REAP Grant Available for Land Acquisition

More than  $200,000 in grants is available to cost share land acquisitions with private  organizations. Applications are available at www.iowareap.com then click on  REAP Grants in the left column.

Applications are  due March 14th by 4:30 pm.

The cost-share  arrangement entails 75 percent of the acquisition costs coming from Resource  Enhancement and Protection (REAP) and the other 25 percent coming from private  contributions. This program provides an excellent opportunity for conservation  organizations to help provide additional outdoor recreation opportunities and  protect critical habitat. The DNR owns and manages the property that is jointly  purchased on behalf of the public.

A project review  committee made up of three DNR administrators and three representatives of  private conservation organizations selects the projects.

Recent projects  include additions to Pine Lake State Park, Pictured Rocks Wildlife Management  Area and the Loess Hills Wildlife Area.

REAP is funded  from the state’s Environment First Fund (Iowa gaming receipts) and from the sale  of the natural resource license plate.

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