Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

Applications due March 14 for REAP land acquisition grants

Jan 30, 2014

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 by 4:30 p.m. March 14.

The cost-share arrangement entails 75 percent of the acquisition costs coming from Resource Enhancement and Protection and the other 25 percent coming from private contributions.

The program provides an opportunity for conservation organizations to help provide additional outdoor recreation opportunities and protect critical habitat. The Department of Natural Resources 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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