The Minnesota Walk-In Access (WIA) program is opening new opportunities for hunters and hikers to have access to excellent habitat for outdoor recreation. The Conservation Reserve Program CRP and Reinvest in Minnesota programs protect Minnesota’s endangered prairie habitats to ensure, rare and unique native species of plants and animals have the necessary habitats to be successful and thrive in the landscape. These lands are privately owned and the WIA program allows individuals with a validation access to these CRP and RIM lands to view rare species and hunt game species. The WIA program compensates landowners for allowing access of these individual onto their private lands.
After several successful WIA signups, beginning January 22nd 2018 through April 27th 2018 you can re-enroll and sign up new acres into the program. The WIA field boundaries are determined by the landowner and need to be a minimum of 40 acres. There are incentive payments for specific qualifications. Landowners can get a minimum payment of $10 per acre, with an additional dollar per acre incentive payment for; multi-year contract, being within ½ mile of another WIA or public Hunting land, and being over 140 ac with a maximum payment of $13 per acre.
Contact the Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District office in Clarkfield to find out more information about this program, or call Ian Olson at (320) 669-4442 ext 114. Our website also has a lot of information on all of our programs and services. Visit www.yellowmedicineswcd.org to learn more and stay up to date on all Yellow Medicine SWCD has to offer and what we are working on. You can also LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!