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IDNR Receives U.S. Agriculture Grant To Expand Parks

IDNR Receives U.S. Agriculture Grant To Expand Parks

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced it will receive more than $1.7 million to expand the Illinois Recreational Access Program.

The department says it will use the $1.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide additional hunting, fishing, boating and birding opportunities for children and families.

The department’s Illinois Recreational Access Program offers rental payments, habitat management plans and restoration project assistance to landowners who agree to allow recreational activities on their property. The department says 65 private landowners have enrolled 13,000 acres in 29 counties within the first three years of the program.

The department says the expansion of access to outdoor recreation, especially for young hunters and anglers, is one of its top priorities.

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