Speak Now on Local Future for Natural Resources Des Moines - Outdoor and historical interests will have the chance to shape the future of Iowa's premiere outdoor recreation and conservation funding program - REAP - at one of 17 public meetings around the state from Sept. 21 through Oct. 28.
The Resource Enhancement and Protection Program, has a 20-year, $250 million funding history for parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education, according to Ross Harrison, DNR's REAP coordinator.
"Any person who has even the slightest interest in natural resources and outdoor recreation should consider attending a meeting near them," said Harrison. "They will find it highly interesting and well worth the time in helping REAP to be better and stronger, right in their own back yard."
The REAP Act has a formula that distributes funding to farmers, conservation organizations, educators, cities, counties, historians, and state projects. Funding comes from gaming revenues and sales of natural resource license plates. Legislators appropriated $18 million in each of the past two years, and supporters are still pushing for full funding at $20 million.
The REAP Act also calls for major public participation through county committees and these 17 assemblies. At the assemblies, delegates will be elected to the REAP Congress that meets in Des Moines January 9 in the House of Representatives.
Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources
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