Practice social distancing even when outdoors.

Please follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Some Texas state parks, TPWD offices, public recreation facilities and water access points are closed.

See list of temporary closures and operations adjustments.


2014 Farm Bill Programs

Voluntary Public Access & Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP)

Purpose of Program

  • The purpose of the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program is to improve public access for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation on private lands through leases with willing landowners.


  • Private land, preferably with huntable wildlife populations or fishable stretches of rivers.

Contracts and Cost-Share

  • Annual rental agreement rates and lengths will be negotiated with willing landowners based on the quality and location of property and the recreational opportunities that it can provide.
  • Cost share for habitat improvement is also available.

Application Process

  • VPA-HIP is run by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

For more information contact:
Kyle Thigpen
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Private Lands Leasing Biologist
Phone: (979) 696-4148

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