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After Missing a Year, Funding Restored to REAP

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After Missing a Year,

FUNDING RESTORED TO REAP

IA DNR

June 2003

DES MOINES - Iowa's signature investment program in natural and cultural resources, the Resource Enhancement and Protection program, has been funded at $11 million for the coming fiscal year. In place since 1989, the nationally acclaimed REAP program was virtually unfunded last year due to tight budgets.

"Iowans have good cause to celebrate the renewed availability of REAP funds," said DNR Director Jeff Vonk. "This funding program supports their city, county and state parks and open spaces. REAP also provides funding to landowners for soil and water conservation as well as county and state roadside prairie developments. Historical renovation and conservation education are also part of REAP."

Vonk said REAP is funded through the state's infrastructure fund that comes from gaming revenues. Last year, he said the $2 million authorized for REAP went only to paying off some existing obligations, property taxes and state parks. However, there was enough money generated by the sale of natural resource license plates to fund the REAP Conservation Education Program at $350,000 last year. (See related news release on "Grants Boost Conservation Education in Iowa.")

The legislature approved Gov. Vilsack's request for REAP funding during its regular session, and the Governor recently signed the appropriation.

REAP coordinator for the DNR, Ross Harrison, advised those interested in applying for REAP funds to go to the DNR website, http://www.iowadnr.com, for additional information on all the programs that REAP funds and qualifications for funding. Harrison said Aug. 15 continues to be the deadline for applicants from city and county park and open space projects.

For more information, contact Ross Harrison at 515-281-5973 or via e-mail.
 


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