In the early 1990's, sportsmen and women realized that the cost of land was escalating and through an organized effort, passed legislation that required that when any person purchases a fishing, hunting, or trapping license, a Wildlands fee of $5 is included as part of the purchase. This fee is directed towards a Wildlands Fund that pays for the cost of acquiring wildlife habitat. Lands purchased with this revenue are open to fishing, hunting, trapping and other passive wildlife related recreation. The other source of funding for wildland acquisition are open space bond funds.
Help MassWildlife protect habitat! Purchase a license or make a direct donation to the Wildlands Fund by sending a check to MassWildlife's Boston Office made payable to: Comm. of Mass--Wildlands Fund.
Consider making a donation to the Wildlands Fund in someone's name. Organizations hosting a presentation by a MassWildlife staff person have often contributed to the fund. Some families who have lost a loved one have directed donations to the Wildlands Fund.