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MassWildlife land acquisitions

Each year MassWildlife and DFG expand existing wildlife lands, enhance public access to lands and waters for wildlife-related recreation, and protect key fish and wildlife habitats.

The mission of the Land Protection Program, a joint effort of the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), is to protect the ecological integrity of the Commonwealth and provide wildlife-related recreational opportunities to the public. Each year the Land Protection Program seeks to expand existing wildlife lands, enhance public access to lands and waters for wildlife-related recreation, and protect key fish and wildlife habitats. Most funding for land acquisition is from bond capital, with the remaining portion provided by the Wildlands Stamp Fund, a $5 fee added to each purchase of a hunting, fishing, or trapping license.

Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and Wildlife Conservation Easements (WCE) are open to fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife observation, boating, hiking, and other passive wildlife-related recreation. These wildlife lands, found from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, include river corridors, wetlands, forested and grassy uplands, habitat for state-listed endangered and threatened species, and high quality parcels of other important habitat types.

Land acquisition by fiscal year

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