Environmental Documents for SHARE Program Released for Public Comment

Media Contacts:
Victoria Barr, DFG Wildlife Branch, (916) 445-4034
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420

The public is invited to comment on environmental documents regarding the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) program. The Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) SHARE program provides monetary incentives to private landowners to allow public access for a variety of outdoor recreation activities including hunting and fishing.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency’s Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) has awarded DFG a grant in excess of $500,000 to operate the program. Grant funds will be used to expand the SHARE program by enrolling new properties and promoting the program statewide.

Public comments are needed on a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the operation of the SHARE program. Both the PEA and FONSI are posted on DFG’s website at www.dfg.ca.gov/news/pubnotice. Comments will be accepted until December 14, 2011 and should be submitted by e-mail to vbarr@dfg.ca.gov or in writing to:

Victoria Barr, SHARE Program Coordinator
California Department of Fish and Game
1812 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95811