DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials approved a multi-year plan to continue increasing accessible sporting land across the state.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners voted Thursday to add 100,000 more acres to state-owned public land by this fall.

Officials say the department pays about $900,000 a year to lease about 485,000 acres already, but has a goal to reach 1 million acres.

Officials say hunters and anglers only have access to about 20% of state land from September to February through the Public Access Program.

Wildlife officials say sportsman and women contribute money to the program through licensing fees and taxes.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife representatives say the locations of the new open sites will be announced in August.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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