The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it will distribute $1.1 billion, generated by the hunting and fishing industries, to state fish and wildlife agencies across the nation. These funds go toward critical fish and wildlife conservation efforts as well as recreation projects.
These funds come from excise taxes from the sale of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, electric boat motors, and from taxes on motorboat fuel.
Funds will be distributed to all 50 states through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Since their inception, these programs have generated more than $15 billion to conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities. The recipient State fish and wildlife agencies have been able to partially match these funds, mostly through hunting and fishing licenses.
“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”
“It is thanks to this significant financial investment made by America’s sportsmen and women and the hunting, shooting sports, angling and boating industries that state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies can deliver science-based conservation on the ground,” said Larry Voyles, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies president and Arizona Game and Fish Department director.
For a state-by-state breakdown of the financial distributions, go to fws.gov.