Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

More Than $49 Million Provided to California and Nevada Wildlife Agencies for Conservation Work

Mar 05, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 MARCH 5, 2010
 EA- 10-10
Contact: Erica Szlosek (916) 978-6159

 

More Than $49 Million Provided to California and Nevada Wildlife Agencies for Conservation Work

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that $49.4 million will be distributed to the fish and wildlife agencies of California and Nevada through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR).

This funding is made available through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and is derived from excise taxes and import duties on sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, sport-fishing equipment, electric outboard motors, and fuel taxes attributable to motorboats and small engines.

In California, the Wildlife Restoration apportionment for 2010 totals $15.9 million, with more than $2.6 million going to hunter education and firearm and archery range programs. This is an increase of more than $4.5 million from last year. Nevada will receive nearly $8.4 million, $867,000 of which is dedicated to wildlife and hunter education. This represents an increase of $2.4 million.

In addition, the 2010 Sport Fish Restoration apportionment totals about $19.5 million in California and $5.6 million in Nevada. The federal government pays up to 75 percent of the cost of each eligible project in the 50 states and up to 100 percent in the commonwealths and territories. 

“The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs are highly effective federal conservation programs. In addition to providing a stable financial source, the funding is protected by legislative safeguards preventing its diversion away from state fish and wildlife agencies,” said Rowan Gould, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “For states working to ensure a future for fish and wildlife, conservation education for our children, and opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors, few programs offer this level of support and reliability.”

Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act funding is available to the 50 States, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (State(s)).  More information on Pittman-Robertson or the Wildlife Restoration program is available at: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/WR/WR.htm.

Modeled after Pittman-Robertson, the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act provides funding to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands through a formula based on 40 percent of the land and water area of a state and 60 percent of the number of paid fishing license holders.  For more information on the Sport Fish Restoration Program please go to: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/SFR/SFR.htm

Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Web site at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov  for state, commonwealth, and territory funding allocations or for more general and background information on the program.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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