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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

 

  April 26, 2005

Contact: Nicholas Throckmorton, 202- 208-5636 
Sharon Rose, 303-236-4580
 

STATE FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES TO SHARE IN MORE THAN $530 MILLION

 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that State fish and wildlife agencies will share more than $530 million in excise taxes paid by America's recreational shooters, hunters, anglers and boaters, to support fish and wildlife conservation and education programs. 

The agencies will use the money to support conservation programs such as fish and wildlife monitoring, habitat improvement, acquisition of land for habitat conservation and species protection, research, education, and other programs. The funds also will help pay for hunter safety, aquatic education and fish and wildlife-related recreation projects. The funds are apportioned by formula under two Federal Assistance programs. 

“The Federal Assistance in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration programs reflect the deep commitment our nation’s hunters, sport-shooters, anglers and boaters have to conserving fish and wildlife and their habitat,” Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said. “By supporting these excise taxes, sportsmen and women are contributing critical funds – more than $9.5 billion over the past 67 years for maintaining and restoring our fish and wildlife resources.” 

The wildlife restoration apportionment for 2005 totals more than $235 million, with more than $46 million going for hunter education and shooting range programs.  The apportionment for sport fish restoration for 2005 totals nearly $295 million.  

Wildlife restoration funds are made available to states based on land area (land plus inland waters, such as lakes and large rivers) and the number of hunting license holders in each state. Distribution of hunter education funds is based on the relative population of each state.  The Service distributes sport fish restoration funds to the states based on the land and water area (land plus inland water, plus the Great Lakes and marine coastal areas) and the number of fishing license holders in each state.  

Federal Assistance funds pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of each project while the states contribute at least 25 percent.  

Wildlife Restoration is guided by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 and is funded by the collection of excise taxes and import duties on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment.  States use Wildlife Restoration Program funds to manage wildlife populations, habitat, research, surveys and inventories and to administer hunter education programs. 

Sport Fish Restoration is guided by the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950 and is funded by the collection of excise taxes and import duties on sport fishing equipment and tackle, trolling motors, motorboat and small engine fuels, and pleasure boats.  States use Sport Fish Restoration Program funds to stock fish; acquire and improve sport fish habitat; provide aquatic resource education opportunities; conduct fisheries research; and build boat ramps, fishing piers and other facilities necessary to provide recreational boating access. 

Please visit the Service’s Division of Federal Assistance web site at <http://federalaid.fws.gov> for state-by-state funding allocations. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies. 

Two attachments follow:

 Attachment 1

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

 

FINAL APPORTIONMENT OF DINGELL-JOHNSON

 

SPORT FISH RESTORATION FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORT FISH

STATE

 

 

 

RESTORATION

ALABAMA

 

 

 

$4,422,820

 

ALASKA

 

 

 

14,734,564

 

ARIZONA

 

 

 

5,922,343

 

ARKANSAS

 

 

 

5,642,674

 

CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

14,734,564

 

COLORADO

 

 

 

7,008,028

 

CONNECTICUT

 

 

2,946,913

 

DELAWARE

 

 

 

2,946,913

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 

 

982,304

 

FLORIDA

 

 

 

7,914,307

 

GEORGIA

 

 

 

5,633,286

 

HAWAII

 

 

 

2,946,913

 

IDAHO

 

 

 

5,001,608

 

ILLINOIS

 

 

 

5,892,633

 

INDIANA

 

 

 

4,043,934

 

IOWA

 

 

 

4,232,551

 

KANSAS

 

 

 

4,262,230

 

KENTUCKY

 

 

 

4,629,054

 

LOUISIANA

 

 

 

5,200,984

 

MAINE

 

 

 

2,946,913

 

MARYLAND

 

 

 

2,946,913

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

 

2,946,913

 

MICHIGAN

 

 

 

9,945,909

 

MINNESOTA

 

 

 

11,165,735

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

 

 

3,650,051

 

MISSOURI

 

 

 

7,134,020

 

MONTANA

 

 

 

7,019,722

 

NEBRASKA

 

 

 

3,630,946

 

NEVADA

 

 

 

4,414,267

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

 

2,946,913

 

NEW JERSEY

 

 

 

2,946,913

 

NEW MEXICO

 

 

 

5,132,285

 

NEW YORK

 

 

 

7,396,138

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

 

5,494,411

 

NORTH DAKOTA

 

 

3,278,612

 

OHIO

 

 

 

6,878,971

 

OKLAHOMA

 

 

 

5,623,487

 

OREGON

 

 

 

7,087,755

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

 

7,489,335

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

 

2,946,913

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

 

3,702,853

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

 

 

3,699,812

 

TENNESSEE

 

 

 

7,029,132

 

TEXAS

 

 

 

14,734,564

 

UTAH

 

 

 

4,899,623

 

VERMONT

 

 

 

2,946,913

 

VIRGINIA

 

 

 

4,731,149

 

WASHINGTON

 

 

6,124,056

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

 

2,946,913

 

WISCONSIN

 

 

 

10,191,022

 

WYOMING

 

 

 

4,687,372

 

AMERICAN SAMOA

 

 

982,304

 

GUAM

 

 

 

982,304

 

N. MARIANA ISLANDS

 

 

982,304

 

PUERTO RICO

 

 

 

2,946,912

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

 

 

982,304

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

$294,691,282

 


Attachment 2 

FINAL APPORTIONMENT OF PITTMAN-ROBERTSON

WILDLIFE RESTORATION FUNDS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter Education

 

 

TOTAL 

 

 

 

Wildlife*

  FY '04 Sec. 10

 

 

FY 2005

FY 2005

 

Wildlife +

 

 

STATE

Restoration

Reverted Funds

  TOTAL 

 

Section 4

Section 10

 

Hunter Ed

 

 

ALABAMA

$3,185,680

$0

$3,185,680

 

$863,851

180,544

 

$4,230,075

 

 

ALASKA

9,423,210

37,383

9,460,593

 

382,777

80,000

 

9,923,370

 

 

ARIZONA

4,478,083

0

4,478,083

 

996,627

208,294

 

5,683,004

 

 

ARKANSAS

3,944,958

37,383

3,982,341

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,445,118

 

 

CALIFORNIA

6,618,009

0

6,618,009

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

8,006,337

 

 

COLORADO

4,974,212

0

4,974,212

 

835,521

174,624

 

5,984,357

 

 

CONNECTICUT

942,322

0

942,322

 

661,532

138,260

 

1,742,114

 

 

DELAWARE

942,322

3,739

946,061

 

382,777

80,000

 

1,408,838

 

 

FLORIDA

2,812,063

37,383

2,849,446

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

4,237,774

 

 

GEORGIA

3,776,908

0

3,776,908

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

5,165,236

 

 

HAWAII

942,322

0

942,322

 

382,777

80,000

 

1,405,099

 

 

IDAHO

3,972,723

37,383

4,010,106

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,472,883

 

 

ILLINOIS

3,468,951

0

3,468,951

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

4,857,279

 

 

INDIANA

2,501,762

0

2,501,762

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

3,890,090

 

 

IOWA

3,312,473

37,383

3,349,856

 

568,439

118,804

 

4,037,099

 

 

KANSAS

3,630,786

37,383

3,668,169

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,130,946

 

 

KENTUCKY

3,325,605

37,383

3,362,988

 

785,115

164,089

 

4,312,192

 

 

LOUISIANA

3,059,393

0

3,059,393

 

868,100

181,432

 

4,108,925

 

 

MAINE

2,213,097

0

2,213,097

 

382,777

80,000

 

2,675,874

 

 

MARYLAND

1,069,146

0

1,069,146

 

1,028,844

215,028

 

2,313,018

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS

942,322

0

942,322

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

2,330,650

 

 

MICHIGAN

7,033,923

37,383

7,071,306

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

8,459,634

 

 

MINNESOTA

6,012,917

0

6,012,917

 

955,610

199,722

 

7,168,249

 

 

MISSISSIPPI

2,854,470

37,383

2,891,853

 

552,576

115,488

 

3,559,917

 

 

MISSOURI

5,387,714

37,383

5,425,097

 

1,086,872

227,156

 

6,739,125

 

 

MONTANA

5,766,550

37,383

5,803,933

 

382,777

80,000

 

6,266,710

 

 

NEBRASKA

3,366,336

0

3,366,336

 

382,777

80,000

 

3,829,113

 

 

NEVADA

3,634,464

0

3,634,464

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,097,241

 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

942,322

37,383

979,705

 

382,777

80,000

 

1,442,482

 

 

NEW JERSEY

942,322

0

942,322

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

2,330,650

 

 

NEW MEXICO

4,261,695

37,383

4,299,078

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,761,855

 

 

NEW YORK

5,394,676

0

5,394,676

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

6,783,004

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

4,216,470

37,383

4,253,853

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

5,642,181

 

 

NORTH DAKOTA

2,981,275

0

2,981,275

 

382,777

80,000

 

3,444,052

 

 

OHIO

3,838,454

37,383

3,875,837

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

5,264,165

 

 

OKLAHOMA

4,098,639

0

4,098,639

 

670,291

140,090

 

4,909,020

 

 

OREGON

4,678,449

0

4,678,449

 

664,608

138,903

 

5,481,960

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

7,592,666

0

7,592,666

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

8,980,994

 

 

RHODE ISLAND

942,322

0

942,322

 

382,777

80,000

 

1,405,099

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

1,303,704

37,383

1,341,087

 

779,335

162,881

 

2,283,303

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

3,553,023

0

3,553,023

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,015,800

 

 

TENNESSEE

5,708,427

37,383

5,745,810

 

1,105,145

230,974

 

7,081,929

 

 

TEXAS

9,423,210

0

9,423,210

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

10,811,538

 

 

UTAH

3,456,882

0

3,456,882

 

382,777

80,000

 

3,919,659

 

 

VERMONT

942,322

0

942,322

 

382,777

80,000

 

1,405,099

 

 

VIRGINIA

3,070,037

0

3,070,037

 

1,148,328

240,000

 

4,458,365

 

 

WASHINGTON

3,204,707

0

3,204,707

 

1,144,934

239,290

 

4,588,931

 

 

WEST VIRGINIA

2,331,007

37,383

2,368,390

 

382,777

80,000

 

2,831,167

 

 

WISCONSIN

6,059,066

37,383

6,096,449

 

1,041,896

217,756

 

7,356,101

 

 

WYOMING

3,731,061

0

3,731,061

 

382,777

80,000

 

4,193,838

 

 

AMERICAN SAMOA

314,107

0

314,107

 

63,796

13,333

 

391,236

 

 

GUAM

314,107

0

314,107

 

63,796

13,333

 

391,236

 

 

N. MARIANA ISLANDS

314,107

0

314,107

 

63,796

13,333

 

391,236

 

 

PUERTO RICO

942,321

0

942,321

 

63,796

13,333

 

1,019,450

 

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS

314,107

0

314,107

 

63,796

13,333

 

391,236

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL      

$188,464,206

$714,016

$189,178,222

 

$38,277,631

$8,000,000

 

$235,455,853

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The Wildlife apportionment includes adjustments for revised South Carolina license certifications.

 

 

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