Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Service Provides $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies Benefiting Outdoor Recreationists, Conservation, Regional Economies

April 28, 2015

Contact(s):

Christina Meister, christina_meister@fws.gov, (703) 358-2284



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and angling industry to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation. The funds support critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects that benefit all Americans.

The Service apportions the funds to all 50 states and U.S. territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs. Revenues come from excise taxes generated by the sale of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, electric boat motors, and from taxes on the purchase of motorboat fuel.

“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.”

Pittman Robertson-Dingell Johnson funds are distributed by the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. Since their inception, the programs have generated more than $15 billion to conserve fish and wildlife resources and support outdoor recreation opportunities for the American public. The recipient State fish and wildlife agencies have matched these funds with more than $5 billion over the years, mostly through hunting and fishing license revenues.

“The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program provides critical funding for conservation projects and outdoor recreation activities across this great nation,” said Assistant Director Hannibal Bolton of the Service’s WSFR program. “I can’t stress enough that the key to the program’s success is through our dedicated partnerships with State agencies, non-government organizations and many others.”  

“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. “The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has made the difference between the survival and abundance of some species and it helps agencies, like mine, manage a vast estate of lands and waters and connect more people to wildlife-related recreation.”

Below is a state-by-state listing of the Service’s final apportionment of Wildlife Restoration Funds and Sport Fish Restoration funds for Fiscal Year 2015. To learn more about the Service’s WSFR program visit: http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/.

 

 

STATE

                   

ALABAMA

 

$25,562,321

             

ALASKA

 

$51,951,630

             

AMERICAN SAMOA

$2,502,516

             

ARIZONA

 

$27,219,443

             

ARKANSAS

 

$19,403,525

             

CALIFORNIA

 

$44,134,573

             

COLORADO

 

$28,516,034

             

CONNECTICUT

 

$9,242,606

             

DELAWARE

 

$8,232,316

             

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$1,155,056

             

FLORIDA

 

$25,607,039

             

GEORGIA

 

$25,236,594

             

GUAM

   

$2,502,516

             

HAWAII

   

$8,232,316

             

IDAHO

   

$21,670,126

             

ILLINOIS

 

$23,783,360

             

INDIANA

 

$18,386,530

             

IOWA

   

$16,502,569

             

KANSAS

 

$19,984,814

             

KENTUCKY

 

$19,623,501

             

LOUISIANA

 

$22,570,941

             

MAINE

   

$11,872,265

             

MARYLAND

 

$11,140,015

             

MASSACHUSETTS

$11,131,347

             

MICHIGAN

 

$37,569,842

             

MINNESOTA

 

$37,850,616

             

MISSISSIPPI

 

$15,109,447

             

MISSOURI

 

$29,783,609

             

MONTANA

 

$29,781,997

             

N. MARIANA ISLANDS

$2,502,516

             

NEBRASKA

 

$17,608,725

             

NEVADA

 

$19,340,531

             

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$8,232,316

             

NEW JERSEY

 

$11,131,347

             

NEW MEXICO

 

$22,125,164

             

NEW YORK

 

$28,927,341

             

NORTH CAROLINA

$31,320,942

             

NORTH DAKOTA

$16,004,762

             

OHIO

   

$24,084,830

             

OKLAHOMA

 

$25,729,133

             

OREGON

 

$26,047,277

             

PENNSYLVANIA

 

$37,974,470

             

PUERTO RICO

 

$7,024,381

             

RHODE ISLAND

 

$8,232,316

             

SOUTH CAROLINA

$15,674,905

             

SOUTH DAKOTA

 

$19,016,379

             

TENNESSEE

 

$31,366,355

             

TEXAS

   

$54,850,661

             

UTAH

   

$20,944,045

             

VERMONT

 

$8,232,316

             

VIRGIN ISLANDS

$2,502,516

             

VIRGINIA

 

$19,431,901

             

WASHINGTON

 

$22,215,325

             

WEST VIRGINIA

 

$12,088,070

             

WISCONSIN

 

$36,479,149

             

WYOMING                                      $19,662,264

 


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