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Secretary Norton Announces Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Apportionments to States; Restoration Accounts Pass $10 Billion Mark

April 7, 2006

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With this years apportionment to the States fish and wildlife agencies, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton today announced that the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs have contributed more than $10 billion to fish and wildlife conservation and education programs that benefit Americas recreational shooters, hunters, anglers and boaters.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." With this distribution, the Nations preeminent wildlife management funding mechanisms will mark a major milestone.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432.The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish and Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration accounts each have passed the $5 billion mark," said Norton. Since establishment of these crucial programs in 1950 and 1937 respectively, the manufacturers of firearms and ammunition and of archery and sport fishing equipment have paid more than $10 billion in excise taxes to maintain and restore our fish and wildlife resources. "By supporting the payment of these excise taxes, our manufacturer partners and the sportsmen and women provide critical funds to support conservation in North America."

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." State agencies 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 help pay for hunter safety, aquatic education, and fish and wildlife-related recreation projects. The funds are apportioned by formula under these Federal Assistance programs.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." The Wildlife Restoration apportionment for 2006 totals more than $233 million, with nearly $42 million going for hunter education and shooting range programs.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." The apportionment for Sport Fish Restoration for 2006 totals more than $290 million.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." 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.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." 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. ;

36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." Federal Assistance funds pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of each project while the states contribute at least 25 percent.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." 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 these funds to manage wildlife populations, conduct habitat research, surveys and inventories, and to administer hunter education programs.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." 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, 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 construct boat ramps, fishing piers, and other facilities necessary to provide recreational boating access.

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36. 72. 108. 144. 180. 216. 252. 288. 324. 360. 396. 432." Please visit the Services Division of Federal Assistance web site at http://federalaid.fws.gov for state-by-state funding allocations.

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