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Midwest states receive $181 million for sportspeople and conservation

March 23, 2020

Canada geese with goslings
Canada geese with goslings. Photo by Alex Galt/USFWS.

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are celebrating the disbursement of nearly $1 billion to all 50 states and U.S. territories for conservation programs. This includes programs focused on protecting and restoring habitat, access for outdoor recreation, and opportunities for outdoor education and outdoor skill development. A combined $181.5 million will be disbursed to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. These funds were generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment.

“Wildlife-dependent recreation is a time-honored heritage in the midwest,” said Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Regional Manager Jim Hodgson. “Ensuring that these traditions continue for future generations, through federal grant programs, is key to carrying on the great American conservation ethic in the modern day.”

Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, these funds support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program is the oldest and most successful wildlife management program in the nation’s history.

To date, the Service has distributed more than $21 billion in apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects. The recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with approximately $7.6 billion throughout the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.

Wood turtle being examined
Wood turtle being examined as part of research funded by a Competitive State Wildlife Grant. Photo by Jessica Piispanen/USFWS.

In a related announcement, the Service is awarding $6.4 million in grants through its Competitive State Wildlife Grant (C-SWG) program. The funds help conserve and protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need and this year will be distributed to nine state fish and wildlife agencies. Several projects involve additional state fish and wildlife agencies working in partnership with these nine states.

State-by-state listings of the Service’s final apportionments of Wildlife Restoration (PDF), Sport Fish Restoration (PDF) and State Wildlife Grant funds for the Fiscal Year 2020 and more information about the WSFR program are online.