The Region 2 (Southwest Region) handles a variety of state grant programs, ranging from the more than half-a-century-old Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs, to relatively recent additions such as State Wildlife Grants.
Approximately $100 million in federal funding is awarded each year through the nine grant programs to eligible state agencies in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Thanks to successful partnerships forged decades ago, the public continues to benefit from fish and wildlife conservation, management and restoration efforts in the southwest.
Restoration of the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout
Restoration of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is possible through Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program dollars, first derived from excise taxes paid on hunting, boating and fishing gear. Watch for yourself how anglers pay for native trout conservation.
Cliff Schleusner, Chief, Southwest Region Wildlife Sport Fish and Restoration Program holds a Merriam turkey while his Dad Cliff Sr. looks on - harvested in the Gila Natoianl Forest New Mexico. Credit: USFWS.
Spring Ritual, Lasting Impressions There's No Season Like Turkey Season
He may not like broccoli, but he loves to fish. And it's a love former President George Herbert Walker Bush hopes to share with his Vamos a Pescar Education Fund. The fund was created by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation ( http://www.takemefishing.org/ ), and seeded with $125,000 from Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris. Texas Parks and Wildlife is among the inaugural recipients which will use funds to promote angling and conservation in under-served communities.
After many of the improvements with use of the Federal grants and matching funds were completed, members of the public were invited to tour the marina. Today the rejuvenated Corpus Christi Municipal Marina is an outstanding example of how the Boating Infrastructure Grants can be used. Photo credit: P. Davidson.
Federal Grant Programs Key to Coastal Marina’s Renovation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southwest Region works with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to provide grants under the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program and Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program to support boating access infrastructure and boat sanitation reception facilities in Texas. Both of these grants were key in orchestrating a major renovation effort at the Municipal Marina in Corpus Christi, Texas. With federal grants as seed funding, the Superintendent at this Texas marina was able to garner matching funds and begin implementing improvements at the marina. CVA funds were used to install pump-out units. BIG funds were used to provide amenities for boaters and to construct additional docks. After implementing clean facilities and pollution abatement practices, the Corpus Christi Municipal Marina received the first “Clean Marina” designation in the State of Texas.
USFWS Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration Program Has Generated $14 Billion for Conservation from Hunters and Anglers
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has released a landmark publication celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America.
This vital program provides more than $700 million each year through the sale of hunting and fishing equipment to support habitat conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.
Draft Environmental Assessment for the Rock Lake State Fish Hatchery Expansion Project, Phase II, Guadalupe County, New Mexico. Comments due by February 12, 2016. Please submit comments to Kelly_Oliver-Amy@fws.gov.