By Kyle Jillson | April 29 2015 18:00

Funds raised from taxes on hunting and fishing industries to benefit outdoor recreationists, conservation, regional economies

Strutting by Lori R. Bramble

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will distribute $1.1 billion in 2015 to critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects throughout the country. The funds come from Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act revenues, which tax sales on sporting firearms, ammunition, and archery and fishing equipment in all 50 states.

“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.”

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