Nearly $1 billion in excise taxes was generated last year to support state conservation programs. That money is distributed for state conservation and recreation programs.
To date, more than $22.9 billion has been distributed. The recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with $7.6 billion, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.
“Our conservation model is funded and supported by America’s hunters, shooters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.
“When people pay taxes and fees, they want to know that their money is going to good use,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katharine MacGregor. “These grants are a great example of fees paid by sportsmen and women being reinvested in opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities.”
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 program, which the Service administers, has long been considered the foundation of fish and wildlife conservation in the United States.
State-by-state listings of the Service’s final apportionments of Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration and State Wildlife Grant funds for the Fiscal Year 2020 and more information about the WSFR program are online.
In a related announcement, the Service is awarding $6.4 million in grants through its Competitive State Wildlife Grant 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.