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Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Almost $40 Million in User-Generated Funding to Help Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

More than $882.4 million in excise tax revenues generated in 2012 by
sportsmen and sportswomen will be distributed to state and territorial fish
and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation and recreation
projects across the nation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced
today.

The State of Alaska will receive almost $40-million in combined Wildlife
Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration funding.

These funds are made available to all 50 states and territories through the
Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish
Restoration programs. Revenues come from excise taxes generated by the sale
of sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and
tackle, and electric outboard motors. Recreational boaters also contribute
to the program through fuel taxes on motorboats and small engines. The
Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program national apportionment for
2013 totals $522.5 million. The Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration
Program national apportionment for 2013 totals $359.9 million.

“Men and women who hunt, fish, and boat have formed the backbone of
wildlife conservation in America for more than 75 years,” said U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service Alaska Regional Director Geoff Haskett. “Together,
they help fund everything from fish and wildlife conservation to shooting
ranges to improved boat access. They are truly some of America’s first and
most dedicated conservationists.”

“These trust funds are dedicated by Congress, administered to state fish
and wildlife agencies by the USFWS,  and are used exclusively to restore
and manage fisheries and wildlife and their habitats; open and maintain
recreational access for all (including shooting ranges); and deliver hunter
and boating safety education,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Commissioner Cora Campbell.  “The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is
grateful to the manufacturers of hunting and fishing equipment who provide
this funding through their payment of an annual excise tax, as well as to
the millions of anglers, boaters, hunters and shooters who purchase this
equipment.  The annual Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration apportionment is
matched with state hunting and fishing license revenues to support
successful wildlife and fisheries conservation, management, and research
across the state.”

The Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program reimburses up to
75 percent of the cost of each eligible project while state fish and
wildlife agencies contribute a minimum of 25 percent, generally using
hunting and fishing license revenues as the required non-Federal match.

Funding is paid by manufacturers, producers, and importers, and distributed
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration
Program to each state and territory. For information on funding for each
state, visit
http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2013/pdf/Master_apport_table_Final_2013.pdf.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs have generated a total of
more than $15.3 billion since their inception – in 1937 in the case of the
Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program, and 1950 for the
Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program – to conserve fish and
wildlife resources. The recipient fish and wildlife agencies have matched
these program funds with more than $5.1 billion. This funding is critical
to sustaining healthy fish and wildlife populations and providing
opportunities for all to connect with nature.

Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish
Restoration Program website at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/ for more
information on the goals and accomplishments of these programs and for
individual state, commonwealth, and territorial funding allocations.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others
to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a
leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our
scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources,
dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more
information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit
www.fws.gov

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