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$22M outdoor industry funds come to Idaho



— The U.S. Department of the Interior announced $22 million to support critical Idaho conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The announcement is part of $1.1 billion in annual national funding going to state wildlife agencies through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.

Idaho apportionments include $6.4 million in Sport Fish Restoration funds and $15 million in Wildlife Restoration funds.

“For nearly 80 years, states have been able to fund conservation initiatives thanks to the more than $20 billion that has generated nationwide,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Every time a firearm, fishing pole, hook, bullet, motor boat or boat fuel is sold, part of that cost goes to fund conservation."

The funds, which are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries.

“Revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts provide funding to states to protect and conserve our nation’s fish and wildlife heritage today and for generations to come,” said Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. “This funding mechanism serves as the foundation for fish and wildlife conservation in our country.”

See wsfrprograms.fws.gov for more information.



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