US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program will get close to $1.1 billion of conservation funding.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies released news of the funding, generated through excise taxes from bowhunting gear, guns and ammo, fishing tackle and equipment, and electric outboard motors and other boat motor fuels.
All told, the Wildlife Restoration Program apportionment for 2014 is $760.9 million, and the Sport Fish Restoration Program apportionment is $325.7 million.
These funds will be used by state and local wildlife and fish agencies to do things like conduct research, provide education, acquire and revitalize habitat, and construct and maintain publicly-accessible amenities for outdoorsmen and women.
If you’re interested, there’s a state-by-state list of the appropriations in the Department of the Interior’s release.
It’s important to think about the thousands of jobs, and therefore people, that are dependent on the outdoor industry. The amount spent on taxable gear and trip-related expenses, and therefore the money that helps the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program goes towards some significant businesses, ecosystems and traditions related to hunting, fishing and shooting.
Do you or someone you know have a job related to or highly affected by the outdoor industry?