$17 Million in Outdoor Projects Funded
Written by wendycorr on June 4, 2019
Wyoming will receive more than $17 million to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects this year.
The U.S. Department of the Interior reports that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is granted this funding annually from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
The funding is part of more than $1 billion going to state wildlife agencies from revenues generated by excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows, ammunition, sport fishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel.
The amount of money allocated is based, in part, on the number of licensed anglers and hunters a state has, and each state must provide a 25 percent match. Funds are distributed to states as reimbursements. Wyoming apportionments include more than $5.5 million in Sport Fish Restoration funds and about $11.7 million in Wildlife Restoration funds.
Congress has authorized more than $21 billion through PRDJ for wildlife conservation in U.S. states and territories since the act was created.