The funds generated through taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment (Pittman-Robertson funds) have provided more than $1 billion in support for increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation projects across the United States, according to a press release from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The programs are authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act.
“For many decades funds generated by these programs have consistently supported millions of acres and miles of outdoor recreation access and wildlife habitat in this country,” said Margaret Everson, the Service’s Principal Deputy Director. “Thanks to industry, states and hunters, shooters, anglers and boaters, America’s wildlife and natural resources and the opportunities they provide will be available for generations to come.”
To date the Service has distributed more than $21 billion in apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects. The recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with approximately $7.3 billion throughout the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues, said the USFWS press release.