$2.5m for conservation, recreation

Feb 28, 2021

The Commonwealth’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is receiving $2,512,312 in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program grants, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. DFW is receiving $1,380,868 in sport fish restoration funds for fishery projects, boating access, and aquatic education, and an additional $1,131,444 in wildlife restoration funds for supporting projects to restore, conserve, manage, and enhance wild birds and mammals and their habitat. The funds are made available from revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts. When anglers, hunters, and boaters purchase equipment and fuel, the manufacturers and importers of those goods pay into the Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration and Boating trust funds. These funds are then distributed to support wildlife agencies across the country. Funding increased substantially this year due to increases in fishing equipment, motorboat fuel, and firearm revenues.