States Receive $1 Billion for Conservation and Outdoor Access

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced that $1 billion will be apportioned across all 50 states and U.S. territories on April 1. These funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting equipment, and motorboat fuel – a pillar of the American System of Conservation Funding.

“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, USFWS 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.”

Authorized by Congress, the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act have supported critical state conservation and outdoor recreation access projects across the country.

For details on Fiscal Year 2019 state-by-state apportionments, visit the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program website.