STATE WILDLIFE AGENCIES TO RECEIVE OVER $700 MILLION FOR WILDLIFE AND SPORT FISH RESTORATION
Kansas to receive approximately $11 million for 2008 conservation projects
WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has announced the distribution of more than $700 million to 56 state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund fish and wildlife conservation efforts, boat access, shooting ranges, and hunter education. Kempthorne made the announcement at the Bassmasters Classic professional fishing tournament in Greenville, S.C.
The funding is made available to states and territories through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs, which are administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Funds are generated by federal excise taxes on purchases of firearms, ammunition, archery, and angling equipment and boat motor fuels.
Under the 2008 distribution, Kansas will receive nearly $5.5 million for wildlife restoration and hunter education projects and more than $5.5 for sport fish restoration in the Sunflower state. These funds pay up to 75 percent of the cost of each eligible project, and the states are required to contribute at least 25 percent.
Projects will be administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Funds will be used to manage wildlife, conduct habitat research, carry out studies and surveys, acquire lands for wildlife as well as public access, conduct hunter education programs, and maintain shooting ranges.
“These two programs are among the most important tools we have for conducting fish and wildlife projects that benefit all Kansans,” said KDWP Secretary Mike Hayden. “Without them, we couldn't do many of the things we do, and we have the hunter and angler to thank.”
For additional information concerning these two important fish and wildlife conservation programs and a comprehensive list of state-by-state funding allocations, go online to wsfrprograms.fws.gov.