U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials will distribute nearly $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen and sportswomen to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies to fund conservation and recreation projects across the nation, according to a news release.
The service’s Midwest Region received over $210 million dollars, which will be distributed among eight states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
“For over 75 years, hunters, shooters, anglers and boaters have supported the conservation of fish and wildlife resources and the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program,” said Tom Melius, Midwest regional director. “Their support has left a lasting legacy in the Midwest – restoring fish and wildlife populations, improving access for recreational boaters and boosting conservation-related education programs helping people to connect with hunting, shooting, fishing and boating.”
Indiana has been a recipient of user-generated funding for decades. This year, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will receive over $17 million. All of this funding has been invested in restoring and conserving Indiana’s fish and wildlife natural resources.
For more information, persons can visit http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/.