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State Wildlife Agencies to Receive Over $700 Million for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration  


  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region States Receive Nearly $53 Million

February 22, 2008 Press Release

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced yesterday 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.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region states, which include Oregon,
Washington, Idaho, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, received
nearly $53 million of the total funds. Approximately $22 million is the
combined state apportionment from Pittman-Robertson wildlife restoration
programs. And over $30 million is the combined apportionment from
Dingell-Johnson sport fish restoration programs.

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.

Over the past 71 years, hunters and anglers have paid more than $11
billion through these landmark programs, providing critical support for
wildlife conservation efforts across North America, said Kempthorne in
making the announcement. Many of our most important wildlife success
stories would not have happened without the commitment of sportsmen and
women and industry leaders, who anticipated serious conservation needs and
shouldered the burden of meeting those needs.

The Wildlife Restoration apportionment for 2008 totals nearly $310 million,
with more than $61 million tagged for hunter education and shooting range
programs. The Sport Fish Restoration apportionment totals more than $398
million. Federal Assistance funds pay up to 75 percent of the cost of each
eligible project of which the states are required to contribute at least 25

Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act funding is apportioned through a
formula based on land area and the number of hunting license holders in
each state. State and territorial wildlife agencies use the money 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.

More than 62 percent of the Wildlife Restoration funds have been used to
buy, develop, or operate and maintain state wildlife management areas.
Since the program began, 68 million acres have been acquired through fee
simple purchase, lease agreements, or easements and more that 390 million
acres have been operated and maintained using this funding.

Numerous species of wildlife such as the wild turkey, white-tailed deer,
pronghorn, American elk, and black bear have increased in numbers due to
advances in research and habitat management funded by the Wildlife
Restoration program. The state wildlife agencies have also improved more
than 30 million acres of habitat and developed more than 44,000 acres of
waterfowl impoundments. More than 9 million landowners have been provided
with management assistance for fish and wildlife on their lands. In
addition, the states have certified more than 8.9 million hunter education
and safety students, with more than 3 million participating in live fire
exercises on a shooting range.

The Sport Fish Restoration Program is funded through the collection of
excise taxes and import duties on sport fishing equipment, motorboat and
small engine fuels, and pleasure boats. These funds are allocated to the
states on a formula that involves the land and water area, inland waters
and the Great Lakes and marine coastal areas if applicable, and the number
of fish license holders. States use the funds to pay for the stocking of
fish, acquiring and improving sport fish habitat, providing aquatic
resource education and conducting fisheries research. The funding is also
used for construction of boat ramps and fishing piers, and for acquiring
and maintaining public access facilities for recreational boaters.

Since the inception of the Sport Fish Restoration program, states have
acquired 351,000 acres in fee simple, lease agreements, or easements, and
have supported the operation and maintenance of more than 15.5 million
acres. States have stocked over 6.5 billion fish and developed more than
2,600 boating-related facilities and renovated or improved over 6,200
boating access sites. More than 11.3 million people have taken part in
aquatic resource education programs.

In the Service's Pacific Region the amounts allocated to states are:

State                       Dingell-Johnson Funds
Pittman-Robertson Funds
Hawaii                        $3,983,378
Idaho                         $6,822,919
Oregon                        $9,103,974
Washington                          $8,088,360
Guam                          $1,327,792                           $
Northern Mariana Islands            $1,327,792                           $

For additional information concerning these two important fish and wildlife
conservation programs and a comprehensive list of state-by-state funding
allocations, please visit the following website:

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our
work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
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