LINCOLN –Nebraska will receive $16,565,406 in federal conservation funds in 2014.
The funds come from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration programs, and are generated through excise taxes on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, angling equipment and tackle, electric boat motors and fuel taxes on motorboats.
The money must be used for wildlife and sport fish habitat restoration and conservation, boating access projects and outdoor educational programs that support hunting and fishing. In order for states to spend the money, they must match it with 25 percent non-federal funds.
“We’re able to do a lot of the good things that we do because of these funds,” said Tammy Snyder, Federal Aid to Fish and Wildlife Administrator at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. She added that the hunters, anglers and boaters who pay the taxes are to thank for many important conservation projects across the state and country.
The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs have generated a total of more than $15 billion since their inception – in 1937 in the case of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Program and 1950 for the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Program – to conserve fish and wildlife resources. Nationwide, $1.1 billion was awarded this year. Last year, Nebraska received just under $13 million.