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E-M:/ Michigan Outdoor Enthusiasts Support Wildlife Conservation



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 05 May 2005
CONTACT: Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014

Michigan Outdoor Enthusiasts Support Wildlife Conservation

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will share in revenue generated by excise taxes paid by the country's recreational shooters, hunters, anglers and boaters. The DNR will receive $18.4 million in federal funds to support fish and wildlife conservation and education programs, which represents an increase of $2,467,601.

The funds are made available through a formula under two federal assistance programs * Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Recreation. The federal assistance funds pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of projects such as fish and wildlife monitoring, habitat improvement, acquisition of land for habitat conservation and species protection, research and education.

"Our share of the fish and wildlife conservation funds from the federal government this year are up slightly over last year," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "This support is evidence that Michigan's hunters and anglers have a deep commitment to conserve, protect and manage our natural resources and our great outdoor heritage."

Michigan is receiving $9,945,909 for sport fish restoration, $7,071,306 for wildlife restoration, and $1,388,328 for hunter education programs. The total 2005 Wildlife Restoration apportionment for all state and territorial agencies is more than $235 million, with more than $46 million dedicated to hunter education and shooting range programs. Sport fish restoration support for 2005 totals nearly $295 million nationally.

Wildlife Restoration funds are made available to states based on land area (land plus inland waters, such as lakes and large rivers) and the number of hunting license holders in each state. Distribution of hunter education funds is based on the relative population of each state. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distributes sport fish restoration funds to states based on the land and water area and the number of fishing licenses sold in each state.
 
Wildlife Restoration is guided by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 and is funded by the collection of excise taxes and import duties on firearms, ammunitions and archery equipment. Sport Fish Restoration is guided by the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950 and is funded by the collection of excise taxes and import duties on sport fishing equipment and tackle, trolling motors, motorboat and small engine fuels and pleasure boats.

More than $350 million in revenue was generated nationally by excise taxes in 2004.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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