Over $34 million in federal funding allocated to Wisconsin for important management activities

HORICON, Wis. — Wisconsin will receive over $34 million in funding for 2018 generated through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.

These funds will be used to enhance habitat for fish and wildlife, among other important duties, and help bolster the state’s status as a world class outdoor destination. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Horicon Marsh March 20 to announce more than $1.1 billion in annual national funding for state wildlife agencies throughout the nation.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) presents a check to Sanjay Olson, DNR Fish, WIldlife and Parks administrator. - Photo credit: DNR
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) presents a check for more than $34 million to Sanjay Olson, DNR Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division administrator.Photo credit: DNR

“American sportsmen and women are some of our best conservationists and they contribute billions of dollars toward wildlife conservation and sportsmen access every year through the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts,” said Secretary Zinke. “The best way to increase funding for conservation and sportsmen access is to increase the number of hunters and anglers in our woods and waters.”

PRDJ dollars support a wide range of management activities. These funds, which are distributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are derived from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition and sport fishing tackle, some boat engines, and small engine fuel.

“Whether through ensuring access to fishing spots, managing Wisconsin’s many habitat types for wildlife, or supporting any number of other important work done by DNR staff, this federal funding is extremely important to ensuring Wisconsin remains a world class outdoor destination,” said Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Daniel L. Meyer. “We greatly value the partnerships we have with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior.”

Wisconsin boaters generate $1.18 billion of economic impact annually, while hunting contributes $2.5 billion annually in economic impact. Angling creates over 21,000 jobs while contributing roughly $2.3 billion to the economy annually.

Allocations of the funds are authorized by Congress. To date, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has distributed more than $20.2 billion in apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects.

For more information regarding the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, visit wsfrprograms.fws.gov [exit DNR].