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Utah to receive $28.3M from record federal fish and wildlife con (www.ksl.com)

Utah is about to receive a sizable amount of new funds toward fish and wildlife conservation.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced a record $1.5 billion funding to help support state and local outdoor recreational opportunities and conservation efforts. A little over $28.3 million of that is headed to the Beehive State.

The money comes from taxes collected on recreational equipment sales — as outlined for years by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act — as well as additional money added through more recent Great American Outdoors Act and infrastructure spending bill.

The new bills are why this year’s spending dwarfs the $32.8 million allocated to states during the 2020 federal fiscal year. About $25.5 billion has been disbursed to states over the 85-year history of the hunting and fishing acts, the Department of Interior added.

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