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.