has been awarded hefty amounts of funds for the and fish, according to a report.
. on Friday announced $1.5 billion in funding to support local and state recreation and conservation initiatives. Just over $28.3 million of it is going to .
The funds come from the taxes collected from sales ofequipment, laid out for many years by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act. Additional funding was derived from the recent Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and infrastructure spending bill.
Department of Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau said the additional federal funds on top of the usual funding help “make significant progress in our work to protect our cherished wild treasures.”
“This is an investment that will allow us to conservefor recreation enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike,” Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland tweeted.
is expected to receive more than $21 million in funding for wildlife-related projects and another $7.3 million to support projects for sportfish. The funds can be used to support projects that help restore, protect, manage, and enhance habitats for mammals, birds, and fish.
Martha Williams, the principal deputy director of the. , said the money received from grants go to state agencies to support programs for restoration and protection of habitats for animals, acquire land and water rights for improved habitats, train anglers and hunters, as well as improve access to and hunting.
“Everyone benefits from these investments, which have ensured a legacy of wildlife andopportunities for all,” she added, in a statement.