OHIO RECEIVES MORE THAN $12 MILLION FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EFFORTS|
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio fish and wildlife programs will receive more than $12 million from the federal government as part of the Buckeye State’s share of $530 million in excise taxes paid by U.S. recreational shooters, hunters, anglers and boaters, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
The funding will be used by the Division of Wildlife to support conservation activities such as fish and wildlife monitoring, habitat improvement, acquisition of land for habitat conservation and species protection, research, and education. The federal dollars also will support hunter safety, aquatic education, and fish and wildlife-related recreation projects.
The money comes from the federal Wildlife Restoration Program ($5.3 million) and Sport Fish Restoration Program ($6.9 million). While the federal funds pay for a majority of each project, the state contributes 25 percent of the total cost.
The federal wildlife restoration dollars are guided by the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, which calls for a tax on sporting arms, ammunition, archery equipment, and handguns to benefit wildlife restoration. The sport fish restoration dollars are guided by the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950, which calls for an excise tax on sport fishing equipment, trolling motors, pleasure boats, motorboat and small engine fuels, and sonar fish finders.
A formula is used by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to allocate these federal funds. The formula is based on a state’s total land and water area, as well as the number of licensed hunters and anglers in the state.