By: Jodi Westrick
It was reported today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that $1.1 billion in revenues generated through the hunting and angling industry will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation, the Orange County Breeze reports.
California and Nevada will be the main beneficiaries of the funds, with over $63 million going to both states.
“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” Service Director Dan Ashe said in a Press Release. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”