The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has received funding in the form of an aquatic education grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In a release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $1.1 billion was distributed on March 6 to state wildlife agencies as a way to support conservation, outdoor recreation and job creation. Revenue for the grants was generated by the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts.
The funding supports critical state environmental conservation and recreation projects nation-wide comes from excise taxes paid by hunting, boating and angling industries. Firearms, bows and ammunition taxes are paid into the Pittman-Robertson funds and sportfishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel taxes are paid into Dingell-Johnson.
The funds are administered by the Service’s Wildlife Sport and Fish Restoration Program, which has distributed more than $18 billion for state conservation and recreation projects to date. Recipient states fish and wildlife agencies have matched funds in the amount of $5 billion in that time, mainly through hunting and fishing license fee revenue.
The TPWD aquatic education grant will be used to recruit, train and retain at least 500 volunteers who are responsible for teaching aquatic education programs expected to benefit approximately 35,000 Texas anglers and angling novices.
For more information, go to fws.gov.