The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has received two grants totaling more than $14.4 million through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
According to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., the Game and Fish Department received a $9.6 million grant through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and a $4.8 million grant through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act.
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Enacted in 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Act provides funding for states and territories to support wildlife restoration, conservation and hunter education programs. The Dingell-Johnson Act, which became law in 1950, helps states and territories fund fish restoration and management efforts.
“Through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, excise taxes our hunters and anglers pay on their equipment returns to North Dakota for research and management of endangered species, maintenance on outdoor access infrastructure and increased hunter education programs,” Cramer said in a statement. “North Dakota has a rich outdoor heritage, and I am glad to see this popular program delivering additional resources to ensure the state can successfully manage and maintain our recreational lands for this generation and future ones.”
Minnesota received nearly $14.7 million in Sport Fish Restoration funds and more than $19.7 million in Wildlife Restoration funds, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.