Utah will receive more than $5.14 million in hunting, fishing and boating equipment revenues to help finance state fisheries and wildlife restoration projects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
The state will receive $2,959,014 in sport fish restoration funds. The money comes from excise taxes on the sale of fishing gear, electric trolling motors, sonar fish finders and pleasure boats, and a tax on motorboat fuels.Another $1,978,321 in wildlife restoration money and $206,000 in hunter education funds comes from excise taxes on the sales of sporting arms and ammunition, handguns and archery equipment.
Distribution of the restoration funds is based on land and water areas, and the number of fishing and hunting license holders in each state. Hunter education funds are based on each state's population.
The funds can be used for such projects as purchases of wildlife habitat and wetlands, and improving or constructing boat launching areas. States must pay at least 25 percent of the cost of such projects.
"The comeback of the wild turkey, the wood duck, native brook and cutthroat trout, and many other popular species can be directly attributed to these two programs," said service Director Frank Dunkle.