Washington will receive $21.2 million to fund wildlife conservation and recreation projects, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Tuesday. The money is part of $1.1 billion in excise tax revenues paid by sportsmen on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and tackle, and electric outboard motors.
“People who enjoy hunting, fishing, boating and recreational shooting provide a strong foundation for conservation funding in this country,” Jewell said in the statement. “The taxes they pay on equipment and boating fuel support critical fish and wildlife management and conservation efforts, create access for recreational boating, and underpin education programs that help get kids outdoors.”
The total distribution this year is $238.4 million higher than last year.