Pete Nichols : Hunting works here
To the editor
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and angling industry to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation. These funds, called Pittman Robertson-Dingell Johnson funds, are distributed by the service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and support critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects that benefit all Americans.
Since their inception, the program has generated more than $15 billion to conserve fish and wildlife resources and support outdoor recreation opportunities for the American public. In 2015 alone, Colorado will receive $28,516,034 Pittman-Robertson dollars from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This significant investment in the state means the difference in critical conservation efforts across Colorado. Although funds are distributed to all 50 states, in states where hunting contributes largely to the economy there is a greater benefit. Colorado is one of these states that is receiving a large return of Pittman Robertson-Dingell Johnson dollars.
It is thanks to Colorado’s continued rich outdoor sports heritage that money spent on hunting and fishing in the state is returned to Colorado and is able to positively impact our state both economically and environmentally. Each time hunters take to the field and shooters to the range, our state benefits. This is why I got involved with Hunting Works For Colorado. Hunting benefits Colorado’s economy and Colorado’s wildlife habitat.
Whether you’re an outdoorsperson or not, we all benefit from the economic impact of hunters and anglers. Whether for conservation or supporting our communities, the impact is significant, measurable and real.
Co-chair, Hunting Works For Colorado, Craig, CO
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