EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally announced the release of $1.1 billion from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act on Tuesday, June 13 that will continue to support fish, wildlife and habitat conservation.
Prior to the announcement, Zinke met with a group of hunting and conservation representatives, including local National Wild Turkey Federation representatives Fred Bird, regional director, and Matt DiBona, district biologist.
The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act, was established in 1937 and imposes a tax on firearms, ammunition, archery and fishing equipment. Those funds are then returned to each state to manage wildlife and habitats.
Since its inception, the act has collected $11 billion for wildlife conservation. In addition to helping restore wild turkey, the funding has helped restore additional species such as white-tailed deer and wood ducks.