Cramer Announces North Dakota Awarded $14.3 Million by U.S. Fish and Wildlife
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded North Dakota $14.3 million in funding. The state will receive $10,085,485 in wildlife restoration funds and $4,233,305 in sport fish restoration funds. The monies will be used to maintain and restore fish and wildlife resources, educate hunters, and fund sport shooting ranges.
“North Dakota is a sportsman's paradise and we have a long history of wisely using public lands for conservation and hunting,” said Cramer. “These funds will be used to maintain and increase access to hunting and fishing resources throughout North Dakota.”
Hunting and fishing are an important way of life to tens of millions of Americans. These sports have a long history in the conservation of our nation’s resources and are key components of our North Dakota economy. In 2011, Americans spent more than $145 billion on wildlife-related recreation. This represents approximately one percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.