This year, Sunday, Sept. 2, marks the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (or, more simply, the P-R Act), and the start of a yearlong celebration for outdoors-minded organizations and individuals around the nation.
This 75th anniversary of Pittman-Robertson Act is a perfect time to celebrate our role in conservation funding in Michigan, money raised from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses pays for the bulk of fish and wildlife conservation - and the state's hunters and anglers are justifiably proud of their reputation for paying their own way. Fewer dollars collected from license sales equals a reduction in available matching funds for federal grants.
Hunters and Fishermen, however, are not the only beneficiaries of P-R funds. P-R funds can be used for projects that restore and conserve any bird or mammal species, not just game species. Consequently, these funds have contributed to the restoration of some non-game species (such as bald eagles) and to preserve wild lands that not only benefit wildlife,but can be used and enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts, like mushroom hunters, berry pickers, hikers, birders and others!
The long and short of it is that P-R funds, along with license fees, have been and continue to be how we fund most wildlife management in Michigan and across the U.S. Without P-R funds along with the prevention of diverting license fees to other uses required to get them, conservation in North America would simply collapse. Not just decline but disappear! So Michigans citizens should celebrate and support P-R funds in every way that we can.
For the full story on how P-R funds work, click on this link- http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153--284662--,00.html
For more on funding click this link- http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363-170963--,00.html