Gun Sales Boost Wilderness PreservationBy Steve Casimiro on January 16th, 2013
Gun sales are through the roof — go figure — and one consequence is that the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration fund could balloon to a half a billion dollars in 2013, since sales of bows, rifles, shotguns, and hand guns, as well as ammo, fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife program. Passed in 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act laid the groundwork for what is now widely regarded as the most successful model of wildlife funding in the world. The program focuses on fish and wildlife management, scientific study, species and habitat restoration, habitat protection, land acquisition, population monitoring and hunter education and safety. And all the sales gains haven’t just come in the wake of widely publicized shootings; USFW says there was pent-up demand in the market among hunters, who see a slightly rosier economy this year. Via JS.com.
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