More than $6.2 million earmarked for Maine

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The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is to receive more than $6.2 million in federal money.

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton announced Friday afternoon in a news release that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute more than $523 million in excise taxes from sportsmen and women.

The money is to support fish and wildlife conservation and education programs.

Mark Latti, MDIF&W spokesman, said Tuesday that he wasn’t yet aware of the federal funding destined for Maine’s programs.

But, he said, “This is what keeps this department moving.”

Maine’s final 2006 apportionment from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration fund is $2,712,712, according to the news release. Included in that is $2,294,591 for wildlife restoration, and $418,121 for hunter education.

Maine is to also receive $2,908,477 as the final 2006 allocation of the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Fund, and $603,354 as the state wildlife grants apportionment.

The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 for wildlife restoration is funded by excise taxes and import duties on firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.

Sport fish restoration is guided by the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950. It is funded by excise taxes and import duties on sport fishing equipment and tackle, motorboat, etc.

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