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Nevada gets $18M from feds for wildlife projects

Nevada gets $18M from feds for wildlife projects

CREATED Mar 25, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada will receive more than $18 million from the federal government for fish and wildlife conservation projects.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday announced Nevada's share of $1.1 billion in excise taxes collected on purchases of sporting and boating equipment.

The tax applies to sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment and electric boat motors.

Jewell says the money helps fund conservation projects, creates access for recreational boaters and supports outdoor education programs for children.

Teresa Moiola of the Nevada Department of Wildlife says her agency bases its biennial budget largely on federal grants such as the one announced Tuesday. She says Nevada's portion is relatively predictable from year to year, but has been slowly increasing.