Hunters have played and continue to play a vital role in generating funding for the conservation and restoration of fish and wildlife resources across the United States. That’s the key message of a new video titled “The Currency of Conservation: Archery’s Impact.”
The video offers education about the the establishment of the Pittman-Robertson Act (Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration), which places an excise tax on guns, ammunition and archery equipment produced by manufacturers with the funding going directly to conservation.
One of the projects mentioned, bolstered by Pittman-Robertson funding, is the Cinnamon Creek Wildlife Management Area in northern Utah.
“It’s now public property where the public can hunt, camp and other wildlife activities,” said Michael Canning, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources deputy director. “It also contains important habitat for elk, mule deer, moose, greater sage-grouse and sharp tailed-grouse. In addition, Cinnamon Creek contains a genetically pure Bonneville cutthroat trout population. We will manage the area as a wildlife management area to continue providing crucial habitat for wildlife and will also continue to allow access for hunting and fishing.”
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supplied grant dollars to conserve and open access to the 8,1070-acre property. See the 2023 January-February issue of Bugle magazine for an in-depth look at Cinnamon Creek.
(Photo credit: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)