American System of Conservation Funding

Summary

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program is known as the American System of Conservation Funding, a “user- pays, public-benefits” program. Since 1937, this System has generated billions of dollars for conservation across the United States and its territories. Currently, resolutions have been passed in 17 states, and eight governors have signed proclamations in support of the American System of Conservation Funding.

Background

For the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs, CSF developed a comprehensive policy brief, to better explain the American System of Conservation Funding and how sportsmen and women are the primary contributors to conservation funding through this System.

Recent Activity

In recognition of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program's 75th Anniversary in 2012, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) members Representatives Don Young (AK) and John Dingell (MI) created a public service announcement to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of WSFR and to thank sportsmen and women for their purchases that benefit game and non-game species and continue to enhance our country’s outdoor traditions and opportunities.

CSF, in coordination with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, worked with state legislators and governors to draft resolutions and proclamations commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs. Currently, 17 state legislatures have passed resolutions and eight governors have signed proclamations to celebrate the unique "user-pays, public-benefits" system of the American System of Conservation Funding.

States with Passed Resolutions:

Alabama (House)
• Alaska (House)
California (concurrent resolution carried by Senate)
• Colorado (Senate)
Illinois (House)
Indiana (Senate)
Kansas (House)
Kansas (Senate)
Kentucky (Senate)
Missouri (House)
Nebraska (Legislature)
New Mexico (Legislature)
New York (House)
New York (Senate)
North Carolina (House)
Pennsylvania (House)
South Carolina (House)
Vermont (concurrent resolution carried by House)
Virginia (joint resolution carried by Senate)

States with Signed Proclamations:

Arkansas
Colorado
Idaho
Iowa
Maryland
South Dakota
Vermont
Virginia

Downloads

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American System of Conservation Funding Brief Download file

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