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January 19, 2012

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program marks 75 years of wildlife conservation, partnership

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joins the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and other partners such as the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to announce the start of a yearlong celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WFSR) program is one of the most significant and successful partnership approaches to fish and wildlife conservation in United States history.

The "WSFR 75–It's Your Nature" celebration brings together federal and state fish and wildlife agencies; the hunting, shooting, angling, and boating industries; and conservation groups to mark a milestone of partnership success that has led to 75 years of quality hunting, fishing, shooting, boating and wildlife-related recreation. The occasion also marks the beginning of a new era in wildlife conservation, during which the partners will establish new goals for fostering and maintaining partnerships to continue conservation and outdoor recreation into the next 75 years and beyond.

The WSFR works closely with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources on numerous projects with funding ranging from SC Reel Kids, new gun ranges to state fish hatcheries and more. These federal funds, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are combined with hunting license dollars in each state to fund important state wildlife conservation and hunting programs.

The WSFR 75th anniversary will include participation in various fish and wildlife conservation events and conferences throughout the year, to culminate with National Hunting and Fishing Day in September 2012.

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