From the National Shooting Sports Foundation . . .
NSSF, the trade association for the firearm industry, previously announced an initiative designed to strengthen ties between all excise tax-paying manufacturers—firearms and ammunition, archery equipment, marine and sport fishing equipment—and the state agencies that use these funds to conserve wildlife and habitats through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The NSSF website that will host videos and other materials highlights industry contributions to this partnership. The second video focuses on the wildlife management efforts put forth by the Nevada Department of Wildlife working in this instance with Bighorn Sheep. The funding for this work is covered-in-part by matching funds provided by excise taxes that are distributed through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.
Since 1937 when the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act was enacted (today better known as the Pittman-Robertson Act), the manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment have been part of a network consisting of sportsmen and women, state fish and wildlife agencies and USFWS to collect and distribute excise taxes—some $14 billion during this period—on their products for the benefit of wildlife conservation, hunter education and shooting ranges.
“It is an incredible model of conservation funding that benefits all Americans, not just hunters and target shooters, and helps ensure sustainable wildlife and habitat for future generations. Our industry’s contributions to this program are something we’ve long been proud of, and we want the employees of companies and state agencies to be also, which is why we’re proud to be involved with the Partner with a Payer program,” said NSSF President and CEO Joe Bartozzi.
The Partner with a Payer initiative was developed to help generations of workers in the industry, state agencies and USFWS attain a better understanding of this public-private partnership, the roles we all play and the many benefits we have available to us in return.
Partner with a Payer also arranges for industry employees to see conservation science taking place in the field, such as at black bear research projects. “These connections between industry professionals and state agency scientists and researchers builds long-lasting appreciation for each other’s work and also the funding that makes so much of what we enjoy possible,” said Bartozzi.
There are several more videos highlighting additional aspects of this unique public-private partnership that will be added to the site in the weeks to come. The videos were expertly produced by Shine United LLC / Kingdom Filmworks for the National Shooting Sports Foundation through a Multistate Conservation Grant awarded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.