RI to Get Federal Funds for Fish and Wildlife

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – State and federal officials say Rhode Island will receive nearly $6 million in federal funds for fish and wildlife restoration projects.

Some $3.6 million will support efforts to boost sport fish populations, preserve fish habitat and enhance access to boat ramps and piers. The other $2.3 million will support efforts to buy and maintain state wildlife management areas.

The grants were announced Monday by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat, and Janet Coit, director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The federal money is generated in part by federal taxes on recreational equipment and boat motor fuels.

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