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Fish and Wildlife Funding


Update: Fall 2013

The Energy Utilities and Technology Committee chose not to move forward with this bill (LD 219) and did not incorporate it into the final energy bill.

Background

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) has seen a decline in its historic funding sources and needs additional, stable revenue for its education, enforcement, and non-game programs in order to ensure the future sustainability of all Maine wildlife and wildlife habitat. LD 219 dedicates 10% of all revenues derived from the use of state-owned land and assets for energy infrastructure development (i.e., utility transmission corridors) up to a total of $5,000,000 must be deposited annually in a special fund and allocated to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to support the operations of that department.