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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director Bob Broscheid on Tuesday, March 20, accepted a check for $29 million from the U.S. Department of Interior, declaring the funding “critical to CPW’s efforts for wildlife conservation, research, habitat preservation” as well as for supporting hunting and fishing programs.

The check was presented by Downey Magallanes, deputy chief of staff for policy for the Interior Department. Magallanes explained the money represents Colorado’s share of $1.1 billion in federal excise taxes collected last year on the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, guns, ammunition and archery equipment, fishing tackle, boats and related items.

“American sportsmen are great conservationists,” Magallanes said. “We are thankful to you for all you do. You are keeping hunting and fishing alive for future generations.”

Broscheid also praised the hunting, fishing and shooting sports communities, many of which had representatives at the ceremony.

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