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Governor O’Malley Commemorates 75th Anniversary Of Wildlife And Sport Fish Restoration Program

Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry receives $248,000 grant

Annapolis, Md. (April 23, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley has issued a proclamation recognizing the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program for unprecedented efforts in conserving wildlife and fisheries throughout Maryland and across the nation. Established through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the program has contributed more than $13 billion to state resource management agencies since 1939, more than any other such effort in American history. In related news, the State of Maryland recently awarded $248,000 to Famers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, a venison-sharing program that has provided food to less-fortunate Maryland families for more than a decade.

“We are pleased to recognize this unique federal-state partnership, through which Maryland hunters and anglers - the original conservationists - have helped protect our land, our water and our wildlife for three quarters of a century,” said Governor O’Malley. “We are also excited to support Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, a harvest sharing program that allows our sportsmen and women to give something back to their communities.”

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program - a cooperative partnership among industry, hunters, anglers, boaters, recreational shooters, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state natural resource agencies has created the most successful model for fish and wildlife management in the world. With avid support from these stakeholders, the program uses license fees and excise taxes to fund conservation efforts.

Governor O’Malley and Maryland lawmakers recently approved a $248,000 general fund grant for Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. The money will help defer the cost of processing venison for distribution to food banks and feeding programs, providing an estimated one million free meals to Maryland’s most needy families.

“We thank God, Governor O’Malley and the General Assembly for making these funds available to help so many in special need of nourishment during these depressed economic times,” stated Rick Wilson, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry founder and executive director.

More information on Farmers & Hunters Feeding the Hungry is available at fhfh.org.


   April 23, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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