Since 1992, the Arizona Game and Fish Department
has received between $6 million and $10
million in Heritage Fund income each year.
The fund is managed to maximize return on
investment by leveraging federal dollars
and by investing in projects, activities,
and community-based grants designed to offer
75% Native species
and natural areas. On-the-ground
research and action to protect native and
sensitive species, to conserve natural areas
necessary to the health of these species,
and to acquire habitat to protect endangered
15% Service to
urban areas. Response to and help
in remediating human-wildlife conflicts
in urban areas through customer service,
partnerships with local governments, and
educational programs and activities.
5% Recreational access.
Activities to provide Arizonans better access
to public lands and recreational opportunities,
including grants, easements, and other assistance
to help ranchers and farmers mitigate problems
related to public access.
5% Youth and adult education.
K-12 curriculum development in environmental
education, professional enrichment for teachers,
and outreach to children and adults statewide
through personal interaction and printed
and Web-based materials.
Heritage grants. The department
sets aside a portion of the Heritage Fund
each year for community and research grants.
Since 1992, the department has annually
made $550,000 to $1.3 million available
Fish has spent nearly $146,000 in grants
for projects in Tucson-area schools and
$1.2 million for projects with the University
of Arizona since the fund started.”
“Tucson Citizen,” Sept. 11,
2004, ”Heritage Fund Projects: Gem