- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The state of Arizona is slated to receive nearly $26 million to go toward conservation funding.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that Arizona is one of four states in the Southwest splitting more than $1 billion in revenues.

Federal officials say the revenue is the accumulation of excise taxes imposed on some hunting, fishing and shooting equipment as well as fuel taxes.

The funds will support certain conservation projects led by state game and fish agencies.

They will also fund improvements of outdoor recreational activities.

The other states receiving funding are Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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