Imperiled species will benefit from a total of $5.6 million for 16 projects in 12 states through the Service's competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants, which focus on large-scale conservation projects for species identified by states as Species of Greatest Conservation Need, will be matched by more than $2.9 million in non-federal funds from states and their partners. The 12 states receiving grants are AZ, CO, ID, IA, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NE, SC, and WA.
A California condor chick is growing up in Zion National Park in Utah, biologists say, the first condor chick hatched in the state since the last condors were taken into captivity more than 25 years ago. Last month, biologists noted that a pair of California condors was acting in a family way. Weeks later, the chick made an appearance. The California condor is an amazing success of the Endangered Species Act. The population of condors had declined to just 22 birds in the wild in 1982, and the species was extirpated from the wild in 1987. Captive-breeding efforts mean the wild population is now more than 230.
A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act program. Funds for the program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is maintained through the collection of fishing tackle manufacturer excise taxes and boat and fishing import duties, as well as motorboat and small engine fuel taxes. "Clean water is a fundamental need for both people and wildlife, and a perfect example of how the fates of both are intertwined," said Service Director Dan Ashe.
|Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Register Notices Final Rule Proposed Rule Notice|
|07/22/14. Policy Regarding Voluntary Prelisting Conservation Actions|
|07/21/14. Draft Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances and Receipt of Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit for the Oregon Spotted Frog; Old Mill District Properties, Deschutes County, Oregon|
|07/17/14. Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement With the Bishop Paiute Tribe for Owens Pupfish, Inyo County, California|
|07/15/14. Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designation of Critical Habitat for Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly (Plebejus shasta charlestonensis)|