Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

$5.1 Million Awarded To California and Nevada to Conserve Imperiled Fish and Wildlife

Mar 09, 2010

  $5.1 Million Awarded To California and Nevada to Conserve Imperiled Fish and Wildlife

 Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute more than $76.5 million nationwide to the fish and wildlife agencies of the 50 states, commonwealths, the District of Columbia, and territories to help conserve and recover imperiled fish and wildlife through the State Wildlife Grant Program. California will receive $3.8 million and Nevada will receive $1.3 million. Since the program’s inception, Congress has provided over $573 million for conservation work on state and private lands.

 “The State Wildlife Grant program is part of the Department of the Interior’s ongoing commitment to the essential conservation efforts of states," said Salazar. “In our challenging economic climate, the program ensures that states will have the necessary resources to help conserve their highest priority wildlife, plants, and habitat – an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.”

 The State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG) provides federal grant funds for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. For the past nine years, this grants program has provided a stable federal funding source for state fish and wildlife agencies. This stability has been critical to the recovery and resilience of many species in greatest need of conservation. This year’s funds come from the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 2996). 

 The SWG provides grants to states through a formula-based distribution calculated using the state’s land area and population. Awarded funds support activities related to both planning and implementation. Planning activities must contribute directly to the development or modification of the state’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (also known as Wildlife Action Plan) approved by the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Implementation activities are activities that a state intends to carry out to execute their Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan. All funded activities must link with species, actions, or strategies included in each state’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan.

 Please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Web site at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/ for state, commonwealth, and the District of Columbia territory funding allocations or for more information on the program.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.