The Secretary of the Interior is directed to cooperate with states for the purpose of conserving endangered and threatened species. This includes providing funding to the states for endangered and threatened species projects under Section 6 of the Act.
Any state or territory which establishes and maintains an adequate and active program for the conservation of endangered and threatened species is eligible. The state natural resource agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must enter into a Cooperative Agreement, which specifies the state's authority for management of endangered and threatened species, before the Service can provide funds for projects proposed by the state. Continued eligibility is renewed annually by reviewing any changes to the state's management authority or to their endangered and threatened species program.
Funds for Section 6 are appropriated annually as part of the Service's budget process. The Service's Washington Office distributes the funds to the regional offices based primarily on the number of listed species in each region, and total number of Section 6 Cooperative Agreements with the states in each region. The Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region usually receives about $450,000 to 500,000 in Section 6 grants. However, the proposed projects received from the states usually total more than three times that amount.
The Federal share of a project cannot exceed 75 percent unless two or more adjacent states jointly prepare a cooperative project in which they have a common interest. The maximum Federal share of a joint project in which two or more states are actively involved is 90 percent.
Project Application and Selection Process:
Annually, the states develop project proposals in coordination with the Service Endangered Species Field Offices to ensure the proposals are eligible and address high priority activities. The proposals are submitted to the Regional Office. All proposals are ranked according to a set of criteria which include: The degree of threat of the species, likelihood of recovery, consistency with Recovery Plans, listing status of the species, and so on. The Regional Director makes the final decision regarding which projects receive funds and in what amount.
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Contact:
Lucinda Corcoran, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
|Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs
Region 3: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service