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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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May 15, 2001

Hugh Vickery, 202-208-4131
Rick Dornfeld, 303-236-7400 x 241
Sharon Rose, 303-236-7917 x 415

Landowners to Receive Grants for Conservation Actions

        As part of a continuing effort to work in partnership with landowners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing 48 grants worth $5 million to projects in 28 states and Puerto Rico to help citizens conduct endangered species conservation activities on private property.
        "From bog turtles in New Jersey to prairie chickens in Texas to waterfowl in Alaska, private citizens are making a difference for threatened and endangered species," says Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior. "I look forward to building upon these relationships with private landowners to protect imperiled species."
        The grants are part of the Endangered Species Act Landowner Incentive Program, an initiative established three years ago by Congress to provide financial assistance and incentives to private property owners who are willing to conserve listed species, as well as species that are proposed for listing. To date, the Service has made more than 100 grants worth $15 million. To qualify for this program, landowners or other non-Federal partners must contribute at least 10 percent of the cost of the project in either cash or in-kind services such as labor or supplies.
        "Much of the habitat for threatened and endangered species occurs on private land," says Marshall Jones, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. "That is why we need the direct involvement and support of private landowners to assist in our conservation and recovery efforts. These grants will help landowners who voluntarily come to the rescue of our nation’s imperiled plants and animals."

One of the highlights of this year’s is:

C Colorado Cutthroat Trout Recovery, Utah: A grant of $50,000 to help the Northern Ute Indian Tribe to conduct conservation efforts on 200 stream miles in the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservations. Trout populations have declined due to habitat loss, water development projects, and the introduction of nonnative fishes. Actions that will be taken under this program include removing nonnative fish and limiting their future access to reclaimed streams, improving stream habitat by planting willows, creating spawning channels, and fencing riparian areas.

        The Landowner Incentive Grant Program is part of a broad effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide technical and financial assistance, as well as regulatory certainty, to private landowners to address the needs of threatened and endangered species with the need for economic development. For example, the Service is working on 40 "Safe Harbor" agreements with private landowners. Under these agreements, landowners who take actions to benefit listed species can be assured that these actions will not lead to any additional restrictions on the use of their land in the future if listed species are attracted to their property.
        The Service is also developing 90 Candidate Conservation Agreements with private landowners and other non-Federal partners to take actions on private and public lands to conserve species before they are listed as threatened or endangered. In support of these agreements, recipients may be eligible to receive grants for fencing, planting, habitat restoration and other conservation activities.
        Attached are the grants approved for the Mountain-Prairie Region.
        The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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Funded ESA Landowner Incentives Program Proposals for the Mountain Prairie Region FY 2001

Region

Project

$ Amount

6

Working Together for Grave Creek Restoration (bull trout, Westslope cutthroat trout)

13,500

 

Development of CCAA for restoration of CO River cutthroat trout on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation

50,000

 

Habitat Creation and Enhancement for Gunnison Sage Grouse

100,000

 

Protection of Critical Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat (grouse, boreal toad, southwestern willow flycatcher)

50,000

 

Habitat Restoration for Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

25,000

 

KS High Plains Partnership (lesser prairie chicken, black-tailed prairie dog, burrowing owl, AR river shiner, ferruginous hawk, AR darter, red spotted toad, plains minnow)

109,006

 

Tallgrass Prairie Community Health (American burying beetle, topeka shiner, Neosho madtom, Neosho mucket mussel)

50,000

 

Riparian Protection and Enhancement, KS Tallgrass Prairie (American burying beetle, topeka shiner, Neosho madtom, Neosho mucket mussel)

50,000

 

Strategic Watershed Restoration for Topeka Shiners: SD

40,000

 


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