Service Provides More Than $47 Million in Grants to States, Territories for Sensitive, Imperiled Species
For Immediate Release
April 3, 2014
Sensitive and imperiled species across the nation will benefit from $47,877,598 in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The funds are apportioned annually to all states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Apportionments are determined by a formula based on land area and population. States and their partners provide a non-federal funds match for projects that help species of greatest conservation need and their habitats.
“We appreciate the steady efforts of state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies and their partners to protect these imperiled wildlife species and their habitats,” said Hannibal Bolton, the Service’s assistant director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. “These partnerships deliver crucial conservation projects which, in some cases, result in species recovery instead of listing the species under the Endangered Species Act.”
The SWG program awards grants for projects that implement strategies and actions to conserve species identified in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. Funding comes from Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations for the SWG program.
SWG funds are being used to support conservation work at state and regional levels:
- Between 2011 and 2014, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana fish and wildlife agencies received more than $1.8 million in SWG funds for longleaf pine habitat restoration. These projects will ultimately create, enhance and protect more than 15,000 acres of quality habitat for ESA candidate species, such as the gopher tortoise.
- In Florida, partners have used SWG and nonfederal funds to improve more than 265,000 acres of habitat for threatened species such as the Florida scrub jay and other imperiled species such as the fox squirrel.