Three coastal conservation and restoration projects in Humboldt, Marin and
In addition to the $3 million ($1 million each) the
Giacomini Wetlands Restoration
The $1million grant will help fund restoration of 101 acres of a 556-acre coastal wetland ecosystem at the mouth of Lagunitas Creek at the southern terminus of
The $1million grant will help fund the California Coastal Conservancy?s acquisition of 340-acres in
The $1 million grant will help the California Department of Fish and Game to acquire a 400-acre dairy farm located within the Eel River Delta, considered one of the most significant estuaries along the
Other States receiving funds from the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The Fish and Wildlife Service awards the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants to states through a competitive process. The program is funded under provisions of the 1990 Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, with money generated from excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat and small engine fuels.
Including the 2007 grants, the Service has awarded more than $182 million to states and insular areas since the program began in 1992; when the 2007 projects are complete, they will have protected, restored or enhanced more than 39,000 acres of coastal habitat. A total of more than 235,000 acres will have been protected or restored since the grant program?s inception.
For more information, contact the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 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.
More information about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs in