Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
States to Receive More Than $45 Million to Support Wildlife, Habitats and Imperiled Species

March 4, 2015

Contact(s):

Christina Meister, 703-358-2284
christina_meister@fws.gov



State efforts to protect species and habitats in greatest need of conservation received a boost today as ­the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced over $45 million in funding provided through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program.

“The State Wildlife Grant Program has made a significant impact by preventing the need to list species under the Endangered Species Act,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “The program identifies the highest priorities in each state to effectively conserve and protect species on a large landscape scale.”

The SWG program awards grants for projects that implement strategies to conserve priority species contained in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. All 50 states and territorial wildlife agencies have such plans, which collectively provide a nationwide blueprint for actions to conserve rare species, such as the monarch butterfly, for future generations.  

Additional examples of how SWG funding supports wildlife conservation initiatives include:

  • Prairie Dog:  Using SWG funds, Arizona Game and Fish Department developed landscape tools for prairie dog management. Four prairie dog species—the white-tailed, Gunnison’s, Utah and black-tailed—are considered keystone species because they support the conservation needs of more than 12 other western grassland species. Management for these essential species exemplifies a cooperative and adaptive approach that seeks to preclude future listings of targeted species. This multi-state landscape-level conservation project is coordinated by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which refers to it as the Grassland Initiative. 

 

  • Delmarva Fox Squirrel: SWG and other program funds delivered to state fish and wildlife agencies by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program have played a critical role in the recovery of the Delmarva fox squirrel. The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife used a combination of Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) and SWG funds to acquire habitat for the squirrel. The agency also received a SWG grant to develop a comprehensive management plan for the species in that state. In late 2014, the Service announced the proposed removal from the Endangered Species List of the Delmarva fox squirrel, marking another great conservation partnership success story.

 

  • Kirtland’s Warbler:  State Wildlife Grants have also supported Kirtland’s warbler restoration through key habitat modification such as jack pine management. The warbler is one of the rarest songbirds in North America and is listed as endangered. Jack pine management for timber requires the use of clear cutting and prescribed fire, which provide optimized habitat conditions that enable species recovery.

Conserving these species through direct actions such as reintroduction and habitat enhancement can help prevent listing under the Endangered Species Act. Proactively conserving and restoring valued species helps local communities, agencies and taxpayers avoid potentially greater conservation costs when species become rare.  

“We appreciate the strong ties formed by state agencies and their partners to protect wildlife species and their habitats,” said Hannibal Bolton, the Service’s assistant director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. “These partnerships are critical to the on-the-ground success of saving wildlife and job creation.”  

The grants are distributed through an apportionment formula in accordance with the Appropriations Act. These funds are allocated to states and territories based on population and geographic area.

Grant funds must be used to address conservation needs, such as research, wildlife surveys, species and habitat management, and monitoring, identified within a State’s Wildlife Action Plan. These funds may also be used to update, revise or modify a state’s plan.

For more information and a list of state, commonwealth and territory funding allocations, visit http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/SWG/SWG.htm

Learn more about State Wildlife Grant Program accomplishments here: http://tracs.fws.gov/public/.   

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

FINAL APPORTIONMENT OF STATE WILDLIFE GRANTS

FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015

                           

STATE 

 

STATE WILDLIFE - 5620            

 

STATE WILDLIFE - 5720

ALABAMA

$706,767                                                  

$169

ALASKA

2,299,199                                                    

549

AMERICAN SAMOA

114,959                                                      

27

ARIZONA

1,157,527                                                    

277

ARKANSAS

533,622                                                    

128

CALIFORNIA

2,299,199                                                   

549

COLORADO

978,951                                                   

234

CONNECTICUT

459,840                                                   

110

DELAWARE

459,840                                                   

110

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

229,919                                                    

54     

FLORIDA

2,096,437                                                  

500

GEORGIA

1,215,316                                                  

291

GUAM

114,959                                                   

27

HAWAII

459,840                                                 

110

IDAHO

547,191                                                 

131

ILLINOIS

1,506,940                                                 

360

INDIANA

798,001                                                 

191

IOWA

560,878                                                 

134

KANSAS

665,329                                                

159

KENTUCKY

610,749                                                

146

LOUISIANA

663,690                                                

159

MAINE

459,840                                               

110

MARYLAND

607,466                                               

145

MASSACHUSETTS

671,965                                               

161

MICHIGAN

1,233,175                                               

295

MINNESOTA

912,202                                               

218

MISSISSIPPI

512,608                                                

123

MISSOURI

908,874                                               

217

MONTANA

791,825                                               

189

N. MARIANA ISLANDS

114,959                                                 

27

NEBRASKA

542,750                                              

130

NEVADA

784,548                                              

188

NEW HAMPSHIRE

459,840                                             

110

NEW JERSEY

886,749                                             

212

NEW MEXICO

774,726                                             

185

NEW YORK

2,105,449                                            

502

NORTH CAROLINA

1,170,978                                             

280

NORTH DAKOTA

459,840                                            

110

OHIO

1,310,700                                            

313

OKLAHOMA

693,534                                           

166

OREGON

829,784                                           

198

PENNSYLVANIA

1,442,234                                           

345

PUERTO RICO

229,919                                            

54

RHODE ISLAND

459,840                                          

110

SOUTH CAROLINA

594,372                                          

142

SOUTH DAKOTA

459,840                                         

110

TENNESSEE

812,916                                         

194

TEXAS

2,299,199                                         

549

UTAH

669,105                                        

160

VERMONT

459,840                                         

110

VIRGIN ISLANDS

114,959                                           

27

VIRGINIA

965,548                                        

231

WASHINGTON

972,360                                        

232

WEST VIRGINIA

459,840                                        

110

WISCONSIN

815,464                                        

195

WYOMING

517,593                                        

124

TOTAL 

 

$45,983,994                                

 

$10,987

 


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