Press Release
Fish and Wildlife Service distributes $4.1 million to California and Nevada for Conservation Work

May 19, 2009

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that more than $61 million will be distributed to the fish and wildlife agencies of the 50 states, commonwealths, the District of Columbia, territories, to help conserve and recover imperiled fish and wildlife through the State Wildlife Grant Program. California will receive $3.05 million, Nevada will receive $1.049 million.

The State Wildlife Grant program (SWG) provides federal funds for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. These program funds come from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“The State Wildlife Grant program exemplifies the Department of the Interiors strong support for conservation efforts by the states," said Salazar. “Along with President Obamas commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the State Wildlife Grants will provide states critical funding to help conserve their highest priority wildlife, plants and habitat.”

Funds support both planning and implementation activities. Planning activities must contribute directly to the development or modification of a State’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan (also known as a Wildlife Action Plan). Implementation activities are activities designed to execute their Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan. Priority for use of these funds is placed on those species with the greatest conservation need, while also considering the relative level of funding available for the conservation of those species.

The State Wildlife Grants program provides grants to state and other eligible jurisdictions through a formula-based distribution calculated using the state’s land area and population. Congress initiated this grant program in FY 2002 and funded it from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since the program’s inception, Congress has provided $502,246,708 for conservation work on state and private lands.

Please visit the Services Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program web site at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/SWG/SWG09Apportionment.pdf  for state, commonwealth, and territory funding allocations. 

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