Secretary Norton to Announce Grants to States For Endangered Species Conservation
(Washington) --Interior Secretary Gale Norton will hold a press teleconference on Thursday, September 23 to announce more than $70 million in grants to 28 states and one territory to undertake endangered species conservation projects. The grants will benefit species ranging from grizzly bears in Montana to Atlantic salmon in Maine.
"Conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered species depend on the federal and state governments working as partners, hand in hand with community partners and private landowners across the country," Norton said. "These grants empower states to protect, enhance and restore important habitat for plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act as well as assist landowners to undertake conservation projects on their private property."
The grants are being awarded under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act. The Section 6 grant programs include the $8.6 million Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants Program, the $49 million Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants Program, and the $13.5 million Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program. The three programs were established to help reduce potential conflicts between the conservation of threatened and endangered species and land development and use.
The states and territory receiving the grants include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
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