U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $19 Million in Grants to States to Help Private Landowners Conserve Wildlife Habitat
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced $19 million in competitive funding for 40 States and Territorial fish and wildlife agencies under the Bush Administration’s innovative Landowner Incentive Program (LIP). The program supports collaborative efforts with private landowners interested in conserving natural habitat for species at risk, including Federally listed endangered or threatened species and proposed or candidate species, on private land while these individuals continue to engage in traditional land-use practices.
"Conservation, especially conservation of imperiled species, must be a partnership between the American people and their government,” said Interior Secretary Gale Norton. “By providing these grants, we empower citizens to restore habitat on their land and take other steps to protect and recover endangered, threatened and at-risk species."
For example, the State of Nebraska will use LIP funding to restore more than 10,000 acres of prairie by providing landowners with technical and financial assistance to improve at-risk species habitat. Projects will include innovative and sustainable grazing techniques, haying, prescribed burning, tree and brush clearing, ecologically sensitive weed control, prairie restoration and the purchase of conservation easements.
LIP, funded through competitive grants with money from the Soil and Water Conservation Fund, establishes or supplements existing landowner incentive programs that provide technical or financial assistance to private landowners. All grants need to be matched by at least 25 percent from a non-federal source.
Landowners interested in participating in the LIP should contact their State fish and wildlife agency. For more information about the grant programs, please visit the Service’s Website at <http://federalaid.fws.gov/lip/lipguidelines.html>. You may also contact: Landowner Incentive Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS-FA4020, Arlington, VA 22203. Phone: (703) 358-2156.
The Catalogue for Federal Domestic Assistance number is 15.633.
States with funding are:
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 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 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 Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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