Deputy Secretary Scarlett Announces Fish and Wildlife Service Grants to Conserve Coastal Wetlands in 14 States
January 19, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett today announced $18.8 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants to 14 states in a media teleconference. The grants under the National Coastal Wetlands Grant Program will help conserve, restore and protect coastal wetlands.
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. For a complete list of grants by state, please see the table at the bottom of this news release.
The grants provide funding for 25 projects and will be supplemented with more than $54 million from partners including state and local governments, private landowners and conservation groups. The grants are used to acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands for long-term conservation benefits to wildlife and habitat.
"This grant program supports many of the priorities in the U.S. Ocean Action Plan and is one of the most cost-effective conservation programs in the nation," Scarlett said. “A multi-faceted partnership is the key to success.”
FWS Director H. Dale Hall held a simultaneous press conference at the Field Museum in Chicago with Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois to highlight a grant to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
"One of this program’s many strengths is its support of the states’ own coastal conservation priorities," Hall said. "The coastal areas supported by this program represent essential habitat for aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. Not only will these funds be used to support recovery of imperiled species, they will also help prevent species from becoming threatened by restoring and protecting the coastal areas where they live."
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.
Examples of projects funded by the 2007 grant program include:
For more information, contact the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, or Division of Federal Assistance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203, or visit the program's home page at http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program -- FY 2007 Funded Projects by State
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