The Cooperative Endangered Species
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The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) provides funding to States and Territories for species and habitat conservation actions on non-federal lands. In Region 2, The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works cooperatively with the Ecological Services Division and state partners to administer this program. Four grant programs are available through CESCF: Traditional Conservation Grants, Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Land Acquisition, Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance, and Recovery Land Acquisition Grants.
Traditional Conservation Grants
This grant program provides financial assistance to States to implement conservation projects for candidate, listed and recently recovered species. Funded activities include habitat restoration, species status surveys, public education and outreach, captive propagation and reintroduction, nesting surveys, genetic studies and development of management plans.
Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)
Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants: Through the development of regional HCPs, local governments incorporate species conservation into local land use planning. This grant program provides funding to States to support the development of HCPs. Planning assistance grants may support activities such as document preparation, outreach, baseline surveys, and inventories.
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HCP Land Acquisition Grants Program
The HCP Land Acquisition Grants Program provides funding to states and territories for land acquisitions that are associated with approved HCPs. HCP Land Acquisition program has three primary purposes: 1) to fund land acquisitions that complement private mitigation responsibilities contained in HCPs, 2) to fund land acquisitions that have important benefits for listed, proposed and candidate species, and 3) to fund land acquisitions that have important benefits for ecosystems that support listed, proposed and candidate species.
Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program
The Recovery Land Acquistion Grants Program provides funding to states and territories for acquistions of habitats that support approved Endangered and Threatened Species Recovery Plans.