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Grant Will Help Conserve Wildlife Habitat in N.D.
Mountain-Prairie Region, September 21, 2005
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A $1 million grant will help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conserve more than 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat in six northwestern North Dakota counties.  On Sept. 21, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved the application for North American Wetlands Conservation Act funds submitted for the Northern Coteau V Project.  An additional $1.09 million in matching funds will come from partners including N.D. Game and Fish Department, Ducks Unlimited, N.D. Natural Resources Trust, Delta Waterfowl Foundation and private landowners in Divide, Williams, Burke, Mountrail, Ward and McLean counties.  Over the next two or three years, the Service and its partners will acquire perpetual conservation easements on 5,586 acres of wetlands and grasslands, and leases on 15,053 acres of wildlife habitat, most of which will be open to public use.  In addition, they will restore 326 acres by seeding cropland to grassland, enhance 9,388 acres through the establishment of managed grazing systems, and create 53 acres of wetlands.  Funding for the program comes from Congressional appropriations; funds collected from fines, penalties and forfeitures under the Migratory Bird Treaty jAct; interest accrued to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act; and from excise taxes paid on small engine fuels through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act.

Contact Info: Kenneth Torkelson, 701-355-8528, kenneth_torkelson@fws.gov
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