Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act of 2000

(P.L. 106-247)

The act provides grants to countries in Latin America and the Carribean, and the United States for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds that winter south of the border and summer in North America. The law creates a competitive grants program to be administered by the Secretary of the Interior, through the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. The authorization of appropriations is $5 million per year through 2003, with 3% or $80,000, whichever is greater, allocated for administration. At least 75% of the funds must be spent outside of the United States and the non-federal match is 3 to 1. The law encourages habitat protection, education, researching, monitoring, and capacity building to provide for the long-term protection of neotropical migratory birds.

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