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Office of the Secretary                                                      Contact:                                  For Immediate Release: March 10, 2004                 Nicholas Throckmorton, 202-208-5634

Secretary Norton Announces $61 Million in Grants
to States to Support Wildlife and Habitats

Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will award $61.2 million in wildlife grants to state and territorial wildlife agencies.

The State Wildlife Grant program is designed to assist states in the development and implementation of programs that benefit wildlife, including species not fished or hunted, and their habitats. The funds are made available through annual appropriations.

"The grant program demonstrates our commitment to conservation partnerships with state wildlife agencies," said Interior Secretary Gale Norton. "This program exemplifies our cooperative conservation approach by helping states to tailor their conservation efforts in a manner that best fits local conditions."

To be eligible for State Wildlife Grant funds, each state must complete a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan or Strategy by October 1, 2005. States may use the funds for project planning or implementation activities. A state may receive no more than 5 percent or less than 1 percent of the available funds. The District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico receive .5 percent and Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands receive .25 percent. The apportionment is based on a formula that uses the state’s land area and population.

"Because so many issues related to wildlife conservation are not contained by borders, states and the Service must work together to coordinate efforts to conserve endangered and threatened species, manage migrating birds and ensure that the foundations for wildlife management are good science and habitat," said Service Director Steve Williams. "These grants continue to allow us to build a future for conservation together."

Some examples of ongoing State Wildlife Grant projects include the following:

Ecology and Management of Swallow-Tailed Kites in Georgia

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division is developing techniques to manage swallow-tailed kites in the Satilla River watershed in southeastern Georgia. The state is also working with nearby landowners for kite conservation.

Bat Protection in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is using federal money to protect more than 30,000 bats of six species at two mines in Pennsylvania. The state will install special gates at the entrances to these bat caves – called hibernacula or winter homes - to prevent disturbance and vandalism during periods when these species are highly vulnerable.

Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse Surveys in Colorado

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will determine the presence of the federally listed Preble's meadow jumping mouse at previously unsurveyed locations, including those along the eastern portion of its range. If these mice are discovered in new areas, the vegetation in those areas will be compared with that in areas where it is previously known to exist. The benefit of the work will be improved understanding of the species range and more accurate mapping of its populations.

Flow Modeling of Southeastern Oklahoma Rivers

The Oklahoma Department of Conservation will use the results of an instream flow study in the state’s Ecologically Sustainable Water Management process for southeastern Oklahoma rivers. This process will help guide future water management and species conservation efforts in this part of the state. There are many fish and mussel species of conservation concern in the selected watersheds.

Expansion of Chiricahua Leopard Frog Populations in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is translocating and establishing federally listed Chiricahua leopard frog populations in all available and suitable habitats on a cooperating large ranch. The successful establishment of frog populations in all available habitats in this area will help expand the current range and numbers of Chiricahua leopard frogs, provide insight into the factors involved in successful translocation and potentially provide a source population for translocation to other suitable habitats within New Mexico.

A complete list of grants by state follows. For additional information, please visit the Service’s web site at <>.

State Wildlife Grants Apportionment

FY 2004

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 15.634

State Amount
Alabama                                                                                                                                                                        950,854
Alaska                                                                                                                                                                         3,060,095
American Samoa                                                                                                                                                          153,004
Arizona                                                                                                                                                                       1,449,489
Arkansas                                                                                                                                                                       714,925
California                                                                                                                                                                    3,060,095
Colorado                                                                                                                                                                     1,270,452
Connecticut                                                                                                                                                                  612,020
Delaware                                                                                                                                                                        612,020
District of Columbia                                                                                                                                                     306,009
Florida                                                                                                                                                                         2,592,298
Georgia                                                                                                                                                                       1,515,288
Guam                                                                                                                                                                              153,004
Hawaii                                                                                                                                                                            612,020
Idaho                                                                                                                                                                             721,085
Illinois                                                                                                                                                                         2,084,443
Indiana                                                                                                                                                                        1,076,313
Iowa                                                                                                                                                                               769,994
Kansas                                                                                                                                                                           905,720
Kentucky                                                                                                                                                                       821,523
Louisiana                                                                                                                                                                       928,044
Maine                                                                                                                                                                             612,020
Maryland                                                                                                                                                                       800,932
Massachusetts                                                                                                                                                             932,424
Michigan                                                                                                                                                                    1,754,509
Minnesota                                                                                                                                                                  1,228,258
Mississippi                                                                                                                                                                   703,052
Missouri                                                                                                                                                                     1,226,536
Montana                                                                                                                                                                     1,078,493
N. Mariana Islands                                                                                                                                                      153,004
Nebraska                                                                                                                                                                       738,529
Nevada                                                                                                                                                                          993,612
New Hampshire                                                                                                                                                            612,020
New Jersey                                                                                                                                                                 1,215,376
New Mexico                                                                                                                                                               1,040,333
New York                                                                                                                                                                    2,945,190
North Carolina                                                                                                                                                           1,455,766
North Dakota                                                                                                                                                                612,020
Ohio                                                                                                                                                                            1,839,503
Oklahoma                                                                                                                                                                      930,946
Oregon                                                                                                                                                                        1,102,960
Pennsylvania                                                                                                                                                             1,993,755
Puerto Rico                                                                                                                                                                   306,009
Rhode Island                                                                                                                                                                612,020
South Carolina                                                                                                                                                              757,142
South Dakota                                                                                                                                                                612,020
Tennessee                                                                                                                                                                  1,060,816
Texas                                                                                                                                                                           3,060,095
Utah                                                                                                                                                                               859,703
Vermont                                                                                                                                                                         612,020
Virgin Islands                                                                                                                                                               153,004
Virginia                                                                                                                                                                       1,243,105
Washington                                                                                                                                                               1,257,489
West Virginia                                                                                                                                                                612,020
Wisconsin                                                                                                                                                                  1,106,520
Wyoming                                                                                                                                                                      612,020



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