January 6, 2004
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is seeking proposals for private lands conservation funding through its Private Stewardship Grants Program. About $7.1 million is available to support on-the-ground conservation efforts on private lands through this grant.
As envisioned by President Bush, this program provides Federal grants on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in voluntary conservation efforts on private lands that benefit imperiled species including Federally- listed endangered or threatened species as well as proposed, candidate, and other "at-risk" species. Landowners and their partners may submit proposals directly to the Service for funding to support those efforts.
"This cost-share grant program exemplifies President Bush's cooperative conservation initiatives," said Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton. "Private stewardship grants encourage and support landowners and their partners to design and carry out efforts to conserve species and protect habitat on private lands."
In May 2003, the Service awarded 113 grants totaling more than $9.4 million to individuals and groups to undertake conservation projects for endangered, threatened and other at-risk species on private lands in 43 states.
The following are examples of how these grants support private conservation efforts and foster the development of voluntary partnerships:
For more information regarding this grant opportunity and on how and where to submit proposals, please visit the Service's Private Stewardship Grants website at http://endangered.fws.gov/grants/private_stewardship.html. You may also contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of State Grants, Endangered Species Program, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203 Phone: (703) 358-2061.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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