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Interior Secretary Salazar announces award of $9 million in grants to states for imperiled species Conservation

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the award of more than $9 million to 12 state wildlife agencies to help conserve and recover imperiled fish and wildlife species through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Competitive Program. The federal funding will be matched by more than $7 million in non-Federal funds provided by states and their partners for projects helping imperiled fish, wildlife and plant species.

The SWG Competitive Program, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants Program, awards grants to projects that implement strategies and actions to conserve imperiled species contained in approved State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans (also known as State Wildlife Action Plans). Grants are scored using criteria developed by a team of Service and state wildlife agency directors. Funding for the grants comes from Fiscal Year 2008 and 2009 appropriations for the SWG Competitive Program.

“The projects funded by these grants target some of the most imperiled species and habitats in the United States. They’re also among the most effective, because they are tied to well thought-out conservation plans that identify the highest priorities in each state – as well as the areas where we can make the biggest difference for imperiled species,” said Salazar.

All 56 states and territorial wildlife agencies have approved which collectively provide a nationwide blueprint for actions to conserve imperiled species. The plans were created through a collaborative effort among state and federal agencies, biologists, conservationists, landowners, sportsmen and the general public. Each plan was then reviewed and approved by a national team that included members from the Fish and Wildlife Service as well as directors from state wildlife agencies.

Funded projects include:

Arizona Game and Fish Department: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Grassland Initiative

– Conserving the Grassland Ecosystem –

Federal funds awarded: $484,780; non-federal match: $217,800


Department of Natural Resources: Multistate Sandhills Ecological Restoration Project – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina –

Federal funds awarded: $1 million; non-federal match: $1,663,587

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife: Establishing a Second Maui Parrotbill Population –Logistical and Research Support – This project will fund the collection of biological information, captive breeding and reintroduction efforts, and the habitat restoration for the Maui Parrotbill – a bird listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This project will also benefit 10 other imperiled species in the State of Hawaii.

Federal funds awarded: $500,353; non-federal match: $406,800

Michigan Department of Natural Resources: Prairie Fen and Associated Savanna Restoration in Michigan and Indiana for Species of Greatest Conservation Need** – This grant will restore and enhance 200 acres of prairie fens and associated savannas to benefit the federally endangered Mitchell’s satyr butterfly, as well as another 400 acres for the eastern massasauga rattlesnake, a candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Thirty-two other imperiled species will also benefit from this project.

Federal funds awarded: $864,020; non-federal match: $600,421

Missouri Department of Conservation: State Wildlife Implementation Resources and Capacity Building Tools for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Federal funds awarded: $319,833; non-federal match: $145,585


Fish, Wildlife & Parks: Clearwater Lands Project

Federal funds awarded: $640,640; non-federal match: $524,160

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: Nebraska Natural Legacy Plan Implementation – At-risk Species Conservation on Private Lands

Federal funds awarded: $1 million; non-federal match: $663,334

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department: Rangewide New England Cottontail Initiative

Federal funds awarded: $731,975; non-federal match: $315,299

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department: Staying Connected in the Northern Appalachians – Mitigating Fragmentation & Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife through Functional Habitat Linkages –

Federal Funds Awarded: $992,592; Non-Federal Match: $719,519


Game Commission: White Nose Syndrome – Multi-State Coordination, Investigation and Rapid Response to an Emerging Wildlife Health Threat –

Federal funds awarded: $940,870; non-federal match: $431,940

Utah Department of Natural Resources: June Sucker Recovery and Ecosystem Restoration through Carp Removal at Utah Lake –

Federal funds awarded: $1,000,000; non-federal match: $510,000

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Multistate Recovery of the Oregon Spotted Frog and the Species Assemblage Associated with Warmwater Marshes –

Federal award: $841,872; non-federal match: $754,409

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Restoration Incentives and Assessments for Private Lands in the Driftless Region

Federal funds awarded: $559,602: non-federal match: $397,486


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