US Fish & Wildlife to provide US$47.9M in grants to US states, territories through State Wildlife Grants program for habitat preservation; program since 2011 has provided US$1.8M for longleaf pine restoration in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana
April 3, 2014
– Sensitive and imperiled species across the nation will benefit from $47,877,598 in grants through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. Nearly $3 million is designated to support programs in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Funds are apportioned annually to all states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. The amount released to each state is determined by a formula based on land area and population. States and their partners provide a non-federal funds match for projects that help species of greatest conservation need and their habitats.
“We appreciate the steady efforts of state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies and their partners to protect these imperiled wildlife species and their habitats,” said Hannibal Bolton, the Service’s assistant director for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration. “These partnerships deliver crucial conservation projects which, in some cases, result in species recovery instead of listing the species under the Endangered Species Act.”
The SWG program awards grants for projects that implement strategies and actions to conserve species identified in approved State Wildlife Action Plans. Funding comes from Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations for the SWG program.
SWG funds are being used to support conservation work at state and regional levels:
All states and territorial wildlife agencies have State Wildlife Action Plans that collectively provide a nationwide blueprint for actions to conserve sensitive and imperiled species. Conserving these species can help limit costly listings under the ESA. The plans were created through a collaborative effort among state and federal agencies, biologists, conservationists, landowners, sportsmen and sportswomen and the general public. A national team that includes Service staff as well as directors of state wildlife agencies reviews each plan. The plans are available at http://www.teaming.com/state-wildlife-action-plans-swaps. For more information and a list of state, commonwealth and territory funding allocations, visit http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/SWG/SWG.htm