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ENVIRO-NEWS January 2004

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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE PRIVATE STEWARDSHIP GRANTS PROGRAM

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Subject: [fws-news] FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING
THROUGH THE PRIVATE STEWARDSHIP GRANTS PROGRAM
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contact:  Patricia  Fisher (202) 208-5634
January 6, 2004

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING THROUGH THE PRIVATE
STEWARDSHIP GRANTS PROGRAM

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:

*     Using its $100,000 Private Stewardship Grant, Idaho's Friends of the
Teton River partnered with The Donald C. Brace Foundation, The Arthur B.
Schultz Foundation, The Upper Snake River Fly Fishers Foundation, The Five
Star Challenge Grant, the One Fly Foundation, and the Peninsula Community
Foundation to help restore Teton River fish habitat. To date, three
projects that are part of the group's Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout Habitat
Restoration Project have begun on private lands to stabilize and revegetate
the river's streambanks.  Volunteers, such as teacher Barb Agnew and her
Tetonia 4th grade class, have planted willow trees.  Wetland sod planted
with native sedges and grasses will be placed over erosion control matting
and all previously disturbed areas are to be seeded with native grasses
next summer.

*     Umikoa Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii received a $127,700 Private
Stewardship Grant and quickly implemented a program to protect endangered
species by improving habitat while reducing threats posed by invasive
species.  The private landowners constructed a pond to benefit endangered
wildlife; installed an ungulate exclusion fence to protect 50 acres of land
to benefit endangered plants and enhance native habitat; and plan to
eliminate invasive species within special management areas.  The endangered
Hawaiian Duck has been sighted on ranch lands and the project is located
within the historic range of numerous other listed species such as the
Hawaii Creeper and the Hawaiian Hawk.  In addition, ALU LIKE Inc., a
nonprofit organization, will plant native species to help landowners
improve the habitat's diversity and health.

*     The Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) is using its $22,000
Private Stewardship Grant to continue projects aimed at restoring
black-tailed prairie dog colonies on the Vermejo Park Ranch.   Owned by
Turner Enterprises, Inc., the ranch contains about 60,000 contiguous acres
of shortgrass prairie in northern New Mexico.  The TESF has been restoring
black-tailed prairie dogs to the area for the past 4 years, primarily by
moving groups from the few large existing colonies to establish new
colonies.  The TESF has established 29 colonies and several new colonies
have established on their own. The project will continue for the next
several years, with the intent of reintroducing black-footed ferrets and
benefitting other listed, candidate, or special status species.  In
addition, with its grant award, The TESF is establishing 9 new prairie dog
colonies and developing a plague monitoring system for all the colonies as
well as a plague response program.  The TESF estimates more than 40,000
acres of the project area are suitable habitat for prairie dogs based on
the types of landscapes already occupied and the success of
re-introductions at various other sites.


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.
                                   -fws-
                                             For more information about the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our homepage at
http://www.fws.gov

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