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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2009

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2009

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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FROM STATES FOR 2009 ENDANGERED SPECIES GRANTS

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Subject: [fws-news] FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FROM
STATES FOR 2009 ENDANGERED SPECIES GRANTS



CONTACT:     Valerie Fellows (703) 358-2285


           FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FROM STATES
                    FOR 2009 ENDANGERED SPECIES GRANTS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and
U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal grant assistance to
acquire land or conduct planning for endangered species conservation
efforts. For fiscal year 2010, the President's budget request for the
Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund includes approximately
$100 million in grant funding for conservation planning activities and
habitat acquisition benefitting federally protected species.  Proposals
must be submitted to the appropriate Service Regional Offices by August
19,
2009.

"These grants are among the Service's most important tools to build
partnerships with the States," said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould.
"They provide states and territories with vital funding, enabling them
to
work with local communities and private landowners to protect habitat
and
conserve threatened and endangered species."

The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund is authorized under
Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act and provides grants to states
and
territories to support participation in a wide array of voluntary
conservation projects for species on the federal list of threatened and
endangered species, as well as for species that are either candidates or
have been proposed for listing.

The Service is seeking proposals under the following three Cooperative
Endangered Species Conservation Fund categories:

Recovery Land Acquisition Grants - These grants provide funds to states
and
territories for acquisition of threatened and endangered species habitat
in
support of approved and draft species recovery plans. Acquiring habitat
in
order to secure long term protection is often the critical element in a
comprehensive recovery effort for a listed species.  One example from
last
year's recipients include a grant for $840,593 to acquire a 1,242-acre
tract that protects the ocelot, jaguarundi, northern aplomado falcon,
and
several state-protected species in Cameron County, Texas.

Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants - This category provides
funds to states and territories to support the development of Habitat
Conservation Plans (HCPs). The purpose of an HCP is to ensure adequate
protection of suitable habitat for threatened and endangered species,
while
at the same time providing for economic growth and development. These
grants provide support for baseline surveys and inventories, document
preparation, outreach, and similar planning activities. For instance,
the
states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas,
Oklahoma,
New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas received a total of $1,080,990 last year
to
assist in the development of a landscape level, multi-species HCP
designed
to avoid and minimize impacts to endangered and threatened species
associated with wind energy development.

HCP Land Acquisition Grants - These grants provide funds to states and
territories to acquire land associated with approved HCPs.  They do not
fund mitigation required of an HCP permittee, but rather, support
acquisitions by the state or local governments of habitat that
complement
actions associated with the HCP.  For example, one of last year's
recipients was the state of Wisconsin, which received $1.5 million to
acquire 1,110 acres in the Quincy Bluff and Wetlands State Natural Area
to
permanently protect habitat for the Karner blue butterfly, which
provided
substantial benefits for the recovery efforts of the Glacial Lake
Wisconsin
Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Unit.

For the first time, through this notice for fiscal year 2010, the
Service
is incorporating aspects of climate change when evaluating the proposals
submitted through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund.
The Service will look at criteria that address concerns and
methodological
approaches to the emerging science and potential impacts of climate
change
on listed species.

By law, the state or territory must have a current cooperative agreement
with the Secretary of Interior and contribute 25 percent of the
estimated
program costs of approved projects, or 10 percent when two or more
states
or territories undertake a joint project.  The grants are expected to be
awarded soon after federal appropriations are provided for fiscal year
2010.

For more information about these grants and grant application
requirements
contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Consultation,
Habitat
Conservation Planning, Recovery and State Grants, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive,
Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203, 703-358-2106. Information also can be
accessed at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/ .

The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund is identified in
the
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance as number 15.615.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others
to
conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats
for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and
trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our
scientific
excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated
professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on
our
work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.
                                  - FWS -


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