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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2011

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2011

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Nearly $5 Million for State Wildlife Grants

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Subject: [fws-news] U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Nearly $5
Million for State Wildlife Grants
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Nearly $5 Million for State 
Wildlife Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that $4.9 million in 
grants will be going to six state fish and wildlife agencies to help 
conserve and recover Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)
through 
the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) Competitive Program. 

Priority is given to multistate, cooperative conservation projects that 
demonstrate measurable performance results and benefit SGCN. This
federal 
funding will be matched by $2.9 million in non-Federal funds provided by

states and their partners for projects helping SGCN and their habitats.
The SWG Competitive Program, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's 
State Wildlife Grants program, awards grants for projects that implement

strategies and actions to conserve SGCN contained in approved State 
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans (also known as State Wildlife 
Action Plans). Funding for the grants comes from Fiscal Year 2011 
appropriations for the SWG Competitive Program.

All 56 states and territorial wildlife agencies have approved State 
Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plans, which collectively provide a 
nationwide blueprint for actions to conserve SGCN. 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:

1) Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Title: Multistate Sandhills/Upland Longleaf Ecological Restoration
Project 
(Phase 2): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi 

Goals and Objectives: This project will significantly increase the
quality 
and quantity of habitat for priority wildlife species on over 51,775
acres 
of sandhill/upland longleaf forest in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, 
Louisiana, and Mississippi by prescribed fire, invasive species removal
or 
hardwood removal and the planting of native longleaf pine and
groundcover. 
 This proposal is a substantial effort to improve the habitat and status

of about 80 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) among the 5 
primary State partners.         Federal Funds awarded: $981,050; 
Non-Federal match: $552,819

2) Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Title: Rangewide New England Cottontail (NEC) Initiative Continuation
and 
Expansion of NEC Conservation Effort

Goals and Objectives: The project will integrate conservation design and

conservation delivery in 6 States in order to ensure that NEC
conservation 
efforts will be implemented and that they are effective.  The project
will 
deliver 1200 acres of NEC habitat restoration in an adaptive management 
framework creating 50 new habitat patches across the species range.  The

Primary State partners are Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, 
and Rhode Island.
Federal Funds awarded: $1,000,000; Non-Federal match: $452,100

3) Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Title: Driftless Area Restoration and Assessment to Benefit Species of 
Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN)

Goals and Objectives: This project will restore at least 1,600 
privately-owned acres and 3,150 acres of lands owned or managed by 3
State 
DNRs to bluff prairie, oak savanna, and/or woodland habitat for up to 79

SGCN.  The Driftless Area?s habitat has changed greatly during the past 
150 years.  Savanna and prairie loss has been substantial across the 
region, with less than 2 percent savannas and 1percent prairies
remaining. 
 Primary State partners include Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Federal Funds awarded: $972,000; Non-Federal Match: $783,463

4)  New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

Title: Conservation of Blanding?s Turtles and Associated Wetland SGCN in

the Northeast

Goals and Objectives: This project will maintain and enhance functional 
wetland and upland wildlife habitat in New England, New York, and 
Pennsylvania by applying conservation principles and practices needed to

support a healthy Blanding?s turtle population.  The project will seek
to 
prevent further declines by developing and initiating implementation of
a 
regional conservation plan to: identify and protect genetic variation 
among the Northeast?s turtles to improve habitats critical to their 
survival; develop monitoring protocols to detect status and trends; and 
create or enhance at least five nesting areas.
Federal Funds awarded: $637,336; Non-Federal Match: $273,912

5) Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Title: Big Rivers Mussel Restoration

Goals and Objectives: This project will support a regional effort to 
increase populations of mussel SGCNs (in Kentucky, Ohio, and West 
Virginia), and to develop captive propagation, restoration and
monitoring 
protocols which will be used to inform regional and national mussel 
conservation efforts.  Thirty-five mussel SGCNs including 8 Federally 
Threatened or Endangered species will benefit from the project. 
        Federal Funds Awarded: $953,899; Non-Federal Match: $638,585

6) Arizona Game and Fish Department

Title: Western Coordinated Multi-State Response to a Deadly, Emerging 
Threat: White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in Bats

Goals and Objectives: This proposal addresses eligible issues identified

in State Wildlife Action Plans  (WAP) of all six major Western project 
partners and addressed the emerging issue of WNS as a wildlife health 
threat.  All application partners propose improving the status of bat 
species including SGCN (15) species and/or their habitats.  The 
application will have four WNS Priority Areas: Oversight, Surveillance, 
Communication, Education and Outreach and Research.  WNS has been
included 
in the upcoming revision of the Arizona Game and Fish Department?s WAP. 
Because the disease is so new and devastating, it is being included in
WAP 
revisions nationwide.
Federal Funds Requested: $445,715; Non-Federal Match: $204,087

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 
www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, 
follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel
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