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Private Landowners to Receive
Grants for ESA Projects

by CBB Staff
Columbia Basin Bulletin - June 6, 2003

Private landowners in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Idaho will soon receive more than $2 million in grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for projects designed to help conserve endangered, threatened and other at-risk species.

Interior Secretary Gail A. Norton last week announced the Pacific Region grants as part of a national announcement that $9.4 million in grants to benefit imperiled species have been awarded to 113 landowners in 43 states.

President Bush originally proposed the creation of the Private Stewardship Grant program during a speech in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in June 2000. The grants announced recently, the first awarded under the program, will benefit species ranging from the whooping crane in the state of Nebraska and the Delmarva fox squirrel on Maryland's Eastern Shore to the bald eagle in the state of Washington and the koloa or Hawaiian duck on the island of Kauai.

"Conservation, and especially the conservation of imperiled species, must be a partnership between the American people and their government," Norton said. "By making these grants, we are empowering citizens to restore habitat on their land and take other steps to protect and recover endangered, threatened and at-risk species."

Each grant must be matched by at least 10 percent of the total project cost either in non-federal dollars or in-kind contributions.

"Judging from the number of truly innovative grant proposals we reviewed, landowners across the U.S. are eager to work with us to conserve at-risk species," said Steve Williams, USFWS director. "We anticipate this public/private partnership will result in significant conservation achievements for wildlife and wildlife habitat."

The Private Stewardship Grants Program provides federal grants on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in voluntary conservation efforts on private lands that benefit federally listed endangered or threatened species, candidate species or other at-risk species. Under this program, private landowners as well as groups working with private landowners are able to submit proposals directly to the service for funding to support these efforts. President Bush has requested funding of $10 million for this program in 2004.

Grants awarded in the Pacific Region include:

CBB Staff
Private Landowners to Receive Grants for ESA Projects
Columbia Basin Bulletin, June 6, 2003

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