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Fish and wildlife service announces new imperiled species grant program

By Sun Advocate

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a new program which will provide 113 grants totaling more than $9.4 million to individuals and groups to undertake conservation projects on private lands.
This grant program will be available to residents in 43 states including Utah and will be used toward protecting endangered, threatened and other at-risk wildlife species.
In Utah, the Rosebud Ranch sensitive species initiative received a grant for $146,000.
According to the fish and wildlife service, this project is part of a larger habitat restoration program and will restore habitats for imperiled native fish using water previously committed to irrigation.
The project will provide sorely needed fish habitat in this part of the arid west and maintain the restored wetland and open water habitats over a long term period indicated the wildlife service.
“Conservation, and especially the conservation of imperiled species, must be a partnership between the American people and their government,” stated U.S. Interior Department secretary, Gale Norton.
“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.”
The wildlife service explained that 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.
Under this program, private landowners as well as groups working with private landowners are able to submit proposals directly to the national wildlife service for funding to support these efforts.
For further information, Carbon County residents may visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Internet website at www.fws.gov.

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