Secretary of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced more than $53 million in grants to 17 states to support conservation planning and …
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Secretary of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced more
than $53 million in grants to 17 states to support conservation
planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and
endangered fish, wildlife, and plants.
The grants, awarded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
(Service) Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF),
will benefit numerous imperiled species ranging from the Peninsular
bighorn sheep to the Karner blue butterfly.
"Our solid partnerships with states are key to Interior's
continued success in preventing the extinction of hundreds of
threatened and endangered species, and recovering species, such as
the bald eagle, brown pelican, and American alligator," Secretary
Salazar said. "These grant awards will support important state
efforts to build and strengthen conservation partnerships, and to
conserve and protect vital habitat for threatened and endangered
animals and plants."
Authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, the
competitive grants enable states to work with private landowners,
conservation groups, and other agencies to initiate cost-effective
conservation planning efforts and acquire and protect habitat to
support the conservation of threatened and endangered species.
"Ensuring the survival of imperiled species depends on long-term
partnerships and voluntary landowner participation," said U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. "The vital funding provided
by these grants empowers landowners and communities to safeguard
habitat for threatened and endangered species and foster
conservation stewardship efforts for future generations."
This year, the CESCF will provide approximately $28.6 million
through the Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants
Program, $10.7 million through the Habitat Conservation Planning
Assistance Grants Program, and
$14 million through the Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program.
The three programs were established to help advance creative
partnerships for imperiled species conservation recovery.
A complete list of the 2011 grant awards under these programs
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 15.615) is available
online at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) are agreements between a
landowner and the Service. These agreements allow a landowner to
undertake otherwise lawful activities on their property, even if
they may impact listed species, when that landowner agrees to
conservation measures designed to minimize and mitigate the impact
of those actions. HCPs may also be developed by a county or state
to cover certain activities of all landowners within their
jurisdiction and may address multiple species.
Under the HCP Land Acquisition Grants Program, the Service
provides grants to states or territories for land acquisition that
complements the conservation objectives of approved HCPs.
Among recipients of today's HCP Land Acquisition Grants is the
State of Wisconsin, which is receiving a $360,000 grant to fund the
Karner Blue Butterfly Land Acquisition project in Jackson County.
With this grant, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will
protect 240 acres of land within the Bauer-Brockway Barrens State
Natural Area and the Jackson County Forest. The addition of these
lands will connect existing protected habitats to benefit this
disturbance-dependent endangered butterfly and a large number of
additional rare species that depend on the barrens ecosystem.
The Stimson Forestlands Conservation Project in Missoula,
Montana will receive $4,000,000 to fund a conservation easement
covering over 9,300 acres of forestland. This property is
concurrent with another conservation easement on 18,700 acres of
adjacent lands. This project is a continuation of several years of
landscape conservation efforts on working lands in northwestern
Montana benefitting bull trout, Columbia redband trout, mountain
whitefish, pygmy whitefish, and westslope cutthroat trout. This
effort will ensure the availability of high quality riparian and
instream habitat by protecting against imminent development
The HCP Planning Assistance Grants Program provides grants to
states and territories to support the development of HCPs through
the funding of baseline surveys and inventories, document
preparation, outreach, and similar planning activities.
For example, funds in the amount of $978,439 will support the
Development of Habitat Conservation Plans for the Cumberlands
Region, Tennessee, project to protect aquatic and forest resources.
Several mammals, mussels, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and aquatic
invertebrates will benefit from these planning efforts in this
ecologically diverse region that is beginning to experience
increased development and resource extraction issues.
The Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program provides funds to
states and territories to acquire habitat for endangered and
threatened species with approved recovery plans. Habitat
acquisition to secure long-term protection is often an essential
element of a comprehensive recovery effort for a listed
One of this year's grants will provide funding for the
Chesapeake Bay Puritan Tiger Beetle Habitat Conservation project in
Maryland. The State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in
partnership with the Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field
Office, Eastern Shore Conservancy, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake
Bay Council, and five private landowners requested funding to
purchase permanent conservation easements on six properties. The
properties total 456 acres of forestland and eroding cliffs and
support three sub-populations of the federally threatened Puritan
tiger beetle. One location also supports a large population of the
federally threatened northeastern beach tiger beetle. Once
acquired, the property will be protected as habitat for the
recovery of these species in Maryland.
Colorado will receive $469,540 to fund the Turtle Ranch
Conservation Easement in Moffat County. This conservation easement
will protect 15,156 acres of the Tuttle Ranch in northwestern
Colorado, including a large white-tailed prairie dog complex, which
is an essential habitat component for the federally endangered
black-footed ferret. Securing this easement will serve as the
catalyst to initiate black-footed ferret reintroduction on this
parcel. This project will be a model of incentive-based
conservation, highlighting how both endangered species management
and an active and profitable agricultural operation can coexist.
This easement will also protect habitat, including one known active
lek for greater sage-grouse, a federal candidate species, as well
as numerous species of greatest conservation need in the Colorado
Wildlife Action Plan. Permanent protection of the property will
significantly contribute to the conservation of a landscape-scale
ecosystem with wildlife populations rivaled by few places in the
The Anderson Property Land Acquisition Project in Lancaster
County, Nebraska will receive $135,000 to protect unique saline and
sensitive wetland habitat for the subsequent reintroduction of the
highly-endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle. The habitat on this
property also supports the federally listed interior least tern and
piping plover. By acquiring this parcel, the state and its public
and private partners, through the Saline Wetland Conservation
Partnership, will be able to provide the protection, restoration,
and enhancement of a habitat that is vital to the survival and
recovery of rare and endangered wildlife like the Salt Creek tiger
Another project, under the Recovery Land Acquisition Grants
Program, is the East Maui Watershed Conservation Easement in
Hawaii. This grant will fund $391,000 for the acquisition of a
permanent conservation easement on over 3,550 acres upslope of the
towns of Makawao and Haiku on the Island of Maui. The property is
at the center of the 100,000-acre East Maui Watershed Partnership
managed by six major landowners. The property provides habitat for
13 rare or endangered birds, including the ‘akohekohe or crested
honeycreeper and the Maui parrotbill, which are among the rarest
birds in the U.S. It is also critical habitat for Geranium
multiflorum and eight other federally listed plants, as well as a
number of other rare plants and animals.
The Endangered Species Act provides a critical safety net for
America's native fish, wildlife, and plants. The Service is working
to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the
search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover
imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species
Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.
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