America’s Rarest Species Receive $44.8 Million Investment Under ESA Grants Program

Funding to 20 states will help collaborative efforts to conserve America’s most imperiled species

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Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- In addition to providing regulatory protections that have successfully prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) also provides millions of dollars in funding each year for conservation efforts through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF).

This year, threatened and endangered species in 20 states will benefit from $44.8 million in grants from the fund. Authorized under Section 6 of the ESA, the CESCF enables states to work with private landowners, conservation groups and other government agencies to develop projects that protect federally-listed species and their habitats.

“If our children are to inherit a world with something called a leatherback sea turtle, northern long-eared bat or California tiger salamander, we need to commit to conservation at every level,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “By strategically investing in projects that have a proven track record of success, we are putting our limited resources to the most effective use and building a sustainable conservation legacy.”

“These grants will enable state fish and wildlife agencies to advance the stewardship of our nation’s fish and wildlife resources,” said Dave Chanda, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. “We appreciate the strong ties formed by state agencies and their partners to protect these imperiled wildlife species and their habitats, which are critical to the on-the-ground success of these projects.”

CESCF funding is provided through three competitive grant programs: the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants Program, which provides funds to support the development of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) that protect habitat for listed species; the Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program, which provides funds for the acquisition of habitat in support of approved and draft species recovery plans; and the HCP Land Acquisition Grants Program, which provides funds to acquire habitat for listed species to complement approved HCPs.

The grants are funded in part by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was established by Congress in 1965. The fund promotes access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations by providing funding to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans. For the past 51 years, the fund has supported more than 40,000 conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. President Obama proposed full funding at $900 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, and is pursuing full, permanent and mandatory funding for the fund’s programs beginning in 2018.

Examples of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 CESCF funded projects include:

The states of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin will receive $1 million under the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants Program to develop a multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will help researchers better understand the distribution and summer habitat use of local cave-dwelling bats, including the federally-listed Indiana and northern long-eared bats. The project will also help support sustainable forest management practices in the region, which in turn will allow public and private landowners to meet economic, ecological and social goals.

The state of Montana will receive $2 million under the HCP Land Acquisition Grants Program to support the Whitefish Lake Watershed Project in Flathead County, Montana. A conservation easement on this Plum Creek property will help ensure vital habitat linkages for bull trout, grizzly bear and other federally-listed species.

The state of California will receive $1 million under the Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program to protect 240 acres of pebble plain habitat. This land acquisition will promote the recovery of several endemic plant species, including the federally-listed Bear Valley sandwort, ash-gray Indian paintbrush and southern mountain buckwheat.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for North 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. For a complete list of FY 2016 CESCF funded projects visit: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.

To learn more about the Service’s Ecological Services Program visit www.fws.gov/endangered.

About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife:

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.

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This ACT a wonderful thing. For too long, America has had a history of killing wildlife w/no regard for the future. Killing, NOT for food; but, just for fun. While it is too late for some species, hopefully this will save others.
Now, if we would have the same regard for wildlife in other countries, we won’t seem to be such hypocrites. The so-called Big Game Hunters travel to foreign countries & kill everything in sight. Pandas have now been taken off the endangered list. Sooner or later, one of these BGH will be displaying the killing of one.

joe
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your really deluded, the monies are for the outrageus salaries paid to these gov org,as political payoffs Political paid jobs bigger gov ,and less will get done,I bet your a Hilliary supporter too

joe
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joe

what a crock

Grey Beard
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Grey Beard

If they protect the snail darter and kill off hundreds of thousands of acres of farm land putting Many, MANY thousands of Farmers and laborers out of work and raise the price of lettuce by 4,000% they should be shot, one and all. The problem with the ESA is there is no “common sense” being used as to the efficacy of saving a very small and useless in the grand scheme of things and thereby killing off vital crops needed to feed America and keep jobs alive. I say let the snail darter die and the San Joaquin Valley Bloom.

just wondering
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just wondering

Or is to grow more marijuana?

Colonialgirl
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As long as the various governments DO NOT use the money to close off more areas to hikers, campers and HUNTERS.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

“If our children are to inherit a world with something called a leatherback sea turtle, … we need to commit to conservation at every level,” said Service Director Dan Ashe.” I wonder if Dan Ashe knows that the people on the Pacific coast of South America go down to the beach when the sea turtles lay their eggs, and gather those sea turtle eggs up by the bushel basket load and eat them. I have seen fat little Honduran women with bags of sea turtle eggs so full that they could hardly carry the bag. This is another 44 million… Read more »

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Jim

I wonder if this endangered species protection also applies to firearm owners and the Second Amendment if democrats are elected.