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ENVIRO-MICH: FYI 
     Anne Woiwode

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 OCT 98
CONTACT:  Lori G. Sargent, 517-373-1263

NATURAL HERITAGE SMALL GRANT APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources
announced that applications for the 1999 Natural Heritage Program
Small Grants are being accepted for projects to be completed in 1999.
Projects which are eligible are those that benefit Michigan's nongame
wildlife and endangered plants, animals, and their habitats.

Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded through Michigan's Nongame
Wildlife Fund, a fund supported through citizen contributions on their
state income tax forms.  To better meet the requests for funding, the
amount of grant funding was increased by $100,000 this year.  "In past
years, we have had to turn down a number of good proposals simply
due to the limited amount of funding available," said Lori Sargent,
coordinator of the grant program.  The grants are open to all
individuals, groups, and governmental units.

"These grants offer an excellent opportunity for people to become
directly involved with research, management, and educational projects
pertaining to native nongame wildlife and plant species," Sargent said.

Project proposals need to reflect the goals of the Natural Heritage
Program, which are to identify, protect, manage, and restore native
plant and animal species, natural communities, and other natural
features, and to promote the knowledge, enjoyment, and stewardship
of Michigan's native species and ecosystems for present and future
generations.

Projects funded during 1998 included surveys of grassland birds, an
assessment of red-backed salamander habitat, a zebra mussel study in
the Clinton River, preservation and restoration of a lakeplain
prairie/oak savannah, and wildflower nature trails.

All proposals will be considered but must focus on nongame species
and their habitats.  Projects must be directed toward public use and
public benefit.  Proposals are reviewed by DNR biologists, technical
experts, and advisors to the Nongame Wildlife Program.  Those
proposals that have matching funds and those directed toward
threatened and endangered species receive higher priority.

Grant proposals that are postmarked or delivered to the Wildlife
Division through December 1, 1998, will be accepted for review.
Application information is available by sending a stamped, self-
addressed envelope to: Natural Heritage Grants, DNR Wildlife
Division, Box 30180, Lansing, MI 48909-7944, or at the Natural
Heritage home page through the DNR web site at:
www.dnr.state.mi.us/

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