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E-M:/ Natural Heritage Program Small Grants Application Deadline Dec. 1



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2005

Contacts: Lori G. Sargent 517-373-1263 or Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014

Natural Heritage Program Small Grants Application Deadline Dec. 1

Natural Heritage Program small grants are available from the Department of Natural Resources for 2006 projects designed to benefit Michigan's nongame wildlife and endangered plants, animals and their habitats.

Grants in the amount of to $10,000 will be awarded through the Michigan Nongame Wildlife Fund, which receives citizen contributions through the sale of the Wildlife Habitat license plates, individual donations, and federal State Wildlife Grants.
  
"With the recent completion of Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), these grants offer an excellent opportunity for conservation partners to become directly involved in research, management and education projects related to native species and their habitats," said DNR Natural Heritage Program Supervisor Raymond Rustem.

Any individual, group or governmental unit may submit one or more proposals. Project proposals must be designed to address threats identified in the WAP and may survey, manage, restore, or monitor wildlife species, natural communities, or other natural features, and to promote the knowledge, enjoyment and stewardship of Michigan's native species and ecosystems for present and future generations. Projects must be directed toward public use and public benefit, and proposals that have matching funds or focus on threatened or endangered species will receive higher priority.
 
Examples of projects funded during 2005 included impacts of raccoon on turtle recruitment, central Upper Peninsula herp survey, integration of natural resource data in local land use planning, freshwater mussel survey of the lower Black River, and the osprey reintroduction in southern Michigan.

Grant proposals must be postmarked or delivered to the Wildlife Division by Dec. 1, 2005. Proposals will be reviewed by DNR biologists and other technical experts and advisors to the Nongame Wildlife Program.

To receive application information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Natural Heritage Grants, DNR Wildlife Division, PO Box 30180, Lansing, MI 48909-7680 or e-mail your request to sargenL2@michigan.gov. The grant application and examples of past grants awarded also are available on the DNR Web site at:  www.michigan.gov/dnr. Click on the Wildlife/Habitat link to locate more information.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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