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Date:     09/14/99 10:59 AM
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Subject: WETLANDS RESTORATION GRANT INSTRUCTIONS ONLINE
Author:  NEWS@fws.gov (fws-news-owner@www.fws.gov) at FWS
Date:    09/14/1999 10:59 AM

       September 13, 1999                  Bettina Sparrowe
       703-358-1784
                                            Chris Tollefson
       202-208-5634


               WETLANDS RESTORATION GRANT INSTRUCTIONS ONLINE


       Conservation partnerships and other individuals and
       organizations
       interested in applying for matching grants for wetlands restoration,
       acquisition and enhancement through the North American Wetlands
       Conservation Act (NAWCA) can now find application instructions and
       criteria online.

       Standard Grant Instructions can now be accessed through the U.S.
       Fish and Wildlife Service's home page at http://www.fws.gov by
       clicking on Wetlands, Waterfowl, and Habitat Grants or through the
       NAWCA home page at http://www.fws.gov/r9nawwo/nawcahp.html. The site
       also answers frequently asked questions about the
       grant
       process and the grants themselves, and provides other useful
       information.

       The last 1999 deadline for U.S. standard grants was August 6, 1999,
       but standard grants of up to $1 million will again be available next
       year, with application deadlines of March 31,
       2000
       and July 28, 2000.

       To be eligible for a standard grant, partnerships must match
       the
       grant request by at least a 1-to-1 ratio and provide long-term
       conservation of wetlands and associated uplands through habitat
       protection, restoration, or enhancement. Projects must also
       meet
       certain biological criteria established by the Act. In Mexico,
       environmental education, training, and management projects also
       qualify.

       The NAWCA home page also contains information on other grants
       offered through the Act, including Small Grants, Mexican
       Grants,
       Canadian Grants, and the pilot Evaluation Grants program.

       The North American Wetlands Conservation Act stimulates partnerships
       by providing matching funds to acquire, restore
       and
       enhance wetlands and associated habitats.  To date, 684
       projects
       in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, involving over 900
       partners, have been granted $287 million.  Partners in these
       wetlands conservation projects contributed $726 million, well over
       the required match of 1:1.  Millions of acres have been acquired,
       restored, and enhanced in the United States, Canada
       and
       Mexico and additional acres have been affected in Mexico
       through
       conservation education, studies on the sustainable use of wetlands
       resources and development of management plans.

       The Service administers the NAWCA grant program; however, projects
       are selected by the North American Wetlands
       Conservation
       Council and final funding approval is given by the Migratory Bird
       Conservation Commission.  The Director of the U.S. Fish
       and
       Wildlife Service is a permanent member of the Council.

       The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
       responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife
       and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the
       American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National
       Wildlife Refuge System comprised of
       more
       than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small
       wetlands,
       and other special management areas. It also operates 66
       national
       fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management assistance offices
       and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces
       Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act,
       manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant
       fisheries, conserves and restores
       wildlife
       habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their
       conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that
       distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on
       fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

                                   -F W S-















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