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GLIN==> Landowners to Receive Grants for Conservation Actions




----- Forwarded by Rich Greenwood/R3/FWS/DOI on 05/07/2001 08:32 AM -----
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           



May 1, 2001
Hugh Vickery 202-208-4131

As part of a continuing effort to work in partnership with landowners, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing 48 grants to projects in 28
states and Puerto Rico to help citizens conduct endangered species
conservation activities on private property.

>From  bog  turtles in New Jersey to prairie chickens in Texas to waterfowl
in  Alaska,  private  citizens  are  making a difference for threatened and
endangered  species, says Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior.  I look
forward  to  building  upon  these relationships with private landowners to
protect imperiled species.

The  grants  are  part  of  the  Endangered Species Act Landowner Incentive
Program,  an  initiative established three years ago by Congress to provide
financial  assistance  and  incentives  to  private property owners who are
willing  to  conserve  listed species, as well as species that are proposed
for  listing.  To date, Congress has appropriated $15 million, including $5
million  this  year,  and  the  Service  has  made more than 100 grants. To
qualify  for  this  program,  landowners or other non-Federal partners must
contribute at least 10 percent of the cost of the project in either cash or
in-kind services such as labor or supplies.

AMuch  of  the  habitat  for  threatened  and  endangered species occurs on
private  land,@  says  Marshall  Jones,  acting director of the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife  Service.  AThat is why we need the direct involvement and support
of  private  landowners to assist in our conservation and recovery efforts.
These grants will help landowners who voluntarily come to the rescue of our
nation=s imperiled plants and animals.@

Some highlights of this year=s grants include:

Karner  Blue  Butterfly  and  Eastern  Massasauga Rattlesnake, Wisconsin: A
grant  of  $157,260  will continue work on a two-year-old effort to protect
two  species. To date 178 landowners have contributed more than 3,100 acres
of  habitat  restoration and protection in Central Wisconsin.  For example,
landowners  are planting lupine on their property, a favorite of the Karner
blue butterfly.

Colorado  Cutthroat  Trout  Recovery,  Utah: A grant of $50,000 to help the
Northern  Ute  Indian  Tribe  to conduct conservation efforts on 200 stream
miles  in  the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservations. Trout populations have
declined   due  to  habitat  loss,  water  development  projects,  and  the
introduction  of  nonnative  fishes.  Actions that will be taken under this
program include removing nonnative fish and limiting their future access to
reclaimed  streams,  improving stream habitat by planting willows, creating
spawning channels, and fencing riparian areas.

Barrow Eider Conservation Plan, Alaska: A grant of $82,000 to help complete
a  conservation  plan  for  two  endangered  waterfowl,  the  Stellar=s and
spectacled   eiders.   The   Barrow  region  is  the  only  known  site  of
concentration  for  breeding Stellar=s eiders in the United States. Working
with  the  local  government  and  the  Village  Corporation,  which is the
predominant  landowner,  the  Service  is  devising  a  plan to restore and
protect  wetlands  that  are breeding habitat for the birds. This plan also
seeks  to  address  the  long-term  cumulative effects of  human population
growth  in  the  village  where the population has doubled over the past 20
years.

The Landowner Incentive Grant Program is part of a broad effort by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service to provide technical and financial assistance, as
well as regulatory certainty, to private landowners to address the needs of
threatened  and endangered species, with the need for economic development.
For  example,  the  Service along is working on 40 ASafe Harbor@ agreements
with  private  landowners.  Under  these  agreements,  landowners  who take
actions  to  benefit  listed species can be assured that these actions will
not  lead  to  any  additional restrictions on the use of their land in the
future if listed species are attracted to their property.

The  Service  is  also developing 90 Candidate Conservation Agreements with
private  landowners  and  other  non-Federal  partners  to  take actions on
private  and  public  lands  to  conserve species before they are listed as
threatened  or  endangered.  In support of these agreements, recipients may
be  eligible  to  receive grants for fencing, planting, habitat restoration
and other conservation activities.
 The list of the 48 grants approved this year is attached.

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 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands
of  small  wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70
national  fish  hatcheries,  64  fishery resource 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.

                                  - FWS -

      For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
                 visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov

Funded ESA Landowner Incentives Program Proposals - FY 2001

Pacific Region

-Falls Creek Aquatic and Riparian Habitat Restoration (bull trout, westlope
cutthroat trout) $400,000

-Upper Keahou Boundary Fence to stop ingress of feral pigs, feral goats,
and mouflon sheep (Akepa, Akiapolauu, Hawaii Creeper, Ou, I'o, HI hoary
bat, a'lala, nene, and various plants) $76,000

-Endangered Moth Habitat Restoration at Auwahi, Maui (Blackburn's sphinx
moth and various plants) $29,000

-Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Habitat Enhancement $11,000

-North Kona Palila Habitat Restoration Project $58,000

-Restoration and Enhancement of Zayante Sandhills Habitat (Mount Hermon
June beetle

-Zayante band-winged grasshopper, Ben Lomond wallflower, Ben Lomond
spineflower) $22,000

-Safe Harbor Agreement and El Segundo Blue Butterfly Habitat Restoration
near Malaga Cove $37,300

-Sainz Ranch California Tiger Salamander Breeding Pond Restoration $3,800

-Lunada Canyon Preserve Restoration (coastal California gnatcatcher, Palos
Verdes blue butterfly, Lyon's pentachaeta) $20,305

Southwest Region

-High Plains Partnership to conserve grassland habitat, lesser
prairie-chickens, black-tailed prairie dogs, burrowing owl, mountain
plover, and Arkansas River shiner $500,000

-Coastal Prairie Conservation Initiative (Attwater's prairie chicken,
Houston toad, and TX prairie dawn-flower)     $500,000

-Environmental Defense Safe Harbor Agreement for the Black-capped Vireo and
Golden cheeked warbler - Tobusch fishhook cactus surveys $10,800

Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region

-WI Partnerships Karner Blue/Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Populations
$157,260

-Karst Conservation in the Ozarks (Ozark big eared bat, Indiana bat, gray
bat, Ozark cavefish, Camarus aculabrum, C. zophonastes, Tumbling Creek
cavesnail)    $150,000

-Lower  Spring River Drainage/Upper Shoal Creek Drainage stream restoration
project (Neosho Madtom, Arkansas darter, Neosho mucket) $80,000

-Habitat Protection for Topeka Shiner in Iowa and Minnesota $39,875

-Point  Source  Pollution Reduction within the Tumbling Creek Cave Recharge
Area(Indiana bat, gray bat, Tumbling Creek cavesnail) $15,340

-Bliss Township Park Improvements/Protection for Piping Plover $3,685

-Private Landowner Outreach for the Piping Plover and Other Dune Inhabiting
Species  $2,050

-Seidner Dune and Swale-Karner Blue Butterfly Restoration $5,000

-Conservation  Measures  to  Protect Gray Bat Summer Colony at Sellersburg,
Indiana $7,800

Southeast Region

-Longleaf Pine/Red Cockaded Woodpecker Conservation Incentives $300,000

-TN  Spring-and Seep-Dependent Species Conservation and Restoration Barrens
topminnow  and  associated  species,  Royal  snail,  Sequatchie  caddisfly)
$75,000

-GA Flint River Surface and Groundwater Conservation $200,000

-AR Cave Gates (Cave crayfish, Ozark cavefish, Indiana bat, Gray bat, Ozark
big-eared bat, Cave amphipod, Clanton's amphipod, Cave isopod) $75,000

-KY   Buck   Creek   Riparian   Restoration  (Cumberland  bean,  littlewing
pearlymussel,  Cumberlandian combshell, oystermussel, gray bat, Indiana bat
$50,000

-GA  Coosa  Valley  Prairie  Habitat Restoration (Mohr's Barabara- buttons,
Whorled  sunflower,  Coosa  Valley  Barren  Herbaceous Vegetation, Thorne's
beackrush

-Cumberland rose gentian, Spreading yellow foxglove) $25,000

-AL Pitcher Plant Habitat Restoration $18,000

-AL  Shelta  Cave  Gate  Replacement (Gray bat, AL cave shrimp, Shelta cave
crayfish, AL cave crayfish) $5,000

-PR Pitahaya Reforestation $35,000

-KY  Rockcastle  River  Riparian  Restoration  (Cumberland bean, littlewing
pearlymussel,Cumberlandian   combshell,  oystermussel,  Cumberland  elktoe,
blackside dace) $25,000

-NC Red Wolf Habitat Conservation $25,000

Northeast Region

-Bog  Turtle Habitat Management and Restoration Initiative (bog turtle, fen
Buckmoth)$31,074

-Atlantic Salmon Landowner Incentive Program $184,000

-Bergen   Swamp   and   Zurich  Bog  Restoration  (bog  turtle,  Houghton's
goldenrod,Massasauga Rattlesnake) $70,000

-Riparian  Restoration  and Water quality Improvement Projects for the Ohio
River Valley Ecosystem $70,000

-Safe Harbor Program for the red-cockaded woodpecker in VA $51,400

Mountain Prairie Region

-Working  Together  for  Grave  Creek  Restoration  (bull  trout, Westslope
cutthroat trout)$13,500

-Development  of  CCAA  for  restoration of CO River cutthroat trout on the
Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation $50,000

-Habitat Creation and Enhancement for Gunnison Sage Grouse $100,000

-Protection  of Critical Gunnison Sage Grouse Habitat (grouse, boreal toad,
southwestern willow flycatcher) $50,000

-Habitat Restoration for Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse $25,000

-KS  High  Plains Partnership (lesser prairie chicken, black-tailed prairie
dog,  burrowing  owl,  AR  river  shiner,  ferruginous hawk, AR darter, red
spotted toad, plains minnow) $109,006

-Tallgrass  Prairie  Community  Health  (American  burying  beetle,  topeka
shiner, Neosho madtom, Neosho mucket mussel) $50,000

-Riparian  Protection  and  Enhancement,  KS  Tallgrass  Prairie  (American
burying beetle, topeka shiner, Neosho madtom, Neosho mucket mussel) $50,000

-Strategic Watershed Restoration for Topeka Shiners: SD $40,000

Alaska Region

-Barrow Eider Conservation Plan (Stellar's eiders) $82,000

-Kenai Brown Bear Conservation $136,581


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