Southeastern Fishes Council
Dedicated to the Conservation of Southeastern Fishes


Agency Seeks Proposals From States For Endangered Species
December 10, 2002

Release from:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in acquiring land or conducting conservation planning for endangered species. Although at this time the Service has not yet received a final fiscal year 2003 appropriation, the agency is proceeding with a request for proposals to ensure timely completion of the grant selection process in anticipation of a final appropriation. The three grant programs fund planning activities and land acquisition for federally protected species and grants are expected to be awarded in Spring 2003.

"We've been hearing from grantees that endangered species grants encouraged partnerships at the state and local level to develop projects and acquire land to conserve federally_listed species," said Service Director Steve Williams. "Because there are no one-size fits all solutions for conservation problems, these partnerships are essential to the development and implementation of effective, publicly supported projects."

Included below are some examples of how these grants are making a difference:

The grants are to be awarded from the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, authorized under the Endangered Species Act. This fund provides grants to states and territories to support their participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for listed species, as well as for species that are either proposed or candidates for listing. By law, the state or territory must have a current cooperative agreement with the Service and contribute 25% of the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10% when two or more states or territories undertake a joint project.

The three grant programs are:

For more information about these grants contact:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Consultation
Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery and State Grants
4401 N. Fairfax Drive
Room 420
Arlington, VA 22203

Phone 703-358-2106

Information also can be accessed at http://endangered.fws.gov/grants.

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 540 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.