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FWS Grants to Help At-Risk Species

Cara J

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Bees and butterflies are among the many species benefiting from an annual grants program funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FWS recently awarded $5.7 million to large-scale conservation projects across the country through its State Wildlife Grants Program. A portion of the grant will be distributed through the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for projects in the western states. In all, 11 states received funding. Many of the states and their partners have contributed additional money to supplement the federal grants and aid the projects. Hannibal Bolton, assistant director of the FWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, says joint proposals for projects that spanned state borders were a common theme this year among the proposals submitted for review. “A lot of species migrate,” Bolton said, noting that some states are collaborating to improve species habitat and conditions and monitor a possible response to these efforts. Several of the 17 approved projects focus on pollinator conservation. Two separate multi-state projects — one in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the other in Michigan and Ohio — totaling over $1 million will restore habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis). Another in Idaho and Washington will [...]


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