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Interior distributes $50 million in state wildlife grants


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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced the distribution of more than $50 million in funding to states and territories through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program in fiscal year 2018. The funding will support the conservation of fish and wildlife species across the country. STWG is the only federal program that directly supports the states with the goal keeping common species common and preventing species from becoming endangered. Through the program, grants are provided to states and territories annually, based on a formula that accounts for geographic size and human population. A competitive grant program provides some additional funds for states, as well as funding for tribal wildlife conservation. Funding for STWG comes through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget and must be appropriated each year by Congress. The program was created by Congress in 2000 and initially funded at $50 million. Annual appropriations reached a high of $90 million in FY2010 but have declined since then. Congress appropriated $63.6 million for the program in FY2018. Appropriations have not yet been completed for FY 2019; the administration recommended a $32 million cut to the program. In FY 2018, it recommended funding at $52.8 million. STWG provides the primary [...]

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