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GLIN==> USFWS Seeks Proposals for Funding Under the Private Stewardship Grants Program

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             12/15/2006 09:50          [fws-news] FISH AND WILDLIFE        
             AM                        SERVICE SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING 
                                       UNDER THE PRIVATE STEWARDSHIP       
                                       GRANTS PROGRAM                      
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Contact:     Valerie Fellows 202/208 3008

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals for conservation
projects to benefit imperiled species on private lands through its Private
Stewardship Grants Program.  This program provides federal grants on a
competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in voluntary
conservation efforts on private lands that help federally listed endangered
or threatened species as well as proposed, candidate and other at-risk

The Private Stewardship Grant program is just one of a variety of tools
available under the Endangered Species Act that help landowners plan and
implement projects to conserve species. These grants and cooperative
agreements provide incentives to foster citizen participation in the
stewardship of our nation's natural resources.
In 2006 the Service awarded 80 grants totaling more than $6.9 million to
individuals and groups to undertake conservation projects for endangered,
threatened, and other at-risk species on private lands in 35 states.
 For example, Audubon of Kansas received a grant of $83,000 last year to
work with four ranchers to conserve black-tailed prairie dogs and restore
habitat for the endangered black-footed ferret.  Trout Unlimited in Lincoln
County, Wyoming was awarded $120,000 to return water flows to a portion of
Grade Creek which enabled Bonneville cutthroat trout to return to their
historic spawning grounds.

Landowners and their partners must submit their proposals to the
appropriate Regional Offices of the Service by February 14, 2007.  For
additional information regarding this grant opportunity and how and where
to submit proposals, please visit the Service’s Private Stewardship Grants
Website at:

You may also contact:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Branch of State
Grants, Endangered Species Program, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420,
Arlington, VA 22203  Phone:  (703) 358-2061.  The Private Stewardship
Grants Program is identified in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
as number 15.632.

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 95-million- acre National Wildlife Refuge
System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small
wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national
fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices, and 81 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 and Native American Tribal governments
with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance
program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes
on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.

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

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