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June 1, 2006
Landowners Receive $6.9 Million for Endangered Species Conservation
South Carolina’s Milliken Forestry Resources to receive
single largest grant in program’s history
USFWS News Release
ST. George, S.C. - Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Matt Hogan announced today grants totaling more than $6.9 million are being awarded to private landowners and groups in 35 states through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Private Stewardship Grants program to undertake conservation projects on their land for endangered, threatened and other at-risk species.
Hogan’s announcement came at Brosnan Forest, located northwest of Charleston, South Carolina, where he drew attention to Milliken Forest Resources, Inc., and the work it is doing with nearly four dozen private landowners to restore and improve longleaf pine habitats of 17,645 acres to benefit red-cockaded woodpeckers.
Milliken will receive $464,0925 - the largest single private stewardship grant awarded since the program was created four years ago to benefit species conservation on private lands and bolster collaborative conservation.
“The Private Stewardship Grants program helps conservationists build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones to benefit wildlife conservation,” Hogan said. “This grant program is a Bush Administration initiative launched four years ago to empower citizens to conserve imperiled species on private lands across the nation. What the people at Milliken are accomplishing with the help of private landowners here is a testament to the benefit of that kind of empowerment.”
Administered by the Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, each of the 80 grants awarded today require at least a 10 percent match in non-federal dollars or in-kind contributions..
The Private Stewardship Grants Program provides federal grants on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in voluntary conservation efforts on private lands that species protected by the Endangered Species Act, candidate species or other at-risk species. Under this program, private landowners as well as groups working with private landowners submit proposals directly to the Service for funding to support these efforts.
The [Bush] Administration has requested funding of $9.4 million for this program in 2007; last year, 72 grants totaling $5.7 million were awarded to private individuals and groups in 38 states and one Territory. In the first three years of the program 282 grants totaling more than $22 million were awarded to private landowners across the country.
“We recognize that endangered species can only successfully recover if we work cooperatively with landowners and communities to promote voluntary stewardship on private lands,” Service Director H. Dale Hall said....
USFWS News Release
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U.S. Representative from Hawaii: Ed Case
Hawaii Governor: Linda Lingle
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