DCNR says grants available to protect non-game species

Harrisburg -– In its ongoing mission to protect Pennsylvania’s
native biodiversity, the Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources’ Wild Resource Conservation Program again is accepting
applications for grants to protect the state’s non-game animals,
native plants and their habitats.

This year the program is soliciting grant applications in four
areas: identifying species and natural communities at risk from
climate change; species inventory and monitoring; sustainable
energy extraction and transport; and critical conservation
needs.

“We need to invest our grant dollars in projects that target
major environmental threats,” said WRCP Executive Director Greg
Czarnecki. “We’re looking for applied research and conservation
projects that deal with climate change, energy extraction, and
habitat loss and degradation.”

Launched in 1982, the program is funded through Growing Greener
and voluntary contributions. It supports research and protection
efforts to conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse native wildlife
resources, including bird and mammal species, amphibians and
reptiles, insects and wild plants.

While grants vary in amount, the average award size is $30,000,
and the term of the grant is 18 months.

Applications are being accepted through June 30 for work to be
performed between January 2011 and June 2012. Applications will
only be accepted electronically through DCNR’s eGrants online grant
application system.

To apply for a grant or learn more about the application process
go to www.dcnr.state.pa.us/wrcp/2010grants/index.aspx.

For more information, contact Greg Czarnecki at
717-783-1337.

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