Game Commission asks for new applications for state wildlife grants projects

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director
Carl Roe today announced an invitation for project applications to
the State Wildlife Grants Program. These projects will help address
conservation needs for high-priority projects for endangered,
threatened and at-risk species across Pennsylvania.

The federal dollars for this program are awarded through the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants Program
(SWG).

Project applications must be received by noon, Sept. 24. The
Game Commission is requesting applicants submit “Letters of Intent”
rather than complete project proposals. Selected applicants then
will be invited to submit full proposals. The Game Commission hopes
to finalize project selections in November and award contracts in
early 2011.

“The hundreds of nongame species that inhabit Pennsylvania
historically have received limited funding at best,” Roe said. “The
importance of nongame species has been recognized by the agency for
a long, long time. It simply hasn’t had the funds required for
comprehensive conservation. Now, with assistance from the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service and through partnering with the Pennsylvania
Fish and Boat Commission and State Wildlife Grants recipients, we
are poised to conserve these species like never before.

“State Wildlife Grants and partnering opportunities provide a
much-needed infusion of funding that greatly expands wildlife
conservation in Pennsylvania. These funds come at time when nongame
research and fieldwork are more important than ever and surely will
pay dividends to wildlife managers for many years to come.”

Because distribution of SWG funds is based upon land area and
population size, Pennsylvania has received a large proportion of
these funds, ranking among the top six states in funding received
to date. However, conservation needs annually outpace the funds
available, so competition for funding remains fierce among
prospective projects.

“We look forward to working with our conservation partners
across the state to develop the best projects for the
sustainability of ecological benefits to the Commonwealth’s
wildlife and residents,” Roe said. “This program provides us with a
means to make a great difference, and we aim to do just that.”

For more information on Game Commission priorities for the 2010
SWG call for projects and guidelines for letters of intent, visit
the agency’s website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on “Wildlife” in
the menu bar at the top of the page, scroll down to the “Wildlife
Grants & Programs” section and choose “State Wildlife Grants
Program.”

 

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