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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announces grants for recreation opportunities, conservation projects and species protection


We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce 2021 grants to state fish and wildlife agencies. These grants are awarded on an annual basis and support conservation work being done by state fish and wildlife agencies across the country.

The Service awarded grants funded by the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. Funded projects restore, conserve, manage and enhance wild bird, fish and mammals and their habitats. Projects also include providing public use and access to lands and waters, hunter education, aquatic education, and the development and management of shooting ranges. This year the state fish and wildlife agencies in the Service’s Great Lakes Region will receive a total of $200 million, with Sport Fish Restoration funding of $74 million and Wildlife Restoration funding of $125 million. Nationally $1 billion in grants were distributed to state wildlife agencies.

Another Service grant program, the State Wildlife Grant Program, funds conservation needs described in State Wildlife Action Plans. This year Great Lakes Region state fish and wildlife agencies will receive $9.7 million to conserve imperiled wildlife and their habitats. Nationally $55 million will be distributed to state agencies through this program.

And finally, the Competitive State Wildlife Grant Program employees a nationally competitive process to select and fund projects that conserve species listed in State Wildlife Action Plans. This year’s Great Lakes Region grantees will receive $1.4 million in federal grant funds for three conservation projects protecting migratory birds, freshwater mussels and turtles. Nationally $7.4 million in grants were awarded to protect vulnerable species.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.


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