Texas to receive millions in federal funding for wildlife conservation projects

By Kelci Johnston - News Producer
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced more than $2.5 million will go to Texas state wildlife agencies through the State Wildlife Grants program.

The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give support for a diverse array of species and habitats across the country.

"The Trump Administration is working hard with states and local communities to find solutions that are driven at the local level, rather than in Washington, D.C.," said Deputy Secretary Bernhardt. "As a hunter, I know the work of state wildlife agencies is absolutely critical to wildlife conservation in the United States. We're thrilled to be able to collaborate with them, their local communities and other partners to ensure important fish, wildlife, habitat and cultural needs are met. Tribal and state wildlife grants are foundational to protecting our nation's wildlife legacy, including game and non-game species."

The $2,503,634 in funding through the SWG program, which is part of $48 million being distributed nationwide, will support imperiled species and habitats listed in approved state wildlife action plans.

All 50 state and U.S. territorial wildlife agencies have these plans, which proactively protect species in greatest conservation need. Projects funded through SWG involve research, monitoring, wildlife surveys, species and habitat management and other activities.

SWG funds are administered by the Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program and are allocated to states and territories according to a congressionally mandated formula based on population and geographic area.

Grant funds must be used to address conservation needs, such as research, wildlife surveys, species and habitat management, and monitoring identified within state wildlife action plans. The funds may also be used to update, revise or modify a state's plan.

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