WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced over $50 million in funding to states through the State Wildlife Grant Program. The funds will support state conservation efforts of non-game fish and wildlife.
The SWG Program is the only federal program with the explicit goal of preventing endangered species listings.
“Collaborative conservation is a joint effort,” said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “When the federal and state governments work together, we can achieve the best outcomes. This funding is an investment in the future of our wildlife. When we can recover species before they are listed under the Endangered Species Act, that means more federal resources for the other species that need it most.”
The SWG Program helps states implement approved State Wildlife Action Plans, which list species and habitats in need of assistance. All 50 state and U.S. territorial wildlife agencies have these plans, which include detailed strategies to proactively protect species in greatest conservation need.
“By working with local communities and other partners, state wildlife agencies serve as the foundation for protecting the nation’s wildlife and natural resources legacy,” said Service acting director Jim Kurth. “The State Wildlife Grant program, which benefits game and nongame species, supports these crucial state efforts.” (PR)