|Fish and wildlife restoration programs in Missouri received $1,520,387 as part of approximately $13.4 million awarded in the midwest region through the State Wildlife Grant Program. The money is earmarked for the conservation of imperiled fish and wildlife, according to an announcement by Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Eight states are included in the region.
“The State Wildlife Grant program is part of the Department of the Interior’s ongoing commitment to the essential conservation efforts of states," said Salazar. “In our challenging economic climate, the program ensures that states will have the necessary resources to help conserve their highest priority wildlife, plants, and habitat – an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.”
The State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG) provides federal grant funds for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of fish and wildlife and their habitats, including species that are not hunted or fished. For the past nine years, the grants program has provided a stable federal funding source for state fish and wildlife agencies. This stability has been critical to the recovery and resilience of many species in greatest need of conservation. This year’s funds come from the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010 (H.R. 2996).
The FY2010 midwest region state wildlife grant apportionments in addition to Missouri's include: Illinois, $2,516,654; Indiana, $1,318,160; Iowa, $936,060; Michigan, $2,064,264; Minnesota, $1,524,356; Ohio, $2,176,713 and Wisconsin, $1,357,336 or a total of $13,413,390.
Nearly $76.5 million will be distributed to the 50 states, territories and commonwealths across the nation, a significant increase in funding over the 2009 levels. Since the program’s inception, Congress has provided over $573 million for conservation work on state and private lands across the country.