The 2012 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program has awarded $20.5 million in grants to support 24 projects in 13 states to conserve and restore coastal wetlands and their fish and wildlife habitat. These grants will be matched by nearly $21 million in partner contributions from state and local governments, private landowners and conservation groups.
receiving funds include Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia,
Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and
Washington. The money will
be used to acquire, restore and enhance coastal wetlands and their adjacent
Funding is provided by Sport Fish Restoration Act revenue. This is the money
generated from excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat and small
engine fuels. Since the program began in 1992, including the current grants, nearly $300 million has been awarded to coastal states to protect habitat.
areas comprise less than 10 percent of the nation’s land area yet
support 75 percent
of migratory birds, nearly 80 percent of fish and shellfish and about
half of all threatened and endangered species.
A list of projects funded by the 2012 grant program can be found online at: http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/index.html.
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