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Grants available for endangered invertebrate species

Jan. 25, 2016

State agencies can apply through March 9 for federal grants for conservation projects that benefit endangered invertebrate species.

The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF), authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, provides grants to support voluntary conservation projects for listed species and species that are candidates for listing.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is seeking proposals in three categories: Recovery Land Acquisition Grants, which provide funds for acquiring habitat in support of approved and draft species recovery plans; Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants, which help fund developing Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) that protect habitat for listed species while providing for economic growth and development; and HCP Land Acquisition Grants, which provide funds to acquire habitat for listed species associated with approved HCPs.

To receive a CESCF grant, a state or territory must have a current cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior and contribute at least 25 percent of the total project cost, or 10 percent when two or more states or territories undertake a joint project. 

Applications are due by March 9. For information, contact Kammie Bunes at kammie.bunes@oregon.gov or Alice Beals at alice.beals@oregon.gov.