Thursday, July 27, 2006

State Receives Endangered Species Grants

In June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is distributing $1.4 million in grants to private landowners and organizations throughout the Southeast to benefit endangered species.

In Alabama, the Nature Conservancy has secured $190,000 to work with landowners in the upper Paint Rock River watershed to enhance approximately 1000 feet of riparian habitat to benefit imperiled fish and mussel species. Along with the Paint Rock, groups in Mississippi and Alabama have also joined forces to secure a $160,000 grant restore and enhance over 750 acres of native prairie habitat.

For more information about these projects and Fish and Wildlife's programs, contact Tom MacKenzie at 404-679-7291.