(WASHINGTON) – Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will hold a teleconference at 2:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to announce $67 million in grants to conserve habitat for threatened and endangered species in 27 states.
The grants, awarded by Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, fall under three programs designed to promote conservation partnerships on private lands: the Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants Program, the Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants Program, and the Recovery Land Acquisition Grants Program.
Each grant is designed to promote the conservation of endangered species by empowering states, communities, and private landowners to enter into voluntary partnerships and agreements to conserve and restore habitat.
The grants are being awarded in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Who: Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne
FWS Deputy Director Marshall Jones
What: Announcement of $67 million in grants to support endangered species
conservation in 27 states.
When: 2:15 p.m., EDT, Sept. 26, 2006
Call-in: Reporters may dial in 888-282-1673. The passcode is “DOI.”
A press release and list of grants will be posted at 1 p.m. EDT at www.fws.gov