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Contact: Hugh Vickery
For Immediate Release: February 24, 2004

Norton to Hold Media Teleconference to Announce
Grants to 40 States, Virgin Islands to Conserve Imperiled Wildlife

Interior Secretary Gale Norton will hold a media teleconference Wednesday to announce grants to 40 states and the Virgin Islands to help private landowners conserve and restore the habitat of endangered species and other at-risk plants and animals.

Norton will also talk about her meeting with President Bush to discuss the administration's overall effort to empower states, tribes, local communities, private landowners and others to engage in cooperative conservation projects.

The grants to be announced, part of the administration's Landowner Incentive Program started last year, will allow states to provide financial and technical assistance to landowners who want to undertake projects on their property.

The grants will be made to Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the Virgin Islands.

Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior
Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management
and Budget
John Baughman, Executive Director, International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Alan Wentz, Group Manager for Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited,
Chandler Keys, Vice President, Government Affairs, National Cattlemen's Beef Association,
James Cummins, Executive Director, Mississippi Fish & Wildlife Foundation

What: Announcement of Landowner Incentive Grants to 40 States and Virgin Islands.

When: 2 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004

Call-In: Dial (877) 817-7175. (News Media Only)



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