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A Requirement of the State Wildlife Grant Program
What are State Wildlife Grants?
Congress created the State Wildlife Grant Program (SWG) in 2001 to help state and tribal fish and wildlife agencies address the unmet needs of fish and wildlife and associated habitats. Funds appropriated under the State Wildlife Grants program are allocated to states according to a formula that takes into account each state's size and population. To date, Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in SWG funds.
The purpose of SWG is twofold:
What is a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy?
To be eligible for federal grants and to satisfy congressional requirements for participating in the State Wildlife Grant program, state fish and wildlife agencies must develop a Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. Strategies will provide a foundation for the future of wildlife conservation; they will provide a stimulus to engage the state, federal agencies, and other conservation partners to strategically think about individual and coordinated roles in prioritizing conservation efforts, thereby reducing duplication.
Who is Developing Maine's CWCS?
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) is the agency responsible for developing Maine's CWCS with input from the Atlantic Salmon Commission (ASC), Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Maine's Native American tribes.
Though each state's Strategy will reflect a different set of issues, management needs, and priorities, states are working together to ensure nationwide consistency and a common focus on fish and wildlife in greatest conservation need.
What are the Guiding Principles of Maine's CWCS?
Guiding principles for Maine's CWCS are:
Are there Special Requirements for Developing a CWCS?
Congress identified 8 required elements to be addresses in each state's CWCS.
When Will the Strategy be Completed?
Maine's Strategy must be completed by October 1, 2005. A National Advisory Acceptance Team, established by the USFWS, will review Strategies to ensure each contains the eight elements required by Congress.
What is the Timeline for Developing Maine's CWCS?
July 2004 - Feb 2005
March 2005 - July 2005
Aug - Sept 2005
For More Information Contact
Sandy Ritchie Habitat Conservation and Special Projects Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 41 State House Station, 284 State Street Augusta, ME 04333-0041 Phone: 207-287-5265 Fax: 207-287-6395
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