Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants

Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants

The grants to states offered through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund support a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed, and listed species. Authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act, these funds may be awarded in turn to private landowners and groups for conservation projects. 

Approximately $75.5 million in grant funding for conservation planning activities and habitat acquisition for federally protected species is available for fiscal 2009, which began Oct. 1, 2008. These grant programs -- often referred to collectively as "Section 6 Grants" -- include three programs and a pair of competitive land acquisition grants.

Recovery Land Acquisition Grants

These grants provide funds to states and territories for acquisition of threatened and endangered species habitat in support of approved and draft species recovery plans. Acquiring habitat in order to secure long term protection is often the critical element in a comprehensive recovery effort for a listed species. Approximately $14.2 million in grant money is expected to be available in fiscal 2009.

Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants

This category provides funds to states and territories to support the development of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). The purpose of an HCP is to ensure adequate protection for threatened and endangered species, while at the same time providing for economic growth and development. These grants provide support for baseline surveys and inventories, document preparation, outreach, and similar planning activities. Approximately $7.6 million in grant money is expected to be available in fiscal 2009.

Habitat Conservation Planning Land Acquisition Grants

These grants provide funds to states and territories to acquire land associated with approved HCPs. Grants do not fund the mitigation required of an HCP permittee, but rather, support acquisitions by the state or local governments that complement actions associated with the HCP. Approximately $40.5 million in grant money is expected to be available in fiscal 2009.

USFWS Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants website

Section 6 Funded Projects

  • Engaging Communities In Conservation

    by Joe Kane
    Faced with a timber company's intention to log a heavily forested ridge along the highway leading to Mount Rainier National Park, Living Landsconvinced them to hold off for three months, and at the eleventh hour won a $1.4 million Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund grant to buy out the clearcut.

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