Interior Secretary Norton to announce $12.9 Million in tax money to fund conservation projects in 40 States - Includes saving bat habitat

9/15/03 5:11:00 PM

News Advisory from U.S. Dept. of Interior:

Interior Secretary Gale Norton will hold a press teleconference on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to announce $12.9 million in grants under President Bush's Cooperative Conservation Initiative for 256 conservation projects in conjunction with states, local communities, businesses, landowners and other partners.

The grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service will fund a wide range of conservation projects in 40 states and Puerto Rico. These projects range from restoring wetland prairie habitat in Oregon to protecting bat habitat in mines and caves in Nevada, California and Arizona to eradicating invasive plants in Florida's Everglades.

Partners are required at least to match the federal grants, so overall funding for the projects totals more than $35 million. A press release and the full list of grants will be posted on the Interior Department website ( ) prior to the conference call on Tuesday morning.


-- Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior

-- Craig Manson, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

-- Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Budget and Management

-- Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management

What: Teleconference announcing conservation grants in 40 states and Puerto Rico


Contact: Hugh Vickery of the U.S. Department of the Interior, 202-501-4633


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