WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of the Interior’s announcement of more than $40.6 million in grants toward the recovery efforts of 65 federally protected species, is a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.
“Americans are united behind the need to protect our wildlife heritage,” said Mike Leahy, senior director of wildlife, hunting and fishing policy at the National Wildlife Federation. “This phenomenal collaborative effort, aimed at helping some of our most at-risk species, is a fantastic way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.”
This funding, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF), will allow states and territories to implement their plans to recover at-risk species. The Endangered Species Act, passed by Congress in 1973, has led to the recovery of iconic species such as the bald eagle, American alligator, and many others.
Learn more about the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund grant programs and the full list of awards here.
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