DOI Partners with Private Land Owners to Fund Conservation Initiatives

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Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that through continued implementation of Secretarial Order 3362, “Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors,” $1.5 million in private land habitat projects were approved. The funding and technical support is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife program.

“The important role that private lands play in conservation cannot be overstated,” said Acting Secretary Bernhardt. “Of course, our public lands play a pivotal role conserving habitat and migration corridors as well, but we must continue to be a good neighbor and all work together. The projects we are funding today will result in invaluable conservation to benefit mule deer, pronghorn, elk and other wildlife.”

Of the 11 states identified in the Order, 8 states submitted projects. The state funding breakdown is below:

Arizona: $200,000

Colorado: $100,000

Idaho: $245,190

Montana: $152,600

Nevada: $235,000

New Mexico: $75,000

Washington: $194,802

Wyoming: $293,800

Over 42 projects were submitted for consideration and 22 are funded. Each project was required to have “approval” from a respective state wildlife agency official before it was considered for funding.

These funds will allow 119 miles of fence to be either removed or replaced with “wildlife friendly” fencing. Along with fencing projects, invasive species control and management, and habitat restoration work will result in positive impacts on over 44,000 acres.

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(Photo source: Tanner Knox)