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Wildlife conservation grants available

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DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTSUMMIT COUNTY – With a statewide wildlife conservation plan in place, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) is offering grants of up to $50,000 for conservation projects aimed at conserving or restoring populations of Colorado’s rare animals.Private and nonprofit organizations, local government agencies and school districts are among those eligible to apply for Colorado Wildlife Conservation Grant Program funds, requiring matching funding from non-federal government sources. In-kind services and volunteer time can also be used to match the CDOW funding. The deadline for grant applications is Jan. 25, 2006. Proposed projects should focus on species and habitat conservation, particularly for species determined to be in “greatest conservation need” as described in the state’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan. The plan can be found at the DOW Website at http://wildlife.state.co.us/species_cons/CWCS/index.asp. A small percentage of a project can support education projects closely tied to a species conservation effort. Projects should also be consistent with the DOW’s Strategic Plan. The four “High-Priority Achievements” in the strategic plan relevant to the grant program are: n Habitat to support the broadest sustainable wildlife populations;n Conservation partnerships with private landowners;n Protect and enhance species at risk of becoming threatened or endangered;n Implement recovery plans.The Strategic Plan also can be viewed at the DOW website at http://wildlife.state.co.us/about/StrategicPlan/index.asp. Examples of possible projects include:n On-the-ground habitat restoration or improvements;n Aquatic and terrestrial habitat assessments and usage studies;n Species population field surveys;n Planning and design of habitat improvements;n Native vegetation enhancement;n Riparian corridor protection.Grant proposals should be no more than four pages and should provide a thorough description of the project. Details should include the need, scope of work, species to benefit, partners, timeline, how the work will be accomplished and the name of the project leader. Project costs should also be described. Program funds can be used to pay for project costs only. General operating costs of organizations are not eligible for grant awards. Private conservation groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of DOW and outside experts. Awards will be notified in early March. Mail grant applications to: Jim Guthrie, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO, 80216. For more information, contact Guthrie at jim.guthrie@state.co.us.