Tuesday, July 28, 2020

DCNR Begins Accepting Wild Resource Conservation Grant Applications Aug. 3

On July 28, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the
Wild Resource Conservation Grant Program will begin accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity on August 3.
The deadline to submit applications is September 25. 

Overseen by DCNR, the program safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. Grant applications will be accepted in three areas: species surveys, conservation and management. 

“These grants help support field research and on-the-ground conservation projects that protect some of our most vulnerable species,” Dunn said. “Programs to reintroduce river otters and fishers in Pennsylvania, preserve and protect rare plant species, and bridge the gap between scientific discovery and good conservation policy are just a few of the many efforts supported by these grants over the years through this program.” 

Among this year’s grant priorities are surveys and projects focusing on devil crayfish, rare cave aquatic invertebrates, Chesapeake logperch, fire management and more. 

Launched in 1982, Wild Resource Conservation Program encourages and supports research and protection efforts to conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse native wildlife resources, including bird and mammal species, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants.

Applications only will be accepted electronically through DCNR’s online grant application system

Visit the Wild Resource Conservation Grant Program webpage to learn more and for 2020 grant priorities.

Learn more about the program and how you can support this initiative through a state income tax check-ff and a special vehicle license plate by visiting DCNR’s Wild Resources Conservation Program webpage.

(Photo: Devil Crayfish, collected for the first time in over 100 years in the fall 2017 in Neshaminy State Park in Southeastern Pennsylvania, is a priority for assessment in the 2020 round of grants.  Read more here about the discovery.)

[Posted: July 28, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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