The US Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it is declaring 23 species now extinct. The Federal Service has now said it wants to remove these 23 animals and plants from the endangered species list and consider them extinct because none of them can be found in the wild.
Over a million animals and plants would also disappear from the planet over the next 10 to 20 years.
In total to date, the extinction includes ten species of birds, including bats; the once common Illinois and Georgia freshwater mussels, and other species.
This accelerating extinction is a global event, as living animals and plants are dying due to global warming and the destruction of their habitats.
Today, the US Fish and Wildlife announced nearly $ 79.2 million in grants to help conserve and permanently protect nearly 56,000 acres of habitat for 55 listed and endangered species in 13 states per through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF). The grants will be matched with more than $ 49.3 million in partner funds.
âUsing science as a guide, the Biden-Harris administration America the Beautiful is to pursue a collaborative and inclusive approach to conservation. The significant funding announced today strengthens our promise to conserve and restore US lands and waters for the common good, â Home Secretary Deb Haaland said. âI applaud the Service’s continued efforts to work hand-in-hand with states and private landowners to improve habitat and connectivity.
Authorized by section 6 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, CESCF grants contribute millions of dollars each year to support the implementing state and territorial programs to conserve and recover federally listed and endangered species on non-federal lands. . This approach to conservation, carried out in cooperation with states, voluntary landowners and local partners, promotes species conservation and economic development.
CESCF land acquisition funding to states is provided through two nationally competitive grant programs: the Subsidy program for the acquisition of salvaged land, which provides funding for habitat acquisition in support of recovery plans approved by the Service; and the Habitat Conservation Plan (PCH) Land Acquisition Grant Program, which provides funds to acquire habitat for listed and endangered species to complement conservation strategies from approved health professionals.
Here are some examples of projects approved this year:
- The State of California will receive $ 11 million under the HCP Land Acquisition Grant program to enable the acquisition of 384 acres of the Banning Ranch property located in West Newport Beach, where the Santa Ana River meets the Pacific Ocean. The last large patch of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Southern California, Banning Ranch is home to a mix of coastal wetlands, riparian forests, coastal cliff sage, shortgrass prairie and spring pond communities. . The property complements the Central and Coastal Natural Community Conservation Plan / Orange County Habitat Conservation Plan by retaining land contiguous to the HCP reserve and benefiting listed covered species such as the California Gnatcatcher, the Bell vireo, the San Diego fairy shrimp and the Pacific pocket mouse. .
- The State of Maine will receive $ 4,164,975 under the Salvage Land Acquisition Grant program to support the acquisition of the 26,740-acre Pleasant River Headwaters Forest Area located in the 100-mile wilderness of the Maine. In partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Appalachian Mountain Club will restore full ecosystem functionality and permanently protect Atlantic salmon habitat on the property, thereby significantly contributing to the recovery goals identified in the recovery plan for the Atlantic salmon.
- The states of Oregon and Nevada will receive a total of $ 3,437,000 under the Salvage Land Acquisition Grant program to support the acquisition of the 3,345-acre Disaster Peak Ranch straddling the US border. State in the counties of Malheur, Oregon and Humboldt, Nevada. This intergovernmental and multi-agency partnership will promote the recovery of the Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT), a species listed on the federal list. The acquisition of the Disaster Peak Ranch and subsequent restoration efforts will achieve the delisting criteria identified in the species recovery plan by enabling the establishment of an interconnected metapopulation within the Quinn Management Unit. LCT. The property is in an environmentally high operating condition and is expected to remain climate resistant in the future.
- The State of Hawaii will receive $ 3 million under the HCP Land Acquisition Grant program to support the acquisition and ongoing protection of the Na Wai Eha Watershed Forest property located on the island of Maui. Acquisition of the 11,020-acre property will complement ongoing mitigation efforts for listed species covered by habitat conservation plans for three wind facilities, including Hawaiian goose, Hawaiian greylag bat and the Hawaiian petrel.
Earlier this year, the Service also approved approximately $ 8.2 million in grants to support the planning efforts of healthcare professionals in 17 states as part of the HSP Planning Assistance Grant Program. Funds awarded under this program can be used to support the development, renewal or modification of FSSs. Eligible activities include document preparation, public education, species baseline studies, habitat assessments, inventories and environmental compliance.
A full list of CESCF projects approved in FY 2021 is available online. To learn more about CESCF grant programs, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.
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