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North Dakota NAWCA Grants Approved Due to Historic Signing (12/18/02)

President Bush's Dec. 2 signing of a bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, one of the most important conservation programs ever, has paid immediate dividends in North Dakota, according to Ken Sambor, North American Waterfowl Management Plan coordinator for the State Game and Fish Department.

All three North Dakota NAWCA grants were approved at the federal level - Northern Coteau IV for $618,000; Devils Lake Basin III for $942,000; and Mouse River IV for $360,000.

"NAWCA, a primary funding source for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, is a major program for North Dakota," Sambor said. "The funding assists with a variety of waterfowl and wetland conservation programs, such as public land improvements and private lands projects."

Upon signing the Act, President Bush said: "Today, we're taking important action to conserve North America's wetlands, which will help keep our water clean and help provide habitat for hundreds of species of wildlife. Through this legislation, the federal government will continue its partnership with landowners, conservation groups, and states to save and improve millions of acres of wetlands. The North American Wetlands Conservation Act shows our concern for the environment and our respect for future generations of Americans."

NAWCA is a federal program that provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Since its inception in 1989, NAWCA has provided North Dakota with 32 grants, resulting in habitat improvement on more than 600,000 acres. NAWCA has contributed $17,397,893, while non-federal partners have contributed $19,075,553 and federal partners more than $10 million.
 

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It's always nice to hear about more money going towards conservation. :beer:

...and to think that it's coming from our supposedly "Anti-Environment" President. :roll:
 
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