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Additional Grants Available for Conservation Projects to Benefit State’s Natural Symbols

   

Date:

May 13, 2008

Contact:

Meg Kenagy, ODFW, (503) 947-6021
Carolyn Devine, OWEB, (503) 986-0195
Fax: (503) 947-6009

Salem, Ore.—In preparation for Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration in 2009, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are seeking  proposals to conserve Oregon’s symbolic fish and wildlife species—the western meadowlark, chinook salmon, Oregon swallowtail butterfly and American beaver—and the habitats on which they depend. 

This is the second round of funding being made available against an OWEB-dedicated $1 million in Oregon Lottery funds for on-the-ground projects to aid in conservation of the state’s symbolic species. Applications are due July 25, 2008.

In the first round of funding totaling $283,000, five grants were awarded that address three of the state’s species: the Western Meadowlark, beaver and chinook. Projects were selected through a joint review by ODFW and OWEB. Funding will be administered by OWEB.

Proposed projects must focus on actions that address conservation of the four target species under priorities identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy. Application materials and additional information are available on ODFW’s website, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/oregon_150_grants.asp

About the Sesquicentennial

Governor Ted Kulongoski is honorary chair of Oregon 150 the non-profit agency planning the festivities for Oregon’s 2009 Oregon Sesquicentennial. A number of activities and projects are planned for the statewide celebration which kicks off in February 2009.

For more information:

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/index.shtml

Oregon Conservation Strategy, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/

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