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(WASHINGTON, DC) U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $3,657,727 in federal grants to promote the conservation of threatened and endangered species across Washington state.

Provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Recovery Land Acquisition and Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant Program, the funding will help local partnerships acquire and protect crucial habitat and will support Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) that allow private landowners to use and develop their land while conserving endangered species.

Senator Murray worked to fully fund the 2001 Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) through her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"Protecting our threatened and endangered species is vital to protecting our quality of life in Washington state," Senator Murray said. "These grants represent the best of partnerships between local organizations and individuals and state and federal agencies. I am pleased that these partnerships are working to benefit both endangered species and landowners across Washington state."

Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act provides funds to States and territories, and through them, to communities and individuals, for species and habitat recovery on non-Federal lands. The following Washington state grantees are among the first under the Recovery Land Acquisition and HCPs:

  • Walla Watershed Basin-Wide HCPS will receive $500,000 to develop an HCPS to project and extend critical steelhead and bull trout habitat.

  • Scatter Creek Watershed will receive $300,000 to develop an HCPS to protect over 30 species that are either Federally or State listed including the northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bull trout and bald eagle.

  • Multi-Species HCPS for Douglass County will receive $358,260 to help protect 63 species across a landscape of one million acres.

  • The Chewuch Basin Council will receive $100,000 to develop a basin wide HCPS that will support the survival and propagation of endangered fish species.

  • The Methow Watershed will receive $200,717 for developing HCPs in the Wolf Creek Irrigation District. The HCPs will develop strategies for meeting irrigation and habitat needs and where possible enhance bull trout, steel head and spring chinook recovery efforts by providing essential instream flows.

  • The NW Chinook Recovery will receive $100,000 to develop an HCPS for the agricultural lands along the lower Skykomish River that would address a critical need to protect the Chinook salmon and the bull trout.

  • The Rocky Prairie/Beaver Creek Project will receive $1,000,000 to acquire approximately 200 acres of Puget Trough prairie, oak and wetland habitat.

  • The Ellsworth Creek Watershed Project will receive $900,000 to purchase approximately 400 acres of an 800 acre site that would be permanently protected and enhanced to promote the recovery of endangered species.