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$1.25 Million in USFWS and Partnership Funds for Aquatic Habitat Projects In Alaska

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will provide $3.3 million to fund 90 projects that will help protect, restore and enhance stream, lake and coastal habitat in 29 states.   This funding will be matched by $9.33 million in contributions by non-governmental organizations, state resource agencies, and other partners. Of this, more than $1.25 million will benefit fish habitats (and fish, and anglers) in Alaska.

The cost-shared projects address the priorities of 18 Fish Habitat Partnerships (FHPs) recognized under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP).  FHPs are the primary work units of the NFHP and are made up of partners from various state, federal, tribal, NGOs, and industry partners that share overlapping conservation goals and objectives.  For the complete listing of 2012 funded projects please visit http://www.fishhabitat.org/images/2012_FWS_FHP/2012_fhp_projects.pdf

"Fish are important to our state in so many ways.” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Regional Director Geoffrey Haskett, “They fuel our economy, fill our freezers, provide wholesome family recreation, and give us a means of continuing our cultures. The Fish Habitat Partnerships bring together a suite of partners to work toward preserving these treasures for our children and grandchildren.” 

Since the NFHP was initiated in 2006, the Service’s Fisheries program has provided $16 million for 341 Fish Habitat Partnership related projects in 46 states, matched by $39.7 million from partners.  The Partnership is an unprecedented attempt to address an unseen crisis for fish nationwide – loss and degradation of aquatic habitat.   The partnership effort is prominent in making a difference through voluntary, non-regulatory conservation actions.  In addition, a subset of 41 projects will target climate change adaptation in habitats that support species vulnerable to the effects of climate change.   

For more information on the National Fish Habitat Partnership visit www.fishhabitat.org and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NFHAP

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq

-FWS-

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