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Applications Now Being Accepted For Grants To Protect Non-Game Species

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Wild Resource Conservation Program is again accepting applications for grants to protect the state's non-game animals, native plants and their habitats.  The deadline for applications is June 30.
            This year the Wild Resource Conservation Program is soliciting grant applications in four areas: identifying species and natural communities at risk from climate change; species inventory and monitoring; sustainable energy extraction and transport; and critical conservation needs.
            "We need to invest our grant dollars in projects that target major environmental threats," said WRCP Executive Director Greg Czarnecki. "We're looking for applied research and conservation projects that deal with climate change, energy extraction, and habitat loss and degradation."
            Launched in 1982, the program is funded through Growing Greener and voluntary contributions. It supports research and protection efforts to conserve Pennsylvania's diverse native wildlife resources, including bird and mammal species, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants.
            While grants vary in amount, the average award size is $30,000, and the term of the grant is 18 months.
            Applications must be for work to be performed between January 2011 and June 2012 and they will only be accepted electronically through DCNR's eGrants online grant application system.        
            For more information, visit the Wild Resource Conservation Program webpage or contact Greg Czarnecki at 717-783-1337.


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