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Wildlife grant program open for private Kansas landowners

From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

-- The deadline is June 30  for applications to participate in Kansas’ State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Private Land Program funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Interior, and administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

As much as $400,000 of SWG funds and an additional $200,000 in non-federal funds to private landowners interested in implementing habitat projects will be distributed. Landowners receiving funding will be required to match a minimum of 25 percent of total project costs. This match can either be a cash contribution from a non-federal source or contributions of labor, materials and equipment use. Applications will be accepted until June 30. Additional applications may be submitted after June 30 if funds remain available.

To be eligible, applications must address issues and strategies identified in the Kansas Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan. Applications will be scored based on established criteria to ensure all applicants are considered fairly and that the best projects are selected. Higher priority consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address restoration and enhancement activities that contribute to 1) development or maintenance of large grassland blocks capable of supporting area-sensitive wildlife species, 2) restoration or maintenance of areas supporting high densities of playa lakes surrounded by grasslands and 3) restoration or enhancement of streams and associated riparian buffers.

Interested landowners should contact any KDWP regional office or private lands biologist for application materials or to schedule a consultation concerning a proposed project. For information regarding program administration, write Roger Wolfe, KDWP Region 2 Office, 300 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka, Kansas 66606 or phone (785)273-6740. Persons with special communication needs may phone the Kansas Relay Center at (800)766-3777.

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