State Announces $500,000 in Funding for Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects

MASHPEE – The state has announced the availability of $500,000 in grant funding for wildlife habitat management projects, a $200,000 increase from previous rounds of the Habitat Management Grant Program.

Grants will be awarded for municipal and private conservation efforts to improve habitats for native wildlife and increase opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation.

Earlier this year, MassWildlife awarded $317,000 to 13 different municipalities, private citizens, land trusts and statewide conservation groups for work to be conducted in 14 towns.

During the last round of grants, the Town of Mashpee received over $11,000 to convert an old bog into seasonal waterfowl habitat.

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation also received more than $38,000 during the last round of grants, to reduce shrub and tree species cover to improve habitat conditions for wildlife.

“As part of our administration’s commitment to conserving Massachusetts’ natural resources, we are proud to increase funding for this important habitat improvement program across the state,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These grants help protect important species and enhance recreational opportunities for people who enjoy hunting, bird watching, hiking and other outdoor recreation.”

Managed by the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), the Habitat Management Grant Program provides financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of conserved lands to improve and manage habitat for wildlife deemed in greatest conservation need and for game species.

The projects will complement ongoing habitat management efforts on state lands and expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation. The deadline for application submissions is October 30, 2017.

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