AR-News: FW: [fws-alaska-news] Service Awards Grants to Russian
Nature Reserves and Parks
wolfcrest at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 16 11:28:08 EDT 2004
>For Immediate Release
>Contact: Bruce Woods (907) 786-3695
>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Without Borders program is
>pleased to announce the results of its fifth biennial small grants
>competition to benefit nature reserves and national parks within Russia.
>This year, grants averaging $7,300 will go to forty conservation sites and
>will help to pay for boats, radios and other equipment to prevent illegal
>hunting; environmental education materials about the nature reserves and
>parks; and equipment essential for biological monitoring.
>Since 1995, the Service has provided more than $902,000 benefiting bird and
>marine mammal populations that migrate between the United States and
>Russia, as well as threatened and endangered species such as saiga
>antelope, Oriental white stork, red-crowned crane and ginseng.
>âI am glad to inform you that, due to your financial help,
>December-January we confiscated 8 guns from poachers. Itâs the best
>in 63 years of law enforcement at our reserve,â said Nikolai Maleshin,
>1997 grant recipient from the Central Black Earth Biosphere Reserve.
>Russia's Wrangel Island Nature Reserve, high in the Arctic and vital
>habitat for the Bering-Chukchi Seas polar bear population, has received two
>grants, totaling $13,486. The Commander Islands Nature Reserve, at Russia's
>end of the Aleutian Chain, home to sea otters and seabird colonies, has
>received three grants totaling $11,775.
>Protected natural areas in Russia play a key role in preserving the
>biodiversity of our planet. The Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes the
>importance of cooperating with its Russian colleagues in the conservation
>of the worldâs natural resources for current and future generations.
>in Alaska, a state which shares populations of many of its migratory birds
>and marine mammals with Russia, this cooperation is especially valued.
>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
>responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and
>plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
>people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
>System, which encompasses 544 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small
>wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national
>fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological
>services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws,
>administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations,
>restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife
>habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their
>conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program,
>which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on
>fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
> For more information about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service international
> visit our homepage at http://international.fws.gov
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