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FWS awards multistate conservation grants

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced it is approving all the priority grants for the Multistate Conservation Grant Program as recommended by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). FWS made the announcement in the Federal Register of Friday, April 25. AFWA submits its priority list to FWS annually.

FWS gives $6 million in the grants every year. No grantee can get more than $3 million. Grantees can use funds for managing sport fisheries and wildlife, research, developing boating access, hunter safety and education, aquatic education, fish and wildlife habitat improvements, etc. Grants must operate in multiple states.

FWS awarded 15 grants. AFWA will get several of the grants itself. It got the money for projects involving a technical workgroup for a 2016 survey; a project to coordinate state, federal and industry agencies; helping states understand international treaties and conventions; and more. Other grants will go toward helping states increase fishing and hunting licence revenue, finding innovative ways to get non-traditional populations involved in hunting and fishing, and so on.

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