|Until now, state fish and wildlife agencies have tried to conserve hundreds of species of fish and wildlife on shoestring budgets. While game species’ conservation has fared well, thanks to the sales of hunting and fishing licenses and user fees on gear, the rest of our nation’s wildlife has lacked secure and adequate funding for long-term conservation.||
The result? An endangered
species list that already tops
1000 and continues to grow.
We need to take action now.
The "conservation blueprint"
—or strategy—is your oppor-
tunity to act. It has the
potential to transform wildlife
conservation efforts for all
species from opportunistic to
strategic, piecemeal to holistic,
and crisis-driven to proactive.
The good news…State Wildlife Grants
Thanks to the untiring efforts of the 3,000 member
groups of the Teaming With Wildlife Coalition,
Congress passed the State Wildlife Grants program
in 2001. New federal dollars are funneling into Oklahoma and other states to prevent species and habitats from becoming endangered.
How do we get the dollars?
Oklahoma and other states are receiving matching
federal funds today as long as we complete a
comprehensive wildlife conservation strategy (plan)
by October 2005. A finished strategy is the key
to millions of dollars in future funding.
Not Just Another Plan
Money and scale set this strategy apart from other
plans that collect dust on shelves:
The actions defined by the strategy will receive millions
of federal funds annually for implementation.
Strategies are being produced by every state, the
territories, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Together, the strategies will provide a collective
approach for safeguarding our wildlife legacy—
efficiently and cost-effectively.
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