Applications Now Being Accepted For Wild Resource Conservation Program Grants

Applications are now being accepted for Wild Resources Conservation Program Grants to protect Pennsylvania's non-game animals, native plants and their habitat.  Applications are due August 15.

For more than 30 years the Wild Resource Conservation Program has helped to protect Pennsylvania's native biodiversity by supporting research, conservation, and education projects.

This year WRCP is soliciting grant applications in the areas of surveys, research and conservation and management.

"Our native species are facing more challenges today than ever," said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. "Habitat loss, competition from invasive species, pollution, and the imminent threat of climate change means that we must focus our resources on applied science and conservation projects that reduce or eliminate the effects of these stresses."

Secretary Dunn noted a House GOP-proposed budget could have possible negative effects on future funding of Wild Resource Conservation Program and other grant-based department programs.

Launched in 1982, the program is funded through DCNR and voluntary contributions, and supports research and protection efforts to conserve Pennsylvania's diverse native wildlife resources, including bird and mammal species, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants.

Among the many projects supported by the Wild Resource Conservation Program was research into the hellbender salamander in Pennsylvania streams.

Applications again will only be accepted electronically through DCNR's eGrants online grant application system.

For more about the program, visit DCNR’s Wild Resource Conservation webpage and learn how you can provide your support.

(Photo: Hellbender salamander in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 658 (Yaw-R-Lycoming) designating the eastern hellbender as the state amphibian (sponsor summary) is now on the Senate Calendar for action.)

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Sen. Yaw, CBF Student Leaders Support Bill To Save Hellbenders And Clean Water In PA

[Posted: June 21, 2017]


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