Two funding opportunities are available to benefit our understanding of wildlife and increase their resiliency on the Washington side of the border in the Cascadia region.
Seattle City Light has announced $100,000 towards wildlife research in the North Cascades through their Wildlife Research Program. The program was established in response to federal licensing requirements related to the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. The primary goal of the program is to facilitate the development of improved methods for the understanding, management, and protection of wildlife resources in the North Cascades ecosystem, with an emphasis on the Skagit River Watershed. A secondary goal of the program is to contribute to the training of new researchers and investigators. Applications are being accepted through January 11, 2019 – click here for more information.
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and ConocoPhillips, announced a new NFWF $2.7 million grant program to enhance and improve the quality of habitat in state identified, priority big-game winter range, stopover areas, and migration corridors on federal land and/or voluntary efforts on private land. The move comes as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s Secretarial Order 3362 is implemented to maintain and conserve migration route corridors for elk, mule deer and antelope in 11 western states including Washington. Washington State Action Plan to implement the secretarial order prioritizes mule deer winter range and migration corridors in the East Cascades. Applications for funding to assist our state and partners implement conservation actions to implement our state action plan will be accepted by NFWF until January 10, 2019. Click here to learn more and apply.