Interior announces funding for wildlife corridors

Apr 8, 2022

The Interior Department announced $9.5 million in funds for wildlife corridors and habitat conservation projects in seven states and three tribal nations. The funding will support 13 projects aimed at improving big game migration corridors. Interior framed the announcement as a key component of the Biden administration’s “America the Beautiful” initiative to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland trumpeted the funding announcement during a virtual presentation, saying“To be successful, we must knit together our resources, our science, our various tools, our patchwork of lands and our collective will to do our part in ensuring the best habitats for wildlife.” The funding announcement coincided with a new agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society to coordinate habitat conservation projects.

The term wildlife corridors refers to the routes that wildlife use to move across the landscape between significant habitat areas. Animals of all types, from robins to trout and salamanders to grizzly bears, need to move to complete their life cycles and find resources. To learn more, check out the Center for Western Priorities’ interactive wildlife corridors storymap.

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