Fish Habitat Benefits from Nearly $3 Million in Funding Three
projects in the Pacific Region will help native trout species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 8/25/09
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing more than $2.7
million to support 52 fish habitat projects in 26 states across
the nation. An additional $4.7 million in partner contributions,
over $7.4 million in total, will go toward restoring and enhancing
stream, lake and coastal habitat, as well as to improving
recreational fishing and helping endangered species.
In the Pacific Region, the Service is providing $147,760 and the
Western Native Trout Initiative is contributing $256,300 to
support restoration projects that will restore or reopen nearly
five stream miles of trout habitat.
The funding is provided for priority projects identified through
six Fish Habitat Partnerships established under the National Fish
Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP). The partnerships formed as part of
this plan help direct funding and other resources to habitat
improvement projects offering the highest long-term conservation
More than 40 percent of U.S. fish populations are currently in
decline, half of the waters in the U.S. are somehow impaired, and
fragmented conservation efforts are not reversing these declines.
Some of the principal factors contributing to these declines
include: habitat destruction and fragmentation, toxic substances,
invasive species, harmful algal blooms and altered thermal
“Despite the dedicated efforts of natural resource managers, the
nation’s fish and aquatic resources face real challenges and
habitat conservation is a key element of supporting fish
populations and sustainable fisheries. Through the efforts of
NFHAP and its partners to conserve fish habitats throughout the
U.S, we can make a difference, said Sam Hamilton, Director of the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In addition to helping stem these declines, NFHAP projects also
enhance fishing opportunities for the public by putting more
dollars on the ground for fish conservation.
This year’s funding in the Pacific Region supports the following
projects, all of them partnerships with the Western Native Trout
Initiative: Honey Creek, OR – $97,010 in Service funds and
$115,200 in partner funds to remove one mile of barriers, opening
up 1.25 stream miles of habitat for redband trout and Warner
suckers. Panther Creek, WA – $35,000 in Service funds and $45,100
in partner funds to restore upstream passage for westslope
cutthroat trout, currently blocked by undersized culverts, opening
up 1.2 stream miles of habitat. Bear River Basin, ID – $15,750 in
Service funds and $96,000 in partner funds to restore and enhance
two stream miles of habitat for Bonneville cutthroat trout.
For a complete listing of funded projects, please visit:
NFHAP is a national investment strategy to maximize the impact of
conservation dollars on the ground. Under the plan, federal, state
and privately-raised funds are the foundation for building
regional partnerships that address the Nation’s biggest fish
habitat issues. This comprehensive effort will treat the causes of
fish habitat decline, not just the symptoms.
By 2010, through NFHAP, the Service and its partners will:
• Assess the condition of fish habitats in the U.S. • Prepare a
Status of Fish Habitats in the U.S. report. • Establish 12 or more
Fish Habitat Partnerships in priority areas. • Fund projects to
protect, restore and enhance priority habitats.
For more information about the National Fish Habitat Action Plan,
its partnerships and programs please visit: www.fishhabitat.org.
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