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Burns Honored For Wildlife Conservation Funding Support

Friday, March 19, 2004

CFWCS

A national wildlife conservation group recently recognized Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) for his leadership in championing federal funding for state-based wildlife conservation under the State Wildlife Grants program.

The Teaming With Wildlife Coalition honored the Montana senator for advocating state wildlife conservation funding and for his commitment to America’s wildlife. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks presented the award to Burns at the Teaming With Wildlife summit in Washington, D.C. The coalition, made up of more than 3,000 conservation groups nationwide, aims to prevent more fish and wildlife species from becoming threatened or endangered.

"We’re grateful for the efforts of Sen. Burns, our Montana Congressional delegation, and our many supporters in securing this important fish and wildlife funding during these difficult budget times,” said FWP Director, Jeff Hagener. “Sen. Burns' support for this funding helps us prevent fish and wildlife from becoming endangered, which is a smarter and cheaper way to work than struggling to bring a species back from the brink of extinction."

As chairman of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, Burns helped create the State Wildlife Grants program. Since 2001, the program has funneled more than $4 million into Montana for fish and wildlife conservation programs, including prairie fish surveys, native Arctic grayling and cutthroat trout restoration; loon research, wolf and grizzly bear recovery and management planning; inventories of small mammals and reptiles, and more. 

"This is a positive program that really resonates with people because it is designed to involve landowners, conservation groups, and other agencies to keep America's fish and wildlife healthy and off the endangered species list," Burns said.

For information on State Wildlife Grants, contact T.O. Smith, FWP's comprehensive fish and wildlife plan coordinator, at 406-444-3889, or via e-mail at tosmith@state.mt.us.