Protecting Pennsylvania’s Biodiversity: Grants Available through Wild Resource Conservation Program

DCNRCredit: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

PENNSYLVANIA — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that the Wild Resource Conservation Program continues to accept applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity.

Overseen by DCNR, the program benefits Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat.

Grant applications will be accepted in three areas: species surveys, conservation, and management.

“These grants help support field research and on-the-ground conservation projects that protect some of our most vulnerable species,” Dunn said. “This particular grant round is focused on efforts to support Pennsylvania’s wide array of wildlife and native wild plants, which are a part of our beautiful and diverse ecosystem.”

Among this year’s grant priorities are surveys and projects focusing on bird surveys including the night heron, northern harrier, and chimney swift; rare plant genetic conservation and propagation; studies on freshwater amphipods, crayfish species, green salamander, and other species of greatest conservation need.

Launched in 1982, the Wild Resource Conservation Program encourages 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.

The application window opened on June 26 and closes at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, September 1.

Applications only will be accepted electronically through DCNR’s online grant application system.

Learn more about the Wild Resource Conservation Program.

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