PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s 2015 Wildlife Action Plan has been launched by the state’s Department of Environmental Management, setting in motion a review of issues related to conservation of wildlife and their habitats, as well as the related impacts of population growth and climate change, according to a July 30 DEM press release.
The two-year project will revise Rhode Island’s 2005 Wildlife Action Plan and will allow the state to qualify for millions of dollars in matching funds, according to the release.
The State Wildlife Grants Program provides federal grants for developing and implementing programs that benefit wildlife and their habitats, including species not hunted or fished, according the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website on the program. Congress has also authorized funding since 2008 to encourage multi-partner projects that implement actions in state wildlife plans.
DEM will partner with the Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy to leverage financial resources and expertise. The University of Rhode Island will also be a partner in the project.
“DEM is proud to work with our longtime partners, The Nature Conservancy and URI, as we develop a comprehensive plan to address wildlife conservation efforts over the coming decade,” DEM Director Janet Coit said in a statement. “This proactive plan will enable us to fund priority conservation efforts statewide and maintain Rhode Island’s diverse natural landscape for its residents and wildlife populations to enjoy.”