OLYMPIA - Washington state's private landowners have until Dec. 31 to apply for grants that can be used to help protect, enhance and restore habitat for fish and wildlife "species at risk" on their land.
The funds are part of $760,000 in landowner incentive grants that will be distributed throughout the state by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Of the $760,000, $50,000 has been set aside for grants up to $5,000 each for smaller enhancement and restoration projects. For major projects, qualifying property owners can typically receive up to $50,000 in "Landowner Incentive Program" funds through an application process being administered by WDFW.
All grants require landowners to make a 25 percent non-federal contribution, which could include cash or in-kind work.
A "species at risk" is defined as any fish or wildlife species that is federally or state listed as threatened or endangered, is proposed or is a candidate for listing as threatened or endangered, as well as any other animal determined to be at risk by WDFW.
Application forms and more information on the Landowner Incentive Program are available through WDFW regional offices, on the Internet, or by calling Jeff Skriletz, WDFW Landowner Incentive Program biologist, at (360) 902-8313.