Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that $320,866 in Wild Resources Conservation Program grants have been awarded to nine projects aimed at protecting biodiversity native to Pennsylvania.
“These projects will contribute to critical field research and on-the-ground conservation projects that protect some of our most vulnerable species across the Commonwealth, focusing specifically on research into the effect of climate change on plants. rare, medicinal and edible plants, moth and butterfly conservation and other key conservation areas,” Dunn said. “DCNR will continue to support projects of this nature as we work to protect our native wildlife resources for future generations. »
Overseen by DCNR, the program protects Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. Grants are awarded in three areas: species surveys, conservation and management.
Among this year’s grant priorities are investigations and projects focused on edible and medicinal plants, the effects of fire management on wildlife, the checkered sculpin, plant genetics and more.
The funded projects are as follows:
Genetics of Three Endemic Appalachian Plants (Bucknell University) – $47,992
Effects of Climate Change on Rare Plants (or the Distribution and Ecological Assessment of Pennsylvania Plants of Concern) (Carnegie Institute) – $29,746
Medicinal and Edible Plants (Penn State University) – $31,663
Blue Lupine’s Response to Fire, Deer and Microhabitat Management (Penn State University) – $46,660
Freshwater Mussels and Invasive Fish in French Creek (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) – $53,083
Moth and Butterfly Conservation Rankings (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) – $30,423
Globally Rare Pennsylvania Tiger Beetle (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) – $32,362
Habitat Conservation Plan for Limestone Barrens (Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) – $10,173
Genetics of Endangered Plant Species of Pennsylvania (Wilmington College) – $38,824
Visit the DCNR website for more information on specific projects (PDF)
Applications are being accepted for the 2022 funding cycle (PDF), which will focus on surveys, research, conservation and management, and climate change.
Visit the DCNR website to learn more about the grant cycle (PDF).
Started in 1982, the Wild Resources Conservation Program encourages and supports research and conservation efforts to conserve Pennsylvania’s diverse native wildlife resources, including species of birds and mammals, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants.
Learn more about the Wild Resources Conservation Program.
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