The president's 2011 budget request of $1.6 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will focus funding on the agency's highest priority
conservation initiatives, while containing costs through management
efficiencies and other savings to address government fiscal realities, according to a releas by the USFWS.
Climate Change Adaptation and $4 million for work to review planned
renewable energy development to ensure they do not place threatened or endangered species at risk, as well as an additional $15.8 million for
ecosystem restoration and $20 million for Federal land acquisition.
The budget focuses on key ecosystems threatened by pollution, water
shortages and habitat destruction through the Treasured Landscapes
Initiative, and includes an additional $2.5 million to fund conservation
jobs for youth through the Youth in Natural Resources Initiative. An
additional $1.23 billion would be made available through permanent
appropriations, most of which will go directly to states for fish and
wildlife restoration and conservation efforts.
“This budget request recognizes the need to make difficult choices in
challenging economic times, while providing substantial increases to address the unparalleled threat posed by climate change to our nation's fish and wildlife resources,” said Sam Hamilton, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The strategic investments this budget makes will allow us to continue to work with our partners to build the capacity we need to tackle climate change and other future challenges. Our request also recognizes the need to protect significant ecosystems across the nation and to facilitate the responsible development of renewable energy resources.”
The following is a brief summary of the service's FY 2011 request:
Climate Change Adaptation Initiative:
New Energy Frontier Initiative:
support to ongoing restoration and conservation efforts in nationally
significant ecosystems such as the Everglades, Gulf Coast, Chesapeake Bay, and San Francisco Bay Delta. The budget also provides $106.3 million, an increase of $20.0 million, for land acquisition for the National Wildlife Refuge System, providing support for important ecosystems and vital wildlife habitat and lands for outdoor recreation. Additional funding requested includes:
. $1.8 million requested for Everglades to support landscape-scale
conservation and restoration projects in the Florida Everglades.
. $5.0 million requested for Chesapeake Bay to support implementation
of Executive Order 13508 to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. The Executive Order calls for Federal leadership “.to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the Nation's largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed.”
. $4.0 million requested for the California Bay Delta will support a
variety of actions and investments the Administration is undertaking to
address California's current water supply and ecological crisis. The
Administration's efforts will support and complement the recently-enacted state law that addresses water supply needs within the State.
. $5.0 million requested for the Service's Gulf Coast effort -part of
a larger effort with state and federal partners – to implement restoration projects on refuges and enable the Service to provide its expertise to multi-agency planning of projects. These projects are needed to mitigate, in part, effects of ongoing wetlands losses along the Central Gulf Coast ofLouisiana and Mississippi.
Youth in Natural Resources Initiative: