The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Office for Coastal Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have announced grants totaling more than $43 million in support of natural and nature-based infrastructure.
Awarded through the NFWF's Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund, which was launched last summer with funding provided by Congress under the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019, the funds will support projects designed to improve the resilience of communities in Alabama, California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu, or the California wildfires of 2018. The projects receiving grants are expected to protect or enhance more than twenty miles of shoreline and nearly eight thousand acres of wildlife habitat.
Grantees also will receive more than $54.7 million in matching funds from other sources, for a total conservation impact of nearly $98 million. Hurricanes Michael and Florence, Typhoon Yutu, and the California wildfires of 2018 caused more than $50 billion in damage and severely degraded a range of wildlife habitats.
"This new Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund supports conservation projects that strengthen natural systems at a scale that will help protect coastal communities in the states that were impacted by these disasters from the future impacts of storms, floods, wildfires, and other natural hazards," said NFWF executive director and CEO Jeff Trandahl. "These same projects also improve the ecological integrity and functionality of coastal ecosystems to support populations of fish and wildlife."
For a complete list of the grants, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.
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