HARRISBURG, Pa., June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Applications are being accepted for grants to protect Pennsylvania's non-game animals, native plants and their habitat.
For more than 30 years the Wild Resource Conservation Program (WRCP) has helped to protect Pennsylvania's native biodiversity by supporting research, conservation, and education projects.
This year WRCP is soliciting grant applications in the areas of surveys, research and conservation and management.
"Our native species are facing more challenges today than ever," said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. "Habitat loss, competition from invasive species, pollution, and the imminent threat of climate change means that we must focus our resources on applied science and conservation projects that reduce or eliminate the effects of these stresses."
Secretary Dunn noted a House GOP-proposed budget could have possible negative effects on future funding of Wild Resource Conservation Program and other grant-based department programs
Launched in 1982, the program is funded through DCNR and voluntary contributions, and supports research and protection efforts to conserve Pennsylvania's diverse native wildlife resources, including bird and mammal species, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants.
Applications are being accepted through 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Applications again will only be accepted electronically through DCNR's eGrants online grant application system. To apply for a grant or learn more about the application process go to visit https://www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us/Dashboard/WRCPGrants
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources