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Grants set for Wild Resource program

HARRISBURG — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn recently announced that its Wild Resource Conservation Program soon will begin accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity.

Overseen by DCNR, the program safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants and their habitat. Grant applications will be accepted in three areas: species surveys, conservation and management.

“These grants help support field research and on-the-ground conservation projects that protect some of our most vulnerable species,” Dunn said. “Programs to reintroduce river otters and fishers in Pennsylvania, preserve and protect rare plant species, and bridge the gap between scientific discovery and good conservation policy are just a few of the many efforts supported by these grants over the years through this program.”

Among this year’s grant priorities are surveys and projects focusing on devil crayfish, rare cave aquatic invertebrates, Chesapeake logperch, fire management and more.

Launched in 1982, Wild Resource Conservation Program encourages 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 will be accepted Aug. 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25. Applications only will be accepted electronically through DCNR’s online grant application system. Learn more about the Wild Resource Conservation Program and 2020 grant priorities.

Permits available

HARRISBURG — Like a good detective, deer hunters follow clues each fall to cross paths with wary white-tailed deer. This year, they can put those investigative skills to use in helping to sniff out the potential spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is offering special Deer Management Assistance Program permits for eight ESUs. The permits, which allow hunters to take antlerless deer in the 2020-21 hunting seasons, are on sale now.

The purpose is for hunters to use the tags to harvest deer, and then submit the heads from those animals for CWD testing. CWD testing occurs statewide annually. But as their name suggests, it’s especially critical in Enhanced Surveillance Units.

The surveillance units are small areas within larger Disease Management Areas. They surround the spot where a CWD positive wild or captive deer was found.

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