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Administration Ups the Ante for National Fish Habitat Initiative Projects

As momentum continues to build for the roll-out of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan this spring, a request for $3 million for the National Fish Habitat Initiative was announced in the President's formal budget proposal to Congress for Fiscal Year 2007(See attached news release). The new funding will support fish habitat projects identified by partnerships established under the action plan. Funding will also be used to support activities of the National Fish Habitat Board.

 As scores of partners refine the draft National Fish Habitat Action Plan, fish habitat partnerships already have begun to take root, with several supported by Multistate Conservation Grants (intended to address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies).  Over the last two years, $2.9 million has been invested in these projects under the grant program, which is cooperatively managed by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

For more information on funding related to the National Fish Habitat Initiative, contact Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council Coordinator Doug Hobbs, (703) 358-2336 or .  For more information on NFHI, visit



Review and comment on the latest draft of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (2/17/2006)


On behalf of the National Fish Habitat Initiative (NFHI) Core Work Group, I invite all partners to review and comment on the latest draft of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan.  This February 10, 2006 draft reflects input provided by partners and stakeholders and can be viewed at  The deadline for your comments on the revised draft is February 22, 2006.

This latest draft is intended to succinctly capture the vision, mission and goals of the National Fish Habitat Initiative.  Most importantly, it outlines the planís focus on regional Fish Habitat Partnerships and how its implementation will augment efforts to successfully conserve fish and aquatic habitats on regional and local levels.  It also contains additional information about the science and data strategies, a federal caucus, a listing of NFHI partners and background about the developmental history of NFHI.

We seek your review and input about any remaining substantial issues or suggestions that can improve the plan.  You can review the revised draft at  Email your comments directly to .

Thank you for your help to build a stronger plan and for your interest in implementing its ambitious goals for fish and fish habitats.
Doug Austen, Chair, NFHI Core Work Group 
Executive Director, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission


News from the 2005 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference:

  • Dave Phillipp, Illinois Natural History Survey,  honored with NCD's "Fisheries Excellence Award" at 2005 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference

  • Wisconsin Chapter named NCD "Most Active Chapter" for 2005

  • Iowa State student subunit named NCD "Outstanding Student Subunit"

  • The Teleogram, newsletter of the Wisconsin Chapter (editor Martin Griffin), named NCD "Best Newsletter" for 2005

The Fall issue of Mainstream is now available!



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