- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for $300,000 available for habitat management grants
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program, now in its fourth year, provides financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of conserved lands to improve and manage habitat for game species (species that are hunted, fished, and trapped) and other Species of Greatest Conservation Need as identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan. The grant program also aims to expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation, and complement ongoing habitat management work on state lands. This year (FY19), Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton provided MassWildlife with $300,000 to fund another year of this popular and effective program. Details on how to apply for the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant can be found at mass.gov/dfw/habitat-grant. The application period is now open with a proposal deadline of October 17, 2018.
Last year (FY18), MassWildlife received 35 applications for grant funding with requests totaling over $910,000. A team of reviewers selected 20 proposals submitted by municipalities, private citizens, and NGOs for projects in 19 towns and cities. These wildlife habitat management projects included invasive plant control, old field habitat improvement, prescribed fire to enhance habitats, stream restoration work, and coastal heathlands improvement. In total, approximately 950 acres were successfully managed as a result of the funding. Projects included the Towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, and Mashpee that used prescribed fire to improve pitch pine–oak communities, stream restoration completed by the Westport Land Conservation Trust, and creation of turtle nesting habitat and young forest and shrubland habitat for wildlife by a private land owner in Orange.
There are some significant changes to the program this year, including an expansion of eligible lands, and the use of a fillable form for an application. This form application should make it easier for individuals and organizations that are not experienced in grant writing to be able to apply for this funding opportunity to conduct work on land they own or manage.