BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $303,521 to municipalities and organizations across the state for projects to improve habitat for native Massachusetts wildlife. The grants are provided through the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MassWildlife) Habitat Management Grant Program, and will fund 12 wildlife habitat improvement projects totaling 307 acres.
“Making smart investments in projects to restore and manage protected lands across the Commonwealth furthers our Administration’s dedication to land conservation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With this funding, municipalities and local organizations will be able to significantly improve habitat for rare and endangered species, and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities.”
In its fourth year, the Habitat Management Grant Program provides financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of conserved lands to improve and manage habitat for wildlife deemed in greatest conservation need and certain game species. The projects are also designed to complement ongoing habitat management efforts on state lands and expand opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and other outdoor recreation.
“Similar to the need for roadway and bridge maintenance, conservation science has demonstrated that habitat for common and rare wildlife and plants need active and ongoing maintenance and management,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “These grants will assist in those important efforts and strengthen municipal and private wildlife conservation efforts throughout the Commonwealth.”
“Active habitat management is vitally important for many forms of wildlife, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that often need less common habitats,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ron Amidon. “These grants will enhance habitat on municipal and privately owned conservation land, and also improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts.”
“MassWildlife is committed to both fish and wildlife habitat management for