U.S. Fish & Wildlife awards $1.3 Million in grants to 30 states to combat deadly bat disease

August 26, 2014

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BatThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced grant awards totaling $1,276,088 to 30 states for white-nose syndrome projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats.  The Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin will share a total of $280,470 to address white-nose syndrome.

“Although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leads the national response to white-nose syndrome, we can’t do this alone,” said Wendi Weber, co-chair of the White-Nose Syndrome Executive Committee and Service northeast regional director. “State agency partners are critical in the united fight against this devastating disease.”

“White-nose syndrome has spread rapidly from one state in 2007 to 25 states and five Canadian provinces this year,” said Dr. Jeremy Coleman, the Service’s national WNS coordinator. “These grants provide essential support to our state partners in preparing for and responding to this disease. The research, monitoring, and actions made possible by these grants have yielded valuable results and insights for our national response to white-nose syndrome.”

First discovered in New York in the winter of 2006-2007, the disease spread through the eastern U.S. and parts of Canada, and continues to move westward. The Service is leading a cooperative effort with federal and state agencies, tribes, researchers, universities and other non-governmental organizations to investigate and manage WNS. In addition to developing science-based protocols and guidance for land management agencies and other partners to slow the spread of WNS, the Service has funded many research projects to support management of the disease and improve understanding of it.

Funding for grants was provided through the Endangered Species Recovery and Science Applications programs. Thirty states submitted proposals requesting $1,284,048. All eligible requests were given at least partial awards, ranging from about $11,500 to $52,500, for a total of $1,276,088. 

Additional information about WNS is available at www.whitenosesyndrome.org/. Connect with our white-nose syndrome Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfwswns, follow our tweets atwww.twitter.com/usfws_wns and download photos from our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/collections/72157626455036388/.

WNS Grants to States 2014 Awards

State	        Award
Alabama	        $52,500
Arkansas	$48,750
Colorado	$52,500
Delaware	$22,928
Florida	        $50,832
Idaho	        $52,500
Illinois	$43,112
Indiana	        $36,500
Iowa	        $28,769
Kentucky	$50,000
Maryland	$50,500
Massachusetts	$52,500
Michigan	$52,500
Minnesota	$17,096
Mississippi	$50,391
Missouri	$11,667
Nebraska	$49,867
New Hampshire	$20,545
North Carolina	$52,500
Ohio	        $52,500
Pennsylvania	$26,000
Rhode Island	$35,610
South Carolina	$51,000
Tennessee	$50,000
Texas	        $50,452
Utah	        $48,648
Vermont	        $42,895
Virginia	$39,000
West Virginia	$45,700
Wisconsin	$38,326
Total	     $1,276,088

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/.

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