The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anticipates receiving a combination of base funded appropriations and the Administration’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in FY 2014 to support the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership and its efforts to complete on-the-ground, fish habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement projects. The Service and the GLBFHP recognize that a substantial amount of the protection, restoration and enhancement of fish habitat will be done at the local level by local watershed associations, municipalities, tribes, states and non-governmental organizations. The Service and the GLBFHP will work with organizations to encourage local conservation actions that fit within the GLBFHP’s Strategic Plan priorities.

A “project” is defined as an action that will protect, restore or enhance Great Lakes fish habitat. Project proposals will be reviewed and ranked by a subcommittee of the GLBFHP. The Service will use the recommendations provided to them by the GLBFHP in making final decisions regarding project funds, and anticipates making final decisions regarding project selection by early spring 2014.

Please use the guidelines in the attached Call for Proposals to submit your project idea using the online application at http://midwestfishhabitats.org/apply by November 15, 2013. For questions, please email or call Michele Wheeler, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at 715-682-6185, ext. 19.

To receive future notifications of project funding and updates from the Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership mailing list, visit our website at http://greatlakes.fishhabitat.org/.

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