Lofgren and Honda Announce $2 million for Santa Clara County Endangered Species Habitat Protection
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan will receive $2,000,000 in federal funding for endangered species habitat acquisition, announced U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) today.
The grant, a part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, will support the acquisition of up to 3,286 acres in Santa Clara County to protect key habitat for federal endangered species such as the bay checkerspot butterfly, California tiger salamander, and California red-legged frog.
These purchases will secure linkages to protect habitat and help ameliorate the effects of climate change on endangered species by providing a range of environmental gradients.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Santa Clara County to set aside and care for open spaces and the wildlife which depend on them,” said Lofgren. “Smart federal investments like these in our local community helps ensure that generations to come will also appreciate the Bay Area’s natural wonder and beauty.”
"As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve been fighting to increase funding for the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund,” said Honda. “I’m pleased that these funds will be coming to Santa Clara County to support the work being done in our community to preserve species while facilitating economic development and job creation.”
In addition to providing regulatory protections that have successfully prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) also provides millions of dollars in funding each year for conservation efforts through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF). This year, threatened and endangered species in 20 states will benefit from $44.8 million in grants from the fund.
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