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Section 6 Endangered Species Grants

Learn how your land trust can benefit from and support the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund


The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and provides funding for state agencies to implement two distinct land acquisition programs: HCP Land Acquisition Grants and Recovery Land Acquisition Grants.

A growing number of land trusts have developed partnerships with state and federal agencies to access these funds. We're currently building out content to share these success stories. If you've been able to access these programs, please send your story to srobertson@lta.org.

Demystifying Section 6

Can you imagine a single federal grant paying for a $6 million acquisition to be held in perpetuity by your land trust? While the Cooperative Endangered Species Fund’s Section 6 grants can be difficult to navigate, they have the potential to support your work on an uncommonly large scale.

Cherie Kearney of Columbia Land Trust proactively approached her local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources to cooperatively develop a Section 6 grant acquiring 2,330 acres of critical habitat along nine miles of Pine Creek. Preserving this cold-water mountain stream will greatly aid the recovery of the bull trout and other threatened species. Along with Forest Legacy easements on adjacent working forests, Columbia is well on its way to its goal of conserving 20,000 acres on the flanks of Mount St. Helens. Read more »

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July 17: The House just voted 277-130 to pass the charities package! 56 Democrats joined their Republican colleagues to support charitable giving incentives, including the enhanced easement incentive - the second-highest number of defections after the research and development tax credit. Several others spoke on the floor in support of the conservation easement incentive, and other favorable charitable incentives. Thank you to organizations like Ducks Unlimited, CSF and others that reached out to Congressional offices over the last few days or alerted their membership of this important vote. Now, we pivot to the Senate.
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