The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3.6 million to help states account for climate change in their wildlife action plans over the next four years.
The grants will be used to help states update and implement their wildlife action plans, which were mandated by Congress in 2000 as part of an effort to ensure that each state develop a comprehensive strategy for conserving its wildlife. The grantees are Defenders of Wildlife ($1.2 million), the National Wildlife Federation ($1.2 million), the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies ($800,000), and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership ($399,690).
"The challenge that climate change poses to the natural places that people, plants, and animals need to survive is something that must be brought into our planning processes," said Mark Shaffer, director of DDCF's environment program. "The good news is that in every state, officials already have worked with scientists, conservationists, sportsmen, and other concerned citizens to develop what are known as wildlife action plans, so we can focus our efforts on updating these plans to account for climate change, and implementing these plans on an accelerated timeline, rather than starting from scratch."