Funding to be allocated to 125 projects across states, Tribes and territories
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today announced that 125 ecosystem restoration projects in over 20 states, Tribes and territories will receive nearly $68.4 million in fiscal year 2022 funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With a total of $1.4 billion for Department of the Interior investments in ecosystem restoration efforts over the next five years, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is building on proven projects, programs and partnerships that conserve our cherished wildlife and natural resources critical to supporting local economies, creating jobs and strengthening communities.
“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment that will allow us to restore healthy ecosystems across the country,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “This is an important step towards building a better America for people and wildlife, for generations to come.”
The funding announced today will invest in projects through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey.
Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Department of the Interior is working together with states, Tribes, territories and local communities to tackle the climate crisis, improve coastal and wildfire resilience, advance habitat restoration, and advance conservation. Several of the projects receiving funding through today’s announcement will boost local economies, advance environmental justice, and serve disadvantaged communities as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding announced today will:
Visit the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Supports Ecosystem Restoration page for a full list of projects to be funded.
Today’s announcement also includes $1.8 million available for grants to support measures that prevent the introduction or spread of invasive species. Proposals are due June 22, 2022. Additional details can be found online at grants.gov.
Enhancing ecosystems, wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity is an early focus of the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful initiative. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of the launch of a new $1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge that will leverage federal conservation and restoration investments with private and philanthropic contributions to accelerate locally led land, water and wildlife conservation efforts across the country. The United Nations also recently highlighted the importance of ecosystem restoration to address climate change and biodiversity declines in the Global Land Outlook 2nd Edition.