US National Ramsar Committee announces Small Grants awards
New Ramsar Small Grants benefit wetlands nationwide
Seven U.S. Ramsar sites from Connecticut to California received small grants in the first round of the U.S. National Ramsar Committees Small Grants Program, financed by the Committee with matching funds from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Proposals concentrated on innovative education and outreach and included displays, kiosks, signs, field trips, films, pamphlets even a boater identification program. Not only do the grants assist in the management of Ramsar sites in the USA, the program also raises awareness among wetland managers throughout the country of the Ramsar Convention and its principles.
Averaging a little over US$1,500 each, the grants were awarded to:
- Northern Neck Planning District Commission, Warsaw, Va. (Chesapeake Bay Ramsar site): to develop an informational brochure and portable display to control invasive weeds.
- Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Baton Rouge (Catahoula Lake Ramsar site): two grants the first, to erect a wooden site identifying the Ramsar site; the second, to contribute to the production of a film about the site.
- Touch of Nature Environmental Center at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (Cache River Ramsar site): to provide experiential wetlands education for financially disadvantaged schools.
- Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, Hartford (Connecticut River Ramsar site): to print an educational pamphlet.
- Marin County Department of Parks, San Rafael, California (Bolinas Lagoon Ramsar site): to produce decals to identify kayakers using the lagoon.
- Great Bend (Kansas) Convention & Visitors Bureau (Cheyenne Bottoms Ramsar site): to promote the sites first Birding Festival (Wings n Wetlands Weekend) in April 2000.
- Aberdeen (South Dakota) Convention & Visitors Bureau (Sand Lake Ramsar site): to develop a kiosk exhibit.
For more information, contact Don MacLauchlan, president of the Committee, at email@example.com .
-- reported by Judy Taggart, Terrene Institute, on behalf of the US National Ramsar Committee