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Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Receives Grant for Collaborating to Sustain the Planet

Release Date: 02/25/2008
Contact Information: Paula Ballentine, (617) 918-1027

(Boston, Mass. - Feb. 25, 2008) - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, of Bangor Maine is one of ten recipients of the Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) research grant nationwide.

Researchers there will use the $250,000 grant to create maps showing land development in 2004, and expected land development from 2004 to 2008 in Maine, resulting in a Beginning with Habitat information package that will be distributed to local planners and land trusts.

“These two "snapshot" maps will be incorporated into the Beginning with Habitat information package to allow municipal planners and land trusts to see changes in development patterns across the landscapes they manage, providing another tool to guide smart growth,” said Donald Katnik, Habitat Group Leader of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The CNS grants support the application of science and engineering to decision-making in pursuit of sustainability. Sustainability is the ability to achieve continuing economic prosperity while protecting the natural systems of the planet and providing a high quality of life for all people.

EPA relies on quality science as the basis for sound policy and decision-making. EPA’s laboratories and research centers, and EPA's research grantees, are building the scientific foundation needed to support the Agency’s mission to safeguard human health and the environment. The Agency gave out a total of about $3 million in grant awards to help cities, states, and regions move towards a sustainable future.

More information on these grants: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/2007cns
More information on the CNS program: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/cns

Additional information about EPA’s sustainability research program: http://www.epa.gov/sustainability

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