Missouri gets grant to protect endangered species

Monday, August 29, 2011 | 8:10 a.m. CDT; updated 10:15 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 29, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri is getting a federal grant that will help it acquire land to protect several endangered and threatened species.

The Fish and Wildlife Service said it's providing more than $500,000 to the Missouri Department of Conservation to buy an 895-acre easement on land in Lawrence County. It said the intent is to protect a habitat important to the endangered gray bat, the threatened Ozark cavefish and the Missouri bladderpod, which is a threatened plant.

Missouri was one of 17 states that shared more than $53 million of competitive grants announced over the past week by the federal agency.


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