Federal money for ivory-bill efforts
Deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior Lynn Scarlett will visit Brinkley, Ark., on this Friday during The Call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Celebration. At a 1 p.m. event, she will announce President Bush's request for more than $2.1 million for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker recovery effort in the 2007 federal budget.
Scarlett also will announce $800,000 in private stewardship grants to The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas, Audubon Arkansas and Mississippi River Trust for four projects on private land that are designed to improve habitat for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
"Elusive Ivory" painting courtesy of Larry Chandler