February 25, 2006 - Posted at 12:41 p.m. CST
BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) _ The wilderness where the ivory-billed
woodpecker has been spotted is the focus of two-point-one million
dollars in President Bush's proposed budget.
Deputy Interior Secretary P- Lynn Scarlett announced the budget
proposal yesterday at a festival at Brinkley. The festival, which
concludes today, is the Call of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Scarlett says the budget proposal is in addition to a separate
800-thousand dollars in grants to help preserve habitat in east
Arkansas where the bird is believed to live.
The money will be devoted to programs designed to preserve the
habitat for the woodpecker, which was believed extinct until a
sighting announced last year.