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114 STAT. 2762A-122 PUBLIC LAW 106-553—APPENDIX B "(ii) two-thirds of which is based on the ratio to which the population of such State bears to the total population of all such States. "(B) The amounts apportioned under this paragraph shall be adjusted equitably so that no such State shall be apportioned a sum which is less than one percent of the amount available for apportionment under this paragraph for any fiscal year or more than five percent of such amount. "(3) Of the amounts transferred to the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Account, not to exceed 3 percent shall be available for any Federal expenses incurred in the administration and execution of programs carried out with such amounts. "(d) WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION PROGRAMS.— "(1) Any State, through its fish and wildlife department, may apply to the Secretary of the Interior for approval of a wildlife conservation and restoration program, or for funds from the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Account, to develop a program. To apply, a State shall submit a comprehensive plan that includes— "(A) provisions vesting in the fish and wildlife department of the State overall responsibility and accountability for the program; "(B) provisions for the development and implementation of— "(i) wildlife conservation projects that expand and support existing wildlife programs, giving appropriate consideration to all wildlife; "(ii) wildlife-associated recreation projects; and "(iii) wildlife conservation education projects pursuant to programs under section 8(a); and "(C) provisions to ensure public participation in the development, revision, and implementation of projects and programs required under this paragraph. "(D) WILDLIFE CONSERVATION STRATEGY.— Within five years of the date of the initial apportionment, develop and begin implementation of a wildlife conservation strategy based upon the best available and appropriate scientific information and data that— "(i) uses such information on the distribution and abundance of species of wildlife, including low population and declining species as the State fish and wildlife department deems appropriate, that are indicative of the diversity and health of wildlife of the State; "(ii) identifies the extent and condition of wildlife habitats and community types essential to conservation of species identified under paragraph (1); "(iii) identifies the problems which may adversely affect the species identified under paragraph (1) or their habitats, and provides for priority research and surveys to identify factors which may assist in restoration and more effective conservation of such species and their habitats; "(iv) determines those actions which should be taken to conserve the species identified under paragraph (1) and their habitats and establishes priorities for implementing such conservation actions;