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US Fish & Wildlife Service FieldNotes
NEVADA FWO: Sharing Staff Resources Benefits Tribal Conservation
Region 8, July 14, 2009
William Cowan, Service employee and Director of Natural Resources for the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe. (photo: USFWS) 
William Cowan, Service employee and Director of Natural Resources for the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe. (photo: USFWS)  - Photo Credit: n/a

by Jeannie Stafford, Nevada FWO
In March 2007, the Service and the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe entered into an agreement which allows a Fish and Wildlife Service employee to serve as the Natural Resource Director for the Tribe. The appointment of William Cowan to that position benefits the Tribe, the Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Environmental Protection Agency in helping to ensure continuity of federal contract and grant services. It enhances governmental partnerships that fulfill the Service’s mission of working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.

As the director, William provides oversight of the fisheries, wildlife, range, and water management programs. He supervises a full time staff as well as seasonal employees. William, who is himself, a member of the Tribe, was successful in securing one of this year’s Tribal Wildlife Grants in the amount of $198,000 to be used for invasive weed eradication on the Reservation.

Contact Info: Jeannie Stafford, 775-861-6300, jeannie_stafford@fws.gov