Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants Program Awards Five Native American Tribes in California and Nevada for Conservation Work

May 23, 2013

May 22, 2013


Michael Woodbridge, 916-978-4445


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants Program Awards Five Native American Tribes in California and Nevada for Conservation Work

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced Tribal Wildlife Grants awards to Native American tribes in 14 states to fund a wide range of conservation projects. Five of the grants, totaling just under $900,000, were awarded to tribes in California and Nevada.

The five Tribal Wildlife Grants are:


  • The Hoopa Valley Tribe received $200,000 to investigate and quantify the impact of poisons associated with illegal marijuana growing on fishers and northern spotted owls. They will also remediate contaminated marijuana grow sites on the Reservation.


  • The Smith River Rancheria received $200,000 to develop a conservation plan for surf smelt to inform management, outreach to the fishing community and restore surf smelt spawning habitat.


  • The Round Valley Indian Tribes received $82,270 to restore a riparian corridor along 2.4 miles of Mill Creek, a tributary to the Eel River. The project involves planting approximately 15,000 trees.


  • The Wiyot Tribe received $200,000 for their Eel River and Humboldt Bay Pacific Lamprey Restoration Project and Management Plan. The plan includes a long-term monitoring strategy for Pacific Lamprey and an updated Limiting Factors Analysis for the lower Eel River basin.


  • The Summit Lake Paiute Tribe received $200,000 to conduct a population assessment of Lahontan cutthroat trout, a species endemic to the Summit Lake Basin. The assessment will contribute to recovery objectives and restoration approaches to cutthroat conservation in Summit Lake.

“The Service values our partnership with Native American tribes for wildlife conservation in California, Nevada and Oregon,” said Pacific Southwest Regional Director Ren Lohoefener. “Tribal Wildlife Grants are a valuable opportunity for us to honor our tribal trust obligation of assisting tribes in management of natural resources for the benefit of the tribes.”

More than $60 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for more than 360 conservation projects administered by participating federally recognized tribes. These grants provide technical and financial assistance for development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, including non-game species.  

The grants have enabled tribes to develop increased management capacity, improve and enhance relationships with partners (including state agencies), address cultural and environmental priorities and heighten tribal students’ interest in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study.  Some grants have been awarded to support recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.

The grants are provided exclusively to federally recognized Indian tribal governments and are made possible under the Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002 through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program. Proposals for the 2014 grant cycle are due September 3, 2013. 

For additional information about Native American conservation projects and the Tribal Wildlife Grants application process, visit

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