As the conservation community faces immense challenges to make wildlife conservation relevant and important to a rapidly growing and changing society, we are privileged to have as partners Native American Tribes, who understand the value of their natural heritage.
With Tribes at our side, we have given many imperiled species a better chance in the modern world.
In the Southwest, I think about the efforts of the Pueblos with Rio Grande species like the silvery minnow and the Southwestern willow flycatcher.
Tribes have certainly been vital partners our ongoing work to recover the black-footed ferret. Six of the 20 ferret reintroduction sites are on Tribal lands. I could go on for ages
I had the good fortune to help our team release about 20 ferrets on Lower Brule Tribal lands in central South Dakota a few years ago. It was one of the highlights of my conservation career. I want to expand and magnify that feeling of accomplishment and success, strengthening our partnership wherever possible.