FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2010
For more information contact:
Tim Patronski, Native American Liaison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 612-713-5108
More Than $683,000 in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Grants Awarded to Tribes in the Midwest Region
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region recently announced funding for four Tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects totaling $683,927 through the Service’s Fiscal Year 2010 Tribal Wildlife Grant Program. The following Tribes received funding this year: the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin; the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan.
Tribal Wildlife Grants provide assistance to Tribes for development and implementation of programs that benefits fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities funded through the program may include: planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related research, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat protection, and public education that is relevant to the project.
Since 2003, 66 projects totaling over $8.6 million have been funded in the Service’s Midwest Region through the Tribal Wildlife Grant Program and the Tribal Landowner Incentive Program. These projects have made a big difference on the ground and have helped build capacity for Tribal management of culturally important fish and wildlife species.
The following projects were funded this year:
· Walleye Assessment to Safeguard Fishery on White Sand and Little Sand Lakes - Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians ($83,954). Walleye is a culturally significant fish of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians as it provides Tribal members with subsistence and sport fishing opportunities. The purpose of this one year project is to conduct a comprehensive walleye population survey on White Sand and Little Sand Lakes in order to evaluate the existing 15 year old harvest regulations and determine whether the new regulations are needed.
· Development of a Native Species Restoration Plan for the 1836 Treaty Area: Arctic Grayling and Elk Re-establishment - Little River Band of Ottawa Indians ($200,000). This three year project will develop a comprehensive native species restoration plan for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Reservation and the Big Manistee River watershed focused on Arctic grayling and elk. The project will increase the Band’s capacity to restore these culturally important species, previously extirpated from Michigan.
· Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Department 2010 Tribal Wildlife Grant (Walleye Assessment and Model) - Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians ($199,973). This two year project will gather information to calculate population estimates of adult walleye and classify walleye lakes based on recruitment type to further develop the walleye population model currently used in Michigan’s inland lakes. The refined model will be used to predict adult walleye abundance in order to effectively manage walleye resources in the 1836 Treaty Area of Michigan.
· The Boardman River Restoration Project: Tribal Fishery Enhancement of Seven Generations - Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians ($200,000). This project will support the second phase of the Boardman River restoration effort in Michigan. This restoration project, one of the largest dam removal and fish passage restoration projects in the Great Lakes basin, will have a significant and lasting impact on the fish and wildlife resources that are of great importance to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and other partners within the Boardman River watershed.
The Service received 137 proposals requesting more than $21,000,000 in project funding this year. The proposals were reviewed by regional and national scoring panels and 42 projects totaling $7,112,852 were funded. The national news release and more information on the projects funded are available at:
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