Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

May 25, 2011

 

Contacts: Kim Greenwood, 303.236.4575, kim_greenwood@fws.gov

                Leith Edgar, 303.236.4588, leith_edgar@fws.gov

                             

Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska Awarded Almost $200,000 for Wetland Communities, Baseline Flora

Conservation Projects; Part of More Than $7 Million Awarded to Tribes in U.S. 

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced more than $7 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants that will go to 37 Native American Tribes in 16 states to fund a wide range of conservation projects.

 

“Tribal lands provide important habitat for hundreds of species across the nation, and Tribal Wildlife Grants are a critical tool to help conserve them,” said Service Acting Director Rowan Gould. “These projects reflect our commitment to collaboration with Native American tribes and to our collective efforts to conserve fish, wildlife and plants for present and future generations.”

 

More than $54 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for 335 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes.  The grants provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat, 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 Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska applied for two grants totaling almost $200,000. This is the first time the tribe was selected for award of a Tribal Wildlife Grant.

 

Wetland Communities: The Winnebago Tribe will receive $108,413 to conduct a study of major wetland resources and identify baseline and ecological information for management of the water resources on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. The reservation is located in northeast Nebraska along the Missouri River. Once established, the wetland baseline - including status, function, quality and protection of the resources - will allow the tribe to more efficiently and effectively manage the reservation’s aquatic resources in the future. The baseline will provide a basis for a tribal wetland management plan. The plan’s purpose will be to manage the wetlands in a manner that maximizes habitat for the reservation’s resident wildlife, including amphibians, fish, insects and plants.

 

Baseline Flora Studies: The Winnebago Tribe will receive $91,489 to conduct a survey and assessment of botanical resources and identify baseline and ecological information for management of flora on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. A preliminary assessment of selected habitats will determine the current status of rare and sensitive plant species. Additionally, the assessment will also identify immediate and functional enhancement, and protection plans for remaining natural and disturbed habitats. The assessment will also assist in the future creation of a natural resource management plan for the tribe.

 

All of 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 Grant program. The Request for Proposals for the 2012 grant cycle will be open until September 2, 2011.  For more information and a TWG Application Kit, visit http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html.

 

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