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: Ed Naranjo, 435.234.1138, ednaranjo@goshutetribe.com

    Kim Greenwood, 303.236.4575, kim_greenwood@fws.gov

                Leith Edgar, 303.236.4588, leith_edgar@fws.gov

 

Goshute Tribes in Utah Awarded Almost $200,000 for Wildlife Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Project, Paiute Tribe Awarded More Than $150,000 for Protective Fencing Project,

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.

 

This is the first time either the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indians (Goshute Tribes) or the Paiute Indian Tribe (Paiute Tribe) was selected for award of a Tribal Wildlife Grant.

 

Wildlife Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation: The Goshute Tribes will receive $167,269 to evaluate potential impacts to wildlife on its ancestral lands from climate change and the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s (SNWA) proposal to pump groundwater from the tribe’s region to greater Las Vegas. The Goshute Tribes’ reservation is located in the Deep Creek Mountains along the border of Utah and Nevada. As part of the project, groundwater extraction vulnerability assessments will utilize existing climate change assessments recently conducted by the state of Nevada. Round River Conservation Studies - a nongovernmental organization focused on education and science, and based in Utah - along with others are partnering with the Goshute Tribes on the project.

 

Protective Fencing: The Paiute Tribe will receive $192,927 to implement a wildlife improvement project on 2,468 acres of reservation land in Utah Division of Wildlife’s Panguich Lake Deer Management Unit in Iron County. The project will improve wildlife protection facilities and grazing capacity by upgrading the fencing along three-and-one-half acres of the reservation’s boundary. The improved fencing is intended to reduce wildlife-automobile impact accidents. Through the use of best management practices, the Paiute Tribe will also improve habitat for wildlife, especially deer, elk, turkeys and grouse, as part of the project.

 

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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