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This web page is provided as a service to Tribes. Information is compiled from many sources. The information and opinions from sources other than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expressed herein are not necessarily those of the Service. For additions or corrections to tribal "Tracks" news: contact Ivy Allen, Phone: 303-236-4575, Email: Ivy_Allen@fws.gov.
September 3 Deadline Approaching for 2014 Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG)
The request for proposals for the FY 2014 TWG grant cycle opened May 1, 2013 and will close September 3, 2013. Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate Regional Office, postmarked by September 3, 2013. Tribes with a headquarters office located in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota should submit applications to the address listed below
. ***All proposals should align with the Mountain-Prairie Regional Priorities (PDF 1 MB). View the Application Kit which includes information and guidance for preparing and submitting a project proposal.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liaison
134 Union Blvd., Suite 400
Lakewood, CO 80228
Summer 2013: Mountain-Prairie Regional Newsletter
Welcome to the second edition of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Peaks to Prairies: Mountain-Prairie Regional Newsletter!
FOCUS: ENDANGERED SPECIES This issue of our regional newsletter highlights some of our partnerships that deal with threatened, endangered, or otherwise imperiled species – because this year we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Signed into law in 1973, the ESA was the first environmental law to put emphasis on protecting imperiled species and recognizes the principle that all of us on the planet are interconnected.
Click here or on the photo to read more about the work being done in the Mountain-Prairie Region, highlighted in the second issue of Peaks to Prairies.
Together The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conducted Training for Tribal Fish and Game Officers in North Dakota
Tribal officer training was held in New Town, North Dakota on July 8 through 12, 2013. This event was supported by the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS; who offered it nationally), and was hosted by the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation) in the Great Plains Region. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife's (FWS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) provided 10 instructors to conduct in-service training and Advanced Use of Force Training for Tribal officers.
Thirty-four Tribal conservation officers attended the 40-hour course of instruction and represented Tribes from the states of Utah, Arizona, North and South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The FWS Region 6 OLE coordinated this event and provided the majority of instructors. Additionally, the Branch of Training, agents from Regions 1 and 5, Refuge Officers from Regions 3 and 6, and a National Park Service Ranger also provided instruction.
Courses included Federal wildlife protection laws within Indian Country, authority and jurisdiction, search and seizure, raptor identification, crime scene analysis, defensive tactics, firearms re-qualification, officer safety/use of force scenarios and drills, ethics, and National Eagle Repository information. Speakers included a United States Attorney and an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota, the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Chairman, the NAFWS Great Plains Regional Director, and the Director of the Three Affiliated Tribes. The participants agreed the event was a success and should be continued annually.
Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change
June 25, 2013 - In partnership with State and Tribal agencies, the Obama Administration released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them.
The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a unified approach - reflecting shared principles and science-based practices - for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on the environment. You can view the Strategy by clicking the link: National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy
Desert Fish Habitat Partnership 2014 Request For Proposals - Deadline Reminder
Just a reminder that the submission deadline for the 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Desert Fish Habitat Partnership (DFHP) is September 1, 2013. Please send your proposals to DFHP Coordinator Kayla Barrett. Further proposal questions can be addressed by your DFHP Regional Representative.
To view the RFP click here.
Desert Fish Habitat Partnership Coordinator - Kayla Barrett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (928) 338-4288, email@example.com
Lower Colorado River including Rio Yaqui, Rio de la Conception, and Rio Sonoyta
Jeremy Voeltz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (928) 338-4288, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upper Colorado River
Krissy Wilson, Utah Division Wildlife Resources, (801) 538-4756, email@example.com
Basin and Range
Jon Sjoberg, Nevada Department of Wildlife, (775) 688-1530, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rio Grande including Pecos River and Tularosa Basin
Megan Bean, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, (830) 866-3356 x216, email@example.com
Arizona-Utah Plant Receives Endangered Species Act Protection
August 13, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the Gierisch mallow (Sphaeralcea gierischii) will be protected as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has identified areas important to the species' recovery. The Service published its final rule in the Federal Register. Gierisch mallow, found primarily on federal land in Utah and Arizona, is a perennial, orange-flowered desert plant that grows up to 3.4 feet tall. Eighteen known populations of the plant – 17 on Bureau of Land Management and one on Arizona State Land Department administered land – are found in northern Mohave County, Arizona and southern Washington County, Utah. Primary threats to the mallow include gypsum mining, unauthorized off-road vehicle use and other recreational activities. In areas under federal jurisdiction, the ESA prohibits malicious damage or destruction of threatened or endangered plants. Photo credit: BLM, Lee Huges.
USFWS Proposing to Revise Canada Lynx Critical Habitat
As part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' ongoing commitment to Government-to Government relations with Native American Tribal Governments, we are reaffirming our intention to work cooperatively with affected Tribes. As such we are seeking your input on a proposal to revise the designation of critical habitat for the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis). We also propose to revise the boundary of the Distinct Population Segment and extend protections of the Endangered Species Act to lynx wherever they occur in the contiguous United States.
We are specifically seeking information on any survey data or occurrence information you have for Canada lynx and whether you anticipate needing to re-initiate any consultations if lynx critical habitat is revised.
For more information about lynx conservation, copies of the proposals, and details on public meetings and hearings, visit the Service's Canada Lynx website. Photo credit: USFWS, Stephen Torbit, Canada Lynx.
USFWS Proposes to list Graham's and White River beardtongues as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act
August 5, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input on a proposal to protect the Graham's beardtongue (Penstemon grahamii) and White River beardtongue (Penstemon scariosus var. albifluvis) as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We also propose to designate critical habitat for these two beardtongues. Both species are endemic to oil shale soils, and are at risk of loss due to energy development.
The Service will open a 60-day public comment period, on August 6, 2013, to allow the public to review and comment on the proposal as well as provide additional information. The comment period for both rules closes on October 7, 2013. All relevant information received from the public, tribes, government agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties will be considered and addressed in the agency's final listing determination for the species and identification of habitat essential to its conservation.
Read more information on both the Graham's beardtongue and the white River beardtongue or view the full news release.
Service Announces a Six-Month Extension for the Endangered Species Listing Determination and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Gunnison Sage-Grouse
July 15, 2013 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a six-month extension for a final decision on a proposed rule to provide Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus), and a proposed rule that would designate areas of southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah as critical habitat for the grouse under the ESA. Photo Credit: Audubon.
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Tiny Catfish Hangs On
June 18, 2013 - At just three inches long, the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus) is hard to find. Today, these small catfish are extremely scarce — just four populations remain in the wild. Now living primarily in southeastern Kansas in the Neosho River, the species continues to face many of the same challenges today as it did over 20 years ago, when it was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The good news is that the fish is still with us," says Vernon Tabor, a fish and wildlife biologist in the Fish and Wildlife Service's Kansas Field Office. "The bad news is that little on-the-ground progress has been made to recover the historic population." Tabor, the madtom recovery team coordinator, has worked to conserve the madtom for years.
These night feeding bottom-dwellers were once common throughout much of the Neosho River basin, living in various rivers and streams. While juveniles inhabit slower-moving water, adults prefer shallow water with swift currents, where they can wriggle into the gravel during the day. In-stream gravel mining practices once posed a severe threat to the Neosho madtom, and the reduction of this activity largely accounts for the stabilization of populations since it was listed in 1990. Photo credit: USFWS, The Neosho madtom.
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