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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
Funding Announcement for 2014 Tribal Wildlife Grants
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 with a postmark of no later than 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 addresses listed below.
***All proposals should align with the Mountain-Prairie Regional Priorities (PDF 6.4 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
Funding Awards for 2013 Tribal Wildlife Grants
Tribes awarded grants in the Mountain-Pairie Region are:
Standing Rock ($191,286) Small Mammal Diversity and Abundance
Cheyenne River Sioux ($200,000) Black-footed Ferret Recovery Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced Tribal Wildlife Grants awards to Native American tribes in 14 states to fund a wide range of conservation projects. "The mindful stewardship of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats is a value that tribal nations share with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," said Service Director Dan Ashe. "Tribal Wildlife Grants create opportunities for us to work together in a variety of ways, including species restoration, fish passage, protection of migratory birds, and coping with long-term effects of a changing climate."
More than $60 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for more than 360 conservation projects administered by participating federally recognized tribes. These grants provide technical and financial assistance for development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, 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. Learn More
Indigenous Stewardship Methods
This guidebook seeks to help field planners learn technology from indigenous people which could improve or expand existing NRCS conservation practices or create new ones. It provides a sensitive process in which knowledge is shared, allowing employees to incorporate the indigenous knowledge into NRCS' assistance through its conservation practices. The indigenous perspective of living in harmony with the earth and the agency perspective of scientific and experiential learning are portrayed in the words of the guidebook.
Part I â€“ Indigenous Stewardship Methods (ISM), explains the purpose and methodology of creating this guidance and describes key concepts and items of consideration for how to work with, and learn from, Tribes and indigenous peoples.
Part II â€“ NRCS Conservation Practices, guides the field employee through finding the relevant NRCS policies and procedures to incorporate ISMs into NRCS' conservation assistance. We have knowledge to share with each other, and through strong relationships, we can share it positively and constructively. By honoring and respecting each others' perspectives and finding our commonality â€“ caring for the natural resources â€“ we can help each other help the land.
This guide will help both employee working with Tribes as well as our Tribal partners to make the list of conservation practices stronger, more comprehensive, and more culturally relevant to Tribes across the United States. Learn More
Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An Important Facet of Natural Resources Conservation
These publications highlight the traditional ecological knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds of years through direct experience and contact with the environment.
Technical Note No. 1 - Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An Important Facet of Natural Resources Conservation (PDF; 1.5 MB) - This publication, the first in a series, highlights the traditional ecological knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds of years through direct experience and contact with the environment.
Technical Note No. 2 -Indigenous Uses, Management, and Restoration of Oaks of the Far Western United States, (PDF; 2.7 MB) - The memories of Native American elders, the diaries of early Spanish explorers, old anthropological accounts, and archeological research all provide evidence that native peoples were actually accomplished managers of their oak environments who actively manipulated plants, populations, and habitats to increase yields, sustain production, and improve the quality of natural raw materials.
The Ozette Prairies of Olympic National Park: Their Former Indigenous Uses and Management (PDF; 3.1 MB) - This report begins by outlining the setting: the unique and valuable natural features and biodiversity of the Scientific names are from the USDA PLANTS Database. It then turns to the indigenous people of the area, describing what is known about how they used the wetlands and how they managed the wetlands with fire.
Funding for Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is now soliciting the submission of grant proposals from eligible States and Indian tribes for the Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program through the Grants.gov web portal. The full text of the program announcement may be accessed by searching the Grants.gov web portal for CFDA # 15.666 or Funding Opportunity Number F13AS00187.
Grant awards from this program will support States and Tribal governments that assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves or to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves. Grant awards will be made in accordance with the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11) (Act) The Act requires that the funding for the program be expended equally (50:50) between proactive and compensatory projects, and that the federal cost-share is not to exceed 50 percent of the project cost. The Service will award approximately $850,000 divided equally among the two project types.
Grant proposals will be due to our Regional Offices by July 8, and The Service anticipates announcing the grant awards in early August 2013. Learn more.
For questions contact: Debra Bills, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Grant Program Coordinator at 602-242-0210 or 602-377-4831.
National Eagle Repository Proposal to Change Eagle and Eagle Feather Distribution Processes
In 2012, the Service notified all Federally Recognized Tribes of our intent to change the National Eagle Repository's distribution processes to better meet the religious needs of members of federally recognized Tribes. We encouraged participation in this process, and conducted five in-person consultation meetings around the United States, along with telephone consultations and acceptance of written comments from Tribes. We used information derived from those forums to guide our decisions about the proposed Repository changes which are viewable at: http://go.usa.gov/TQcw. Officially designated Representatives of federally recognized Tribes that have concerns, or support, for the proposed changes are encourage to provide written comments by July 31, 2013 to:
Repository Supervisor Bernadette Atencio
National Eagle Repository
6550 Gateway Road, RMA- BLDG 128
Commerce City, CO 80022
Mountain-Prairie Region Welcomes New Tribal Communication Specialist
This past fall, Ivy Allen came to work for the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service as a communications specialist. She has been working on communication for the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and just accepted a new permanent position as the communications specialist for tribal needs, the Tribal Wildlife Grant program and Government-to-Government consultation. She is located in Lakewood, Colorado at the Mountain-Prairie Regional office. Ivy has worked in conservation communications since 2008 in the states of Montana and New York. She now covers communications related to the Fish and Wildlife Service for the tribes located in Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, and Kansas. Ivy grew up in the state of Missouri but has a passion for the Rocky Mountains, the Plains all the critters which inhabit them. She is excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to working with you all. Please feel free to contact her anytime at (303) 236-4575 or Ivy_Allen@fws.gov.
New Tribal Consultation Guide for FWS Employees
This Tribal Consultation Guide has been prepared as a tool for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) employees to effectively communicate on a government-to-government basis with federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native governments (herein referred to as tribal governments or Tribes). Portions of this guide include information about our responsibilities to Native Hawaiian Organizations. View the new guide.
The guide is intended to be flexible and dynamic to adapt to the changing partnerships between the Service and tribal governments. The working relationship between the Service and tribal governments is constantly evolving due to changes in Federal and tribal administrations, personnel and priorities. Thus, it is imperative that we develop the capacity to adapt to each situation according to the trust doctrine and the consultation requirements that result from this unique relationship with Tribes. The Serviceâ€™s relationship with tribal governments is guided primarily by reserved rights doctrines, Executive Orders, judicial mandates, and specific treaties between the Federal Government and tribal governments.
May 2013 News and Updates
The Fish and Wildlife Service is currently working with States and other conservation partners to develop technical guidance for identifying and selecting surrogate species in defined landscapes. The guidance discusses the advantages, applications, and limitations of this conservation planning technique. It also provides direction for setting biological objectives and discusses the importance of establishing new and refining existing collaborations within the conservation community to meet the conservation needs of the nation's fish, wildlife and plants. Used consistently, the guidance is intended to improve how the FWS defines biological objectives and targets conservation efforts using the Strategic Habitat Conservation framework, resulting in more cost-effective management decisions and conservation investments.
During the past several months, hundreds of FWS employees and partners provided input on the draft guidance by participating in regional workshops or submitting comments on-line or through email. The deadline for comments closed March 29, 2013. A team of FWS employees representing different programs and geographic regions have been meeting weekly since December 2012 to evaluate comments received on the draft guidance. The review team plans to begin revising the guidance document and incorporating comments by mid-May. The team is also building a bibliography of sources to be considered when drafting the next version of the guidance. A final draft of the guidance is expected to be submitted for peer review in June with the peer review process expected to take about six weeks.
Feral Swine Management Environmental Impact Statement by USDA, APHIS
I just wanted to inform you of a major project USDA, APHIS is undertaking that could have impact on your tribe. USDA, APHIS is starting a national programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess alternatives for reducing damage and risk to human health and safety from feral swine.
Please see the letter that was sent to all tribal leaders last week If you have any questions relating to the EIS or the Tribal Call please contact Dr. Dale Nolte at 970-266-6049.
I would encourage you to participation in the Tribal Call on May 16, 2013 if you have feral swine on your tribal lands. Thanks and let me know if you have any questions Terry W. Clark, DVM National Tribal Liaison USDA, APHIS 301-440-4388.
Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance
Assists Efforts to Preserve Eagle Populations While Facilitating Wind Energy Development
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance to provide a pathway for the responsible development of wind energy that fosters protection for bald and golden eagles. This new Guidance helps wind energy facilities assess the potential threat to eagles from their operations, and develop comprehensive avoidance, mitigation, and compensation strategies that will help preserve eagle populations across the nation while facilitating the expansion of renewable energy. The Guidance reflects the Service's approach of supporting renewable energy development that is compatible with fish and wildlife conservation. The Guidance also provides Service staff and others with background information and tools necessary to evaluate such applications and determine whether a permit can be issued. For more information view the Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance.
Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative Offers Funding for Applied Science Grants: Submit Your Proposals!
The Bureau of Reclamation is funding applied science grants in support of the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number R13AS80010. Applications are due by 4 p.m. MDT, June 11, 2013.
Funding for each project is limited to $150,000 and requesting entity must provide at least a 50-percent non-Federal cost-share. Entities eligible to receive funding include: states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, universities, nonprofit research institutions, organizations with water or power delivery authority and nonprofit organizations. Federal agencies may compete for funding separately through the Request for Statements of Interest (SOI). A 50 percent cost-share contribution is required. Learn More
Rising Voices of Indigenous People in Weather and Climate Science Workshop
The challenges of understanding and responding to a changing climate and extreme weather necessitate broad engagement with diverse communities. As climate science has matured, it has moved toward a more inclusive dialogue where scientists and policy makers work together with seasoned indigenous communities to define and carry out research programs that advance science and address community priorities. NCAR is hosting a workshop on the growing engagement of Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Island communities in climate and weather science, research, policy, and community response conversations. The workshop will address the question: What are the elements of successful co-production of science and policy in the fields of extreme weather and climate change?
The workshop will be conducted in collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group (formerly the American Indian/Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group) and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Participants will be actively involved in cross-cultural scientific engagement with Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Island communities and will be from academic institutions, including tribal colleges and universities, as well as government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Travel support is available for a limited number of participants.
WORKSHOP DATES: July 1-2, 2013
WORKSHOP VENUE: Foothills Laboratory 1, EOL Atrium, Boulder, CO 80307
â€¢ APPLICATION PROCESS: Application due May 24, 2013. If you are interested in participating in the Rising Voices workshop, please send the following information to Kris Marwitz (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 303-497-8198) by May 24, 2013: o Name, affiliation, email address, and phone number o A paragraph explaining how you have been and are involved in work related to weather or climate issues that engages indigenous communities within the United States.
Tribal Climate Change Newsletter
Welcome to the April issue of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribal Climate Change Newsletter. This monthly newsletter provides news items, resources, announcements about funding opportunities, conferences, and training, and other information relevant to tribal climate change issues. View it as a PDF for the latest updates.