Pat Durham: 202/208-4133
On July 26, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a request for proposals for federally recognized tribes to submit proposals for projects to conserve fish and wildlife resources on tribal lands under the fiscal year (FY) 2008 Tribal Wildlife Grants program.
"Through this program, the Service is building important partnerships that empower tribal governments to conserve, protect and enhance the fish and wildlife resources," said Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall.
The Service began offering Tribal Wildlife Grants in 2003 through a competitive process. The Service anticipates that approximately $6 million (based on the FY 2007 funding level) will be available for grants to benefit fish, wildlife, and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished.
Although matching funds will be considered as an indicator of tribal commitment to a project, they are not required for these grants. The maximum award for any one project under this program is $200,000.
Native American tribes have a controlling interest in more than 52 million acres of tribal trust lands with an additional 40 million acres held by Alaska Native corporations. Much of this land is relatively undisturbed, providing a significant amount of rare and important fish and wildlife habitat.
Previously funded Tribal Wildlife Grant projects range from comprehensive surveys of plants, fish and wildlife, to habitat and fish restoration, to development of new resource management techniques. A comprehensive report on projects awarded between 2003 and 2006 is available at http://www.fws.gov/grants/NativeAmericanLiaison60807.pdf.
Proposals and grant applications for FY 2008 must be postmarked by Oct. 1, 2007. For more information and to obtain a copy of the grant application kit, please visit http://www.fws.gov/grants/tribal.html or contact Patrick Durham, Office of the Native American Liaison at (202) 208 4133.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.