Northeast Region Native American Liaison D.J. Monette presents symbolic check to Aroostook Band of Micmacs Chief Victoria Higgins.
Winterville Plantation Property Acquisition by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in Maine
On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region, Native American Liaison D.J. Monette presented a symbolic check in the amount of $250,000 as partial funding for the Aroostook Band of Micmacs to purchase 1,200 acres of wildland in Winterville Plantation, Maine. The presentation took place at the Micmacs Tribal office in Presque Isle, Maine.
The Aroostook Band of Micmacs purchased the property to protect critical habitat for the Canada lynx, which is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act.
In addition to permanently protecting important Canada lynx habitat, the land acquisition will provide the Aroostook Band of Micmacs with land for forestry, hunting and fishing for the 1,000 members of the Tribe.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funds were provided to the Aroostook Band of Micmacs through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program. The Tribal Wildlife Grants program assists federally recognized Indian Tribes with the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted of fished.
For additional information, please contact Aroostook Band of Micmacs Environmental Director Fred Corey at (207) 764-7775, or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region, Native American Liaison D.J. Monette at (413) 253-8662.
Additional lynx information (PDF)
Published on: Thursday, June 3, 2010