Pacific Region Tribes to Receive More than $400 Thousand To Protect Species and Restore Habitat
Jane Chorazy, (503) 231-2251
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced more than $4 million in grants will go to fund 23 Native American projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. Of those funds, $435,113 will be awarded to tribes in Oregon and Washington.
“Tribal Wildlife Grants are much more than a fiscal resource for tribes,” Ashe said. “The projects and partnerships supported by this program have enhanced our commitment to Native Americans and to the United States’ shared wildlife resources.”
Since 2003, this program has provided more than $60 million to Native American tribes for more than 360 conservation projects administered by federally recognized tribes. These grants provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of projects (including non-game species) that benefit fish, wildlife, cultural and natural resources.
“The Tribal Wildlife Grants program has helped the Service collaborate more effectively with Pacific Region tribes to conserve and restore the vast diversity of fish and wildlife habitats they manage,” said Pacific Regional Director Robyn Thorson.
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 interest of tribal students in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study. Some grants have been awarded to enhance recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.
The grants are provided exclusively to federally recognized tribal governments and are made possible under the Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002 through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grant program.
During the current grant cycle, tribes submitted more than a hundred proposals that were scored by panels in each Fish and Wildlife Service region using uniform ranking criteria. A national scoring panel recommended 23 proposals for funding.
Grants awarded in the Pacific Region are:
Burns Paiute Tribe Awarded $52,351
Baseline Data Collection and Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Removal of Nonnative Brook Trout to Benefit ESA-listed Bull Trout - The Burns Paiute Tribe will conduct baseline data collection (micro-invertebrate, amphibian, hydrological) on a high elevation wilderness lake, prior to removing nonnative and biologically harmful brook trout. The lake, in the Malheur River Basin, acts as a seed source for nonnative brook trout that threatens bull trout spawning and designated Critical Habitat downstream. Tribe is making efforts to prevent the decline of one of the last remaining native salmonids in the homeland of the Wadatika, the ancestors of the Burns Paiute Tribe.
Colville Confederated Tribes Awarded $187,000
Gray Wolf Management Plan Development Project - The Colville Tribes Gray Wolf Project will monitor the distribution and abundance of gray wolves within the North Half and South Half Colville Reservation. Home range analysis, den and rendezvous site locations, as well as dispersal patterns will be obtained through capture efforts and deployment of GPS and VHF collars on alpha and subordinate pack members. Data gathered will contribute to the understanding of local factors affecting the behavioral ecology of gray wolves, prey species, and livestock interactions and help to guide the final development of the Colville Tribes Gray Wolf Management Plan.
Cowlitz Indian Tribe Awarded $195,762
Monitoring and Assessment of New Sub-populations of Columbia White-tailed Deer
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe proposes to monitor subpopulations of federally-endangered Columbian white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus leucurus) on Cottonwood Island, Deer Island, Oregon and Ridgefield, Washington. Collecting information about mortality type and dispersal of individuals is extremely important for future management of CWTD. Data will answer questions about habitat preferences, expected dispersal distances, predator impacts, road infrastructure concerns, and appropriate animal capture and handling techniques.
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 2014 grant cycle will be open until September 3, 2013. For more information and a TWG Application Kit, visit http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html.
For a complete list of funded projects for the 2013 Tribal Wildlife Grant, see our web site at: http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/
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