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Service Calls for Funding Proposals from Tribes Under Two New Grant Programs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 28, 2003

Contact:
Jim Brown, (404) 679-7125
Patrick Durham, 202-208-4133

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in today’s Federal Register that it is requesting proposals from federally recognized tribes under the Bush Administration’s innovative Tribal Landowner Incentive Program (TLIP) and its Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG). The deadline for submitting proposals is September 11, 2003.

"Tribal cooperation has been a key element in restoring wildlife like the black-footed ferret to their original habitat," said Steve Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "Through these two grant programs, the Service will be able to build better bridges to America’s tribes so that we can both be more effective in meeting our conservation goals.”

In fiscal year 2003, TLIP has nearly $4 million available in a competitive grant program for federally recognized Indian tribes to address protection, restoration, and management of habitat to benefit species at-risk, including federally listed endangered or threatened species, as well as proposed or candidate species. At least 25 percent of the costs associated with each project funded under this program must be covered by non-Federal funds. The maximum award under this program is $200,000.

TWG, in fiscal year 2003, has nearly $10 million available for grants that will benefit wildlife and its 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 Service will distribute these grants to federally recognized Tribes through a competitive process. The maximum award under this program is $250,000. For grant application kits, please visit http://grants.fws.gov/tribal.html or contact Jim Brown Southeast Native American Liaison (404) 679-7125 Patrick Durham, Office of the Native American Liaison (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 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 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 Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.




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