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KOYUKUK/NOWITNA: Cultural and Environmental Education Center to be established in Galena, AK
Alaska Region, August 2, 2004
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The Yukon River community of Galena will gain a Cultural and Environmental Education Center thanks in part to a USFWS Challenge Cost Share grant. Koyukuk/Nowitna NWR has established a partnership with Galena's Louden Tribal Council, the University of Alaska's College of Rural Alaska, and the City of Galena. In a Memorandum of Agreement signed by Regional Director Rowan Gould, the Service will contract with the City of Galena for $30,000 to aid in the relocation and renovation its former City Hall building. The City is contributing the building and a city lot, an in-kind contribution valued at over $150,000. The Service and Tribe are each contributing $30,000. The University of Alaska will contribute $15,000 per year for utilities and maintenance. The partners believe that the intersection of their varied missions forms a natural mix that can be housed in one building that is convenient to the public. None of the partners had sufficient resources to perform the project alone and the Service's Challenge Cost Share program facilitated the leveraging of funds to move the project forward. The building, once renovated, will provide an ideal location near the community school, which will enhance the Refuges? Environmental Education Activities and provide a home for interpretive displays. In a Challenge grant a decade ago, the Service helped the school establish a nature trail, which starts near the Center. The Tribe will use the Center for cultural displays and artifacts, and for traditional handicrafts education. The University will provide rural higher education opportunities and will establish a public computer lab in the Center. For further information contact: Refuge Manager Mike Spindler (mike_spindler.fws.gov).

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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