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YUKON DELTA: Refuge Joins Local Villages in Coastal Plan
Alaska Region, June 28, 2005
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The Chevak Tradional council will work with Yukon Delta Refuge to develop a conservation partnership involving four other villages in the region to enable Native people to continue their conservation legacy. The habitats of the sprawling Yukon Delta are the subsistence lands of the Cup'ik and Yup'ik people, held in a variety of ownerships and subject to differing uses, regulations, and management policies. This project will compile resource information on wildlife, local and traditional knowledge, areas important for subsistence activities, cultural heritage, and land uses of the region. This information will help partners, including the Refuge, develop region-wide conservation strategies by working with five villages (Chevak, Paimiut, Newtok, Scammon Bay, and Hooper Bay) to create a collaborative Coastal Land Conservation and Protection Plan.

"This region of the Delta has some of the most important nesting habitat for migratory birds in North America," said Refuge Manager Mike Rearden. "The people of these villages depend on the wildlife. Working together, we can protect wildlife on a landscape scale. It only makes sense to work with them."

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