Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
$1.26 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Native American Tribes in California and Nevada for Wildlife Conservation Work

April 22, 2009


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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced April 20 that eight Native American tribes in California and Nevada will receive $1.26 million in competitive federal grants to undertake a wide variety of conservation projects. Funding is provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grants program (TWG), which helps tribes defray the cost of implementing programs on their lands benefiting fish, wildlife, and their habitat.

"These projects provide an opportunity for the Fish and Wildlife Service to more effectively collaborate with our tribal partners in conserving the diversity of fish and wildlife habitat they manage" said Ren Lohoefener, Pacific Southwest Regional Director. "The array of excellent projects from which we had the opportunity to select was impressive and highlights these tribes strong conservation goals".

Since its inception in 2003, the competitive Tribal Wildlife Grants program has awarded a total of nearly $50 million to federally recognized Indian Tribes, enabling them to enhance their ability to manage, monitor, and conserve important fish and wildlife resources. Species benefiting from these grants include those of Native American cultural significance, as well as many species not hunted or fished.

This year’s funded projects cover a wide variety of wildlife conservation activities, from restoring wetlands and other habitat, to conducting traditional wildlife surveys, and from invasive weed management to fishery studies.

The Service received a total of 101 proposals and selected 41 with the highest scores in a uniform ranking process. The maximum award was $200,000.

A by-state breakdown of the successful projects and associated tribes follows. Additional information, including a more comprehensive description of the individual projects, is available on the web at .FY 2009 Listing of Pacific Southwest Region Tribal Wildlife Grant Recipients:

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians: $176,071
This project will improve spawning and rearing habitat for salmon and steelhead trout by providing shelter, establishing rearing pools, curtailing stream bank erosion, and other enhancement measures on Forsythe Creek.

Karuk Tribe of California: $100,000
The tribe, along with personnel from the White Sulfur Spring National Fish Hatchery, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and Whitman College will examine the status of freshwater mussels on the Klamath and Salmon Rivers.

Pinoleville Pomo Nation: $128,770
This project will restore riparian habitat for culturally important steelhead and salmon populations through a variety of in-stream management techniques.

Pit River Tribe: $172,239
Two miles of the Parker Creek will be restored and unrestricted grazing will be eliminated. A riparian function will be enhanced by establishing native plants. Data will be tabulated to balance agricultural operations and a sustainable fishery.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians: $83,134
Baseline surveys of habitat and wildlife populations will be made in order to develop and implement a habitat management plan, which will include monitoring, education, and restoration components. Tribal personnel will be trained to manage fish and wildlife resources.

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians: $200,000
Projections indicate the Salton Sea will continue to recede. This project will provide wetland habitat on approximately 85 acres of adjacent tribal land and replace invasive salt cedar with native vegetation.

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians: $199,834
The Old Woman Mountain Preserve and Learning Landscapes program will provide information about threatened and endangered species, their meaning in tribal tradition, and develop a guide for identification and protection. This project will also evaluate the status of the desert tortoise and provide an analysis of climate change in the eastern Mojave Desert.Nevada

Summit Lake Paiute Tribe: $197,867
The tribe will conserve and enhance the biodiversity of the reservation and surrounding area by completing a noxious weed inventory and treatment, providing education on noxious weeds, and training employees and volunteers.

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