United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. sign on as LCC partners

The board of directors of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) recently passed a resolution in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service)’s landscape conservation cooperatives (LCCs). In the resolution, the organization encouraged the 25 federally recognized Tribes that it represents to participate fully in the science-based partnerships.

The Tribes represented by USET own land in states along the length of the Atlantic coast and in the South. They are keenly aware of the challenges of conserving natural resources in a changing climate, and will offer substantive ecological and cultural knowledge as LCC partners.

USET invited the Service to address its board of directors in February at its Impact Week Meeting in Washington, D.C. to provide more information about the LCCs and officially invite the organization to participate. It passed the resolution (USET Resolution 2010:009) at that meeting.

“…Tribes will benefit from this,” said Greg Soder of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island, who attended a formative workshop with other potential public and private partners for the North Atlantic LCC late last year.

Native American Tribes, many of which share government-to-government standing with the Service, have been actively involved in the inception of the North Atlantic and Appalachian landscape conservation cooperatives (LCCs).

The commitment and scientific resources offered by our Native American government partners will be instrumental to the breadth and success of the LCCs.

Photo on home page: USET board of directors. Photo courtesy of USET.

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