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Secretary Salazar Announces More Than $4.2 Million in Conservation Grants to Native American Tribes

More Than $722,000 to Four Tribes in California and Nevada


By: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Regional Office

March 16, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior today announced the award of more than $4.2 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to 23 Native American Tribes, including 3 Tribes in California and one in Nevada, to fund a wide range of conservation projects ranging from salmon restoration to invasive species control.

"Native American tribes have a deep and abiding knowledge of the land and its wildlife handed down from generation to generation," Salazar said. "Through these grants, we are building on our long-standing partnership with tribal nations to manage our wildlife and its habitat more effectively across the country."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has distributed more than $54 million to Native American Tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants Program since 2003, providing support for more than 350 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes. The grants provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat, including non-game species.

"Native American Tribes manage more than 100 million acres of vital fish and wildlife habitat across the nation and have a long heritage as stewards of the land and its wildlife," said Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe. "These grants will help ensure that they have the resources to tap
into their vast knowledge and experience to best manage these lands."

This year's Tribal Wildlife Grants awards in Pacific Southwest Region are:

Cahto Indian Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria ($130,312)

Cahto Creek Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Enhancement
This project involves the restoration, enhancement, and protection of one mile of Cahto Creek and 12 acres of adjacent riparian habitat. The project benefits Coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead. Project activities include the placement of large wood for stream habitat enhancement, riparian planting, and the development and implementation of a habitat conservation plan.

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation ($200,000)
Kumeyaay Heritage and Habitat Conservation Project
The Kumeyaay Heritage and Habitat Conservation Project will integrate Kumeyaay cultural knowledge into land management practices throughout its trust land and native homeland. This project will provide for baseline surveys, habitat mapping, and the development of adaptive management plans for tribal lands along the Sweetwater River. This project benefits the arroyo toad, least Bell's vireo, coastal California gnatcatcher, and southwestern willow flycatcher.

Yurok Tribe ($192,217)
Hunters as Stewards: Effecting Positive Change in the Perception of Non-lead Ammunition
The primary goal of this project is to reduce lead contamination from hunting ammunition within the historical range of the California condor. The project includes educational outreach and training to promote voluntary use of non-lead ammunition and exchanges of lead for non-lead ammunition. This effort will reduce health risks associated with lead for both wildlife and humans and support ongoing efforts to reintroduce California condors in northern California and southern Oregon.

Summit Lake Paiute Tribe ($200,000)

A Strategy to Promote Conservation of Sage Grouse on Homelands of the Summit Lake Paiute
The Tribe will initiate a monitoring program to identify seasonal habitat use of greater sage grouse populations inhabiting the Summit Lake Paiute Reservation and surrounding area. Results from this project will help guide management recommendations for sage grouse and their key habitats on the Reservation. An additional goal of this project is to expand Tribal capacity for natural resource management through the training and education of Tribal staff and members.

Additional information about Native American conservation projects nationwide go to http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen in the Pacific Southwest Region visit www.fws.gov/cno . Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfwspacificsouthwest, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/usfwsPacSWest, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_pacificsw


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