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Almost $500,000 Awarded to Alaska Tribes for Conservation Work


February 26, 2010

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on February 25th that more than $7 million in grants will go to 42 Native American projects in 16 states to fund a wide range of conservation projects nationwide. Three Alaska Tribes will share almost $500,000 for projects benefiting migratory birds, fish, and habitat.

“The Tribal Wildlife Grants program has helped the Service to collaborate more effectively with Alaska Tribes, and to benefit from their knowledge of local resources and their long-standing commitment to fish and wildlife conservation in our state,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Regional Director Geoffrey L. Haskett.

More than $50 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program in the past eight years, providing funding for 400 conservation projects administered by 162 participating
Federally-recognized tribes. The grants provide technical and financial
assistance for the development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat, including non-game species.

Nationwide, the grants have enabled tribes to develop increased management capacity, improve and enhance relationships with partners including State agencies, address cultural and environmental priorities, and heighten interest of tribal students in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study. Some grants have been awarded to enhance recovery efforts for threatened and endangered species.

The grants are provided exclusively to Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments and are made possible under the Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2002 through the State and Tribal Wildlife Grant program.

During the current grant cycle, tribes submitted a total of 137 proposals that were scored by panels in each Service Region using uniform ranking criteria. A national scoring panel recommended 42 proposals for funding.

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, visit www.fws.gov.
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