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Alaska Tribes Receive $433, 026 in Tribal Wildlife Grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced Tribal Wildlife Grants
awards to Native American and Alaska Native tribes funding a wide range of
conservation projects across the country.
“The mindful stewardship of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats is a
value that tribal nations share with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,”
said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Tribal Wildlife Grants create
opportunities for us to work together in a variety of ways, including
species restoration, fish passage, protection of migratory birds, and
coping with long-term effects of a changing climate.”
This year, three Alaska Native tribes will receive a total of $433,026 in
grant money. Since 2003, more than $6 million has gone to Alaska Native
tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, funding 36 projects
involving habitat restoration, population surveys and monitoring,
scientific research, and conservation planning. These grants provide
technical and financial assistance for development and implementation of
projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitats,
including non-game species.
The Agdaagux Tribe of King* *Cove will receive $199,731 for local
monitoring of ecologically important wildlife species. The monitoring will
take place in three Aleutian Island communities and includes data
collection on northern sea otters, Steller’s eiders, Pacific black brant,
and emperor geese.
For the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, $199,943 will allow the
community to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of current rat
stations, defense strategies and control techniques of the rat prevention
program on St. Paul Island. This includes updating and improving current
rat data collection and sharing methods.
The Native Village of Wales will use the grant of $33,352 to conduct
systematic beach surveys along the northern Seward Peninsula to perform
coastal marine mammal surveys and monitoring of seals and walruses found
washed up along the coast. Surveys will also include documenting any debris
associated with the Japanese tsunami of March 2011 and reporting findings
to the NOAA’s Marine Debris Program.
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 tribal
students’ interest in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study.
Some grants have been awarded to support 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 Grants program. Proposals
for the 2014 grant cycle are due September 3, 2013.
For more information about the Tribal Wildlife Grant Program, visit
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
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