Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will distribute more than $4.2 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to 23 Native American Tribes. The grants will help fund a number of wildlife conservation projects, ranging from the restoration of Everglade snail kite habitat on more than 200,000 wetland acres of Florida to preservation of buffalo in Kansas. Among the current recipients is the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe of Texas, which will receive about $188,000 to help fund its mule deer and pronghorn conservation plan and Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation, which will get $200,000 to develop it wildlife management and native species restoration plan. The Tribal Wildlife Grants Program—established in 2002—is a highly competitive program designed to help fund conservation projects led by federally recognized Indian tribes.
Read about the Program and the challenges and complexities of wildlife management and conservation on tribal lands in the winter 2010 issue of The Wildlife Professional.