More than $599,000 in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Grants Awarded to Tribes in the Midwest Region
The Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region is pleased to announce funding for three Tribal fish and wildlife conservation projects totaling $599,978 through the Service’s Fiscal Year 2012 Tribal Wildlife Grant Program. The following Tribes received funding this year: the Ho Chunk Nation in Wisconsin; the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin; and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Michigan.
Tribal Wildlife Grants provide assistance to Tribes for development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities funded through the program may include: planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related research, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat protection, and public education that is relevant to the project.
Since 2003, 73 projects totaling more than $11 million have been funded in the Service’s Midwest Region through the Tribal Wildlife Grant Program and the Tribal Landowner Incentive Program. These projects have made a big difference on the ground and have helped build capacity for Tribal management of culturally important fish and wildlife species.
The following projects were funded this year:
The Development of Ho-Chunk Nation Wildlife Management Plan and Native Species Restoration Plan— Ho-Chunk Nation ($200,000). This project will establish a comprehensive wildlife management plan and native species restoration plan for Ho Chunk Nation lands. As part of its native species restoration efforts, the Tribe will work with partners to pursue elk restoration in the Black River area of Wisconsin. Overall, the project will enhance the Tribe’s capacity to effectively manage its resources and contribute to resource conservation at a landscape scale.
Common Carp Research/Mitigation and Wild Rice Restoration on the Clam River System and Clam Lake— St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin ($200,000). This project will research the impacts of common carp, a non-native species, on wild rice and the ecological functioning of the Clam Lake System in Wisconsin. The project will also restore nearly 300 acres of wild rice. Working closely with other partners, the Tribe’s efforts will benefit waterfowl populations, the lake’s fishery, and culturally important wild rice beds, as well as both tribal and non-tribal members who use these resources.
Development of the Michigan Walleye Population Model for the 1836 Ceded Territory— Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians of Michigan ($199,978). This ongoing project will gather information to calculate population estimates of adult walleye and classify walleye lakes based on recruitment to further develop the walleye population model currently used in Michigan’s inland lakes. The refined model will be used to predict adult walleye abundance in order to effectively manage walleye resources in the 1836 Treaty Area of Michigan.
The Service received 119 proposals requesting over $19.1 million in project funding this year. The proposals were reviewed by regional and national scoring panels and 23 projects totaling $4,344,049 were funded. The national news release and more information on the projects funded are available HERE.
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, clicke HERE.
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, click HERE.