U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks applications for Tribal Wildlife Grants

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On May 1, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a request for grant proposals from federally recognized tribes for projects that will conserve fish and wildlife resources on tribal lands. The Tribal Wildlife Grants program funds projects on a competitive basis that benefit habitat, fish and wildlife, including species that are not hunted or fished. This grant request is for fiscal year 2010.

Proposals and grant applications must be postmarked by Sept. 1. The maximum award for any one project under this program is $200,000. For more information and to obtain a copy of the grant application kit, or to find a regional tribal grants contact visit the FWS Web site. Additional information about this and other grant programs is available online.

In FY 2009, the Tribal Wildlife Grant program awarded nearly $7 million to 41 tribes for projects ranging from comprehensive surveys of plants, fish and wildlife, to habitat and fish restoration, to development of new resource management plans and techniques.

The Tribal Wildlife Grants program began in 2003 and has provided a total of more than $50 million to hundreds of tribes across the nation, enabling them to develop increased management capacity, improve and enhance relationships with partners, address cultural and environmental priorities and heighten interest of tribal students in fisheries, wildlife and related fields of study. A comprehensive report on projects awarded between 2003 and 2006 is available online.

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 scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.