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Funding for Native American tribes could save fish and wildlife

August 16, 2013

Native American Tribes are eligible to apply for Federal grants to protect endangered species according to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

The Tribal Wildlife Grant Program gives an opportunity for Tribal governments to develop programs for fish and wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.

The uses allowed by the program may include, but is not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, laboratory and field research, habitat mapping or preservation, and public education. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel.

In 2011, the Quinault Indian Nation received $198,904 through the program to enhance the Quinault Habitat Restoration Program with two new staff members for the Quinault Division of Natural Resources.

Previously funded Tribal Wildlife Grant projects range from comprehensive surveys of plants, fish and wildlife, to habitat and fish restoration. More than $60 million for 350 projects has gone to Native American tribes since 2003.

Recipients are selected through a national process.

The deadline to submit an application is September 3.

USFWS

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