U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would provide more than $52 million in funding to state wildlife management agencies and Native American tribes. The funds come from the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) and Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) programs. Under the SWG program, more than $48 million will support species and habitats listed in approved state wildlife action plans. Projects funded through the SWG program involve research, monitoring, wildlife surveys, species and habitat management and other activities. More than $4 million in TWG program funds will go to Native American tribes and Alaska Native groups in 14 states to support fish and wildlife conservation and key partnerships. The awards will benefit 25 projects that encompass a wide range of wildlife and habitats, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance.
Previous projects funded by SWG program grants include a North Dakota Game and Fish Department project completed last year that restored more than 200 acres of grassland habitat within a priority waterfowl production area and a Wyoming Game and Fish Department project that assesses the influence of invasive cheat grass on small mammals and other species of greatest conservation need.
SCI commends the Department of the Interior for its dedication to funding important state and tribal wildlife and habitat projects. The $48 million allocation of 2017 SWG program funds maintains the program’s 2016 funding levels. However, Funding for both SWG and TWG programs have diminished over the last several years from historic peak levels. SCI looks forward to working with Deputy Secretary Bernhardt, the Department of the Interior, the states and Native American tribes to find ways to increase sources of funding for important state and tribal wildlife and habitat programs.
Find the complete list of 2017 SWG apportionments here. Learn more about SWG program accomplishments here. Find a complete list of the 2017 TWG awards here. For additional information about Native American conservation projects and the TWG application process, visit http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html or http://www.grants.gov/.