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BOR Commissioner Announces Changes in Senior Leadership

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PNP comment: How much do you want to bet these newest “leaders” are even more Green? — Editor Liz Bowen

November 8, 2012

From: psoeth@usbr.gov

http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=41444

Media Contacts:

Dan DuBray, Chief, Public Affairs, National Press Office, Reclamation (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) ddubray@usbr.gov or 202-513-0574 (office) or 202-420-1139 (cell) http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/presskit/mediacontact.cfm (Washington, D.C.)

Pete Lucero aka Pedro Lucero aka Pedro A. Lucero, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR aka USBR) plucero@usbr.gov or 916-978-5100 (California)

Commissioner’s Office, Washington, D.C. – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced changes among three senior leadership positions.

Lowell Pimley will become the Deputy Commissioner of Operations in Washington,

David Murillo has been named Mid-Pacific Regional Director in Sacramento

and Don Glaser will move to Denver, where he will work on several high priority projects for the Commissioner.

Michael Gabaldon will assume the leadership role for the Technical Service Center as part of his current duties as Director, Technical Resources in Denver.

“Lowell, David and Don bring their vast knowledge and experience, matched with their long history of working collaboratively with Reclamation’s customers and stakeholders, into their new positions,” Commissioner Connor said. “With more than 75 years of combined knowledge and experience in the water and related resources field, these outstanding leaders will build upon Reclamation’s commitment to excellence and public service.”

Lowell Pimley, most recently the Director of the Technical Service Center, has spent his career conducting and coordinating planning studies, designs and construction support on a variety of water resources and related projects. He joined Reclamation in 1980 as a civil engineer where he developed and directed designs on project features ranging from tunnels to bridges to large pipeline systems. Over the years, his responsibilities expanded to include project reviews for domestic and international civil works projects as well as policy development for Reclamation’s planning, design, cost estimating and construction programs. He was named Director, Technical Service Center in 2008. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Montana State University.

David Murillo will bring his knowledge of water and related resources policy, water and power system operation and maintenance and ecosystems recovery to the Mid-Pacific Region. His work at several levels within Reclamation has demonstrated his ability to collaborate with the many partners and stakeholder interests of Reclamation. He has served as Deputy Commissioner for Operations since 2010. He joined Reclamation in 2000 as the manager of Yakima Field Office where he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of storage reservoirs, fish facilities and hydropower plants and the recovery of several salmon species. He then served as the Power Manager at Grand Coulee Dam, the largest hydroelectric facility in the United States. Murillo graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984.

Don Glaser’s experience in Reclamation, the federal government and nonprofits will allow him to provide sound counsel to the Commissioner on Reclamation issues. He has worked for more than 25 years at Reclamation in several positions including Assistant Commissioner for Resources Management and Deputy Commissioner for Operations. Besides his Reclamation background, Glaser managed several nonprofits engaged in water education, open space preservation and fish and wildlife conservation and restoration. He also was a water consultant, Executive Director for the Presidential Commission on Western Water Policy and Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Director.

These Reclamation leaders will assume the duties of their new positions by January.

Bureau of Reclamation, Commissioner’s Office News Releases:
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/regionlist.cfm?region=6&Year=2012

Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Mid-Pacific Region 2012 News Releases:
http://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/regionlist.cfm?Region=3&Year=2012

 

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Commentary: Lies and fake science winning

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October 3, 2012

Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional rkeller@vancepublishing.com

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When the environmental activists distribute their version of reality, which blames the conventional agricultural industry with the support by farmers and ranchers for destroying the environment, the messages are accepted as complete truth by the general population.

With such a small percentage of people in the U.S. and the world actually involved in farming and ranching, the green message can be made to sound so truthful — even if there isn’t one ounce of truth to any of the environmentalists’ “facts.”

Another example just came to my attention this week when Worldwatch Institute widely distributed its “Soil to Sky” poster/infographic of “Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture.” The claim was that this infographic and the facts behind it were developed with support of the Christensen Fund.

“Industrial agriculture has failed to feed the planet, destroyed local ecosystems and exacerbated the climate crisis. In contrast, agroecology — a discipline that combines ecology with farmers’ knowledge of their local environment — reduces agriculture’s impact on the climate and enables ecosystems to produce abundant, sustainable food,” claimed an announcement looking for supportive media.

Industrial agriculture includes all the non-organic farmers and ranchers of the nation, according to the comparison.

Some of the agroecology versus industrial agriculture notes on the infographic, with agroecology first, include:

“Captures and retains carbon dioxide in system vs. Contributes one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“Involves local communities in the growing process from seed to mouth vs. Relies on mechanization and labor-saving policies, consolidates land and resources into fewer hands.

“Increases nutritional diversity crucial for women and children vs. Causes malnutrition, heart disease and obesity.

“Improves farmers’ ability to respond to climate change vs. Puts global food systems at greater risk to extreme weather events.

“Reintegrates livestock, crops, pollinators, fish, tree and water for integrated nutrient and pest management vs. Relies on increasing amounts of external chemical inputs to boost unsustainable yields, killing soils worldwide.”

Check out the infographic here: http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/infographics/ or http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Soil-to-Sky.png

There is no necessity for the truth in what activists use to advance their causes, and a second example happened this week. The anti-biotech activists that want biotech foods off the market are trying to put their toe in the door by demanding that California require biotech foods or foods that might contain biotech ingredients be labeled as such.

This anti-biotech group is a big percentage of the total membership of the Prop 37 Right to Know campaign organization. And I reported last week, the campaign leadership decided to use a completely flawed fake science French study that claimed rats feed biotech corn developed exceedingly high rates of cancer tumors. The Right to Know campaign widely claimed this showed that biotech food are extremely dangerous to children and the general population. Scientists worldwide have denounced the study, conducted by an anti-biotech scientist.

So, using false information is a tactic, and those anti-biotech pro-Proposition 37 food labeling people are proud of how well they are spreading lies. They are extremely proud to hang their hat on false science that sounds reasonable to a normal mother and the general population. The false message sounds so good that the Right to Know campaign has announced it is using the message in television advertising.

Lies about food and agriculture seem to convert more and more of what we think of as an educated people, against conventional agriculture in the U.S.

One of the main groups trying to counter falsities is the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance by mainly conducting Food Dialogues where real farmers and ranchers take questions and explain the truth about U.S. agriculture. Maybe this can help, but it is for sure that green messages from the activists grab attention without question that the message is truthful.

Copyright 2012, Vance Publishing Corporation.

http://www.agprofessional.com/news/Commentary-Lies-and-fake-science-winning-172446611.html?view=all

 

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Oregon: Commission approves land use ordinance

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PNP comment:  This not good news. Non-elected officials rarely make decisions “by the people and for the people.”  — Editor Liz Bowen

Commission approves land use ordinance

“The amendment adds a new Oregon Administrative Rule that allows local governments to adopt changes in Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules and stateside planning goals without hearings, if the only effect is to conform local comprehensive plans and land use regulations to new state requirements.”

May 25, 2012

By Bill Rautenstrauch, Business Editor, The Observer billr@lagrandeobserver.com or 541-963-3161
The La Grande Observer aka The Observer
P.O. Box 3170
La Grande, Oregon 97850
541-963-3161 or 800-422-3110
Fax: 541-963-7804
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With little discussion Wednesday, the Union County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance amending the local land use plan so that state-mandated land use laws can be adopted without public hearings.

The amendment adds a new Oregon Administrative Rule that allows local governments to adopt changes in Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules and stateside planning goals without hearings, if the only effect is to conform local comprehensive plans and land use regulations to new state requirements.

According to the ordinance, state statutes, rules and goals approved by the state must be implemented, so local public testimony can change nothing.

“Where it’s something we’re required to put in anyway, we feel it’s a smoother process,” Scott Hartell of the planning department told the board prior to the vote on the ordinance.

The move by the county board doesn’t necessarily mean citizens are cut out of the process, according to county staff reports.

When the state amends its administrative rules, statewide planning goals and statutes, it usually holds hearings and takes testimony from the public, though locations of hearings may not be local.

Before Wednesday’s vote on the county ordinance, Commissioner Steve McClure said that some mechanism should be devised to allow the county to weigh in on changes in state law. He said those changes should be an agenda item for the planning commission.

“I think we should try and weigh in, and the best way to do that is to start at the planning commission level,” McClure said.

The planning commission recommended approval of the ordinance following a public hearing March 26.

The county board reviewed the planning commission and held a hearing April 18.

Before Wednesday’s vote, Board Chairman Bill Rosholt noted that the county will save money on the costs of advertising and holding hearings on state mandated changes.

The land use ordinance topped a mostly routine agenda for the board’s regular meeting.

In some other business, the board met with Curt Mattson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, who gave a report on local predator control for fiscal year 2011.

The board also met with Public Works Director Doug Wright concerning an amendment to a fund exchange agreement, and the need to declare some outdated public works equipment surplus.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, Ray Randall of Union told the board he would like to see county voters have a chance to weigh in on making county commissioner races non-partisan. He urged that the issue be placed on the November election ballot.

“We all know it could be done by initiative petition, but the simple way is to put it on the ballot,” Randall said.

In other public comment, Irene Gilbert asked the board to look into whether the owners of the Elkhorn Ridge wind farm near North Powder are living up to their mitigation commitments.

Gilbert also asked the board for notification of meetings concerning the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest’s Travel Management Plan, and meetings related to the proposed Antelope Ridge wind farm near Union.

Copyright 2012, The La Grande Observer.

http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/News/Local-News/Commission-approves-land-use-ordinance

Additional researched, related, recommended reading / information / definitions:

Curt Mattson aka Curtis Mattson aka Curtis L. Mattson, Wildlife Specialist, Union/Baker Counties, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, Predator Control curtis.l.mattson@aphis.usda.gov

https://www.facebook.com/#!/curt.mattson.5 (Oregon)

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/index.html

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/

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(California) State Water Resources Control Board News

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Sent: 4/26/2012 10:03:34 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time

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CWSRF – Clean Water State Revolving Fund

FFY – Federal Fiscal Year

IUP – Intended Use Plan

April 26, 2012

NOTICE – Our Website will undergo maintenance from 5 PM Friday, April 27, 2012, through the weekend. During this time, you may experience service disruptions. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please check back on Monday, April 30th.(posted April 23, 2012)

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov

Clean Water State Revolving Fund FFY 2011/2012 Intended Use Plan (posted 4/25/12)

UC Davis Nitrate in Groundwater Report for Tulare Lake Basin/Salinas Valley – Workshop May 23rd (posted 3/6/12)

2006 Bay-Delta Plan Update (posted 2/29/12)

Statewide Vector Control Permit – Proposed Amendment (posted 2/8/12)

Bay-Delta Plan Review – Supplemental Notice of Preparation issued for Next Phase (posted 1/25/12)

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California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) News Releases

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California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) News Releases

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April 19, 2012 Recreational Ocean Salmon Season Opens May 1 from Horse Mountain to the Oregon/California State Line

April 19, 2012 Commission Adopts Salmon Season Regulation Packages

April 19, 2012 Texas Artist Wins 2012 Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest

April 18, 2012 Endangered Steelhead Bust on Garcia River Illustrates Need for Protection

April 17, 2012 Applications for Deer and Pig Hunting Open up in Western Merced County

April 16, 2012 DFG Reminds the Public to Leave Young Wildlife Alone

April 16, 2012 DFG Expands Annual Trout Fest to Three Central Valley Hatcheries

April 12, 2012 DFG to hold Judging Event for 2012 California Upland Game Bird Stamp Contest

April 10, 2012 DFG Successfully Relocates Southern California Bear

April 9, 2012 Time’s Running Out to Help Endangered Species on Your Tax Return!

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/

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KDRV TV in Medford, Oregon – news on PBS documentary on Klamath dams

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Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Opposed

April 17, 2012
By Ron Brown rbrown@kdrv.com or 541-779-9755
KDRV aka News Watch 12
P.O. Box 4220
Medford, Oregon 97501
541-773-1212 or 541-779-9955 (newsroom)
Fax: 541-776-0659
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Yreka, California – Plans to remove four California dams from the upper Klamath River drew fire again Tuesday from Siskiyou County officials.

County legal counsel, Thomas Guarino, reported to county supervisors that the county is challenging Pacific Corps plans to bill ratepayers at a higher rate for possible dam removal. He says with the uncertainty that seems to be growing over whether the dams will be removed, it doesn’t make sense to raise fees being charged to ratepayers.

Guarino also blasted an upcoming PBS documentary on the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, saying it is biased in favor of dam removal. Commissioners are hosting a guest speaker May 8th, Dr. Hauser (sic), who is known as [a] whistleblower in the Interior Department, to speak on the government’s role in the dam removal process.

Copyright 2012, KDRV.

http://kdrv.com/news/local/244443

 

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HumCPR files lawsuit against county for ‘shaded’ parcels

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HumCPR files lawsuit against county for ‘shaded’ parcels

April 12, 2012
By The Times-Standard

P.O. Box 3580
Eureka, California 95502-3580
707-441-0500
Fax: 707-441-0501
http://times-standard.com

To submit a Letter to the Editor: letters@times-standard.com (250-word limit)

The Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights — a private property rights organization — announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Humboldt County, stating it needs to stop the practice of shading parcels, or marking properties with an uncertain legal status.

Parcels are ultimately deemed shaded when the planning department discovers that a parcel has been recorded for taxes with the assessor’s office, but not for development with the planning department. Planners then “shade” the parcel on a map with a pencil to indicate its uncertain legal status. Parcel owners must record their property with both departments to have it considered a legal parcel that hasn’t been improperly subdivided.

HumCPR President Lee Ulansey said the practice has declared more than 1,000 parcels of privately-owned land effectively illegal. He said the process to clarify a parcel’s status is extortion.

”This practice requires a landowner, once they become aware of their status, to pay money to the county and prove their land entitlements are in order,” Ulansey said in a statement. “Humboldt families have been declared guilty by the county in many cases, without the county having performed any research or analysis to justify the shading.”

A press release from HumCPR states it believes the county must notify parcel owners that their property was illegally created and give them an opportunity to prove otherwise. The release states the county’s planning department only informs affected people when someone applies for a permit. It stated the county often doesn’t have a record of why or when the parcel was shaded.

Community Development Services Director Kirk Girard said the county mailed out letters to every property owner that had a shaded parcel more than six months ago, and that the county’s been working to resolve the issue for more than one year.

”We have notified every person,” Girard said. “We hired a planner for this and we have made a lot of progress.”

Girard said the county’s proactive approach is paying off and that the uncertain status of more than 350 properties is no longer an issue due to resolutions. He said the county is currently actively working with about 90 property owners to resolve the issue or determine the best way to resolve the legality of a parcel.

HumCPR’s attorney Timothy Needham, from the law firm of Janssen, Malloy LLP, filed the lawsuit against the county with co-counsel William Barnum of the Barnum Law Office.

”We believe that hundreds of property owners have had the value of their property placed in jeopardy and potentially have been harmed through this illegal process,” Needham said in a statement.

Representatives with the county counsel’s office couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Copyright 2012, The Times-Standard.

http://www.times-standard.com/alerts/ci_20384932/humcpr-files-lawsuit-against-county-shaded-parcels

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Karuk casino OKed for Yreka

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WEB UPDATE: Karuk casino coming to Yreka

(Note: Before folks start unrolling the welcome mat, it should be noted that this tribe is all for destroying the Klamath dams. The permit grantor, the National Indian Gaming Commission, is a creation of — and managed by — the U.S. Department of the Interior. Sound fishy to you? Me, too. Read more below the article’s text.)

April 10, 2012

By John Bowman, The Siskiyou Daily News jbowman@siskiyoudaily.com or 530-842-5777
The Siskiyou Daily News

309 South Broadway
Yreka, California 96097
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Yreka, California – The Karuk Tribe of California announced on Monday that they have received a permit from the *National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to operate a casino in the Yreka area.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for the Karuk Tribe and an opportunity for the surrounding communities,” said Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery. “With this comes a lot of additional work for our tribal council, staff and membership, but the first step has successfully been accomplished,” Attebery said in a press release.

According to the release the Karuk Tribe has been working on this effort “for many years.”

In the coming months, the tribe plans to work with local, regional and state officials to work out specific details of the casino project.

District 4 County Supervisor Grace Bennett told the Daily News, “Personally, I don’t like casinos.” She said she has not had a chance to fully review all the details of the Karuks’ plans.

“A lot of what will happen will depend on the details,” Bennett said.

According to Karuk Tribal Council member Dora Bernal, whose primary focus while on the Karuk Tribal Council has been to win approval for a gaming facility, “we have worked very hard to bring gaming to the Karuk Tribe and the community. We believe this will provide critically-needed jobs and business revenues to the area for Indians and non-Indians alike.”

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey agreed that the casino will bring increased traffic to Yreka, but he’s concerned that the influx could bring increased public safety issues with it.

“Even though casinos typically have good on-site security and can handle their own issues, theoretically, casinos can bring an increase in crime and other public safety issues,” Lopey said.

Both Lopey and Bennett said they will be talking to tribal leadership in the near future to further explore details and concerns.

Bernal told the Daily News the  tribe wants to develop a positive working relationship with the Yreka City Council and the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors.

“We called them on the phone and told them about the permit before we even put out the press release,” Bernal said. “We really want to make this a positive thing for everyone in the community.”

She said the Karuk Tribe is aware of the concerns of some community members and they will be making a concerted effort to listen to those concerns and address them to the best of their ability.

Bernal explained that, so far, there are very few details available, in terms of specifics, because the primary focus has been obtaining the permit. She said the tribal council will be getting to work immediately on developing a plan.

At this point, Bernal said, there is no firm timeline for the project, but the primary consideration for the casino’s location will be near the Karuk housing facility on the east side of Yreka, though nothing is finalized yet.

Copyright 2012, The Siskiyou Daily News.

http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/newsnow/x493665738/WEB-UPDATE-Karuk-casino-coming-to-Yreka

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*The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), 1441 L Street NW, Suite 9100, Washington, D.C. 20005. info@nigc.gov or 202-632-7003; Fax: 202-632-7066.

“The NIGC is an independent regulatory agency established within the Department of the Interior pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988.” “As an independent federal regulatory agency, the National Indian Gaming Commission (Commission) was established pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 (Act).

The Commission comprises a Chairman and two Commissioners, each of whom serves on a full-time basis for a three-year term. The Chairman is appointed by the President and must be confirmed by the Senate. The Secretary of the Interior appoints the other two Commissioners. Under the Act, at least two of the three Commissioners must be enrolled members of a federally recognized Indian tribe, and no more than two members may be of the same political party.

The Commission maintains its headquarters in Washington, D.C., with regional offices, located in Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Phoenix, Arizona; St. Paul, Minnesota; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Washington, D.C.” “The Commission’s primary mission is to regulate gaming activities on Indian lands for the purpose of shielding Indian tribes from organized crime and other corrupting influences; to ensure that Indian tribes are the primary beneficiaries of gaming revenue; and to assure that gaming is conducted fairly and honestly by both operators and players.

To achieve these goals, the Commission is authorized to conduct investigations; undertake enforcement actions, including the issuance of violation, assessment of civil fines, and/or issuance of closure orders; conduct background investigations; conduct audits; and review and approve Tribal gaming ordinances.” ht tp://www.nigc.gov and http://www.nigc.gov/About_Us.aspx and http://www.nigc.gov/Media/Press_Releases/2012_Press_Releases.aspx and http://www.nigc.gov/Contact_Us.aspx

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Salazar Announces More than $4.2 Million in Conservation Grants to Native American Tribes

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 $4.2 Million goes to Tribes  in AL/AK/AZ/CA/CO/FL/KS/ME/MI/MT/ND/NM/NV/OR/TX/WA/WI

March 16, 2012

From: interior_news@ios.doi.gov

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/AMERICAS-GREAT-OUTDOORS-Salazar-Announces-More-than-4-point-2-Million-in-Conservation-Grants-to-Native-American-Tribes.cfm

Contacts:

Adam Fetcher (DOI) adam_fetcher@ios.doi.gov or 202-208-6416 (Washington, D.C.)

Noemi Perez (FWS) noemi_perez@fws.gov or 703-358-2688 (Virginia)

Washington, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced more than $4.2 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to 23 Native American Tribes in 17 states to fund a wide range of conservation projects ranging from salmon restoration to invasive species control.

“Native American tribes have a deep and abiding knowledge of the land and its wildlife handed down from generation to generation,” Salazar said. “Through these grants, we are building on our longstanding partnership with tribal nations to manage our wildlife and its habitat more effectively across the country.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has distributed more than $54 million to Native American Tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants Program since 2003, providing support for more than 350 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes. The grants provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of projects that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat, including non-game species.

“Native American Tribes manage more than 100 million acres of vital fish and wildlife habitat across the nation and have a long heritage as stewards of the land and its wildlife,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe. “These grants will help ensure that they have the resources to tap into their vast knowledge and experience to best manage these lands.”

For example, the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida will be a partner in efforts to restore Everglade snail kite habitat on the Miccosukee Reservation and surrounding lands totaling more than 260,000 wetland acres. The tribe is also pursuing its ability to restore and enhance aquatic habitat for native fisheries, and reduce mercury exposure for Tribal members in the heart of the Florida Everglades, where nearly 90 percent of the waters are covered by consumption bans due to toxic levels of mercury in fish. A $199,000 grant will help the tribe increase its fish-rearing and stocking capability. “The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida looks forward to the development of the Aquatic Repopulation Center funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Miccosukee Tribe Chairman Colley Billie. “The project will allow our Tribal members to enhance endangered species habitat, create opportunities for our youth, preserve cultural knowledge, facilita te training opportunities and provide subsistence resources to the Tribe.”

Other examples of this year’s Tribal Wildlife Grants include:

Swinomish Indian Tribe of Washington

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will inventory, manage, protect, and enhance wildlife and habitat resources on the 118 acres of tidelands, nearshore, and old growth forests of Kukutali Preserve on the Swinomish Reservation. A key element will include the creation of a 50-year management plan for the Kukutali Preserve by the Tribe and Washington State Parks as co-owners and managers of the Preserve. The restoration project is designed to protect the threatened Skagit Chinook salmon by providing protection to critical rearing habitat.

Chickaloon Native Village of Alaska

Continued funding for the Chickaloon Native Village supports the Matanuska Watershed Salmon Habitat and Restoration Project which serves as a broad initiative to restore natural landscapes, habitats, species and traditional cultural practices. Previous grants have been utilized to conduct salmon restoration in Moose Creek, restore and evaluate side channel habitat in the Matanuska River for salmon. The crowning jewel of this project was the restoration of Moose Creek — a critical salmon spawning route which was disrupted in the early 1900s when blasting for a locomotive rail cut off fish passage. Tribal leaders now comment that they are seeing salmon in upstream reaches that they had only heard about from their elders.

For more information on the Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grant Program:
http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html

Below is a state-by-state list of the grants announced today:

ALABAMA

Poarch Band of Creek Indians ($200,000) Rivercane Reintroduction and Longleaf Pine Restoration

ALASKA

Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak ($200,000) Sun’aq Salmon Enhancement Planning Project

Chickaloon Native Village ($199,728) Matanuska Watershed Salmon Habitat and Restoration Project

ARIZONA

San Carlos Apache Tribe ($200,000) San Carlos Apache Eagle Aviary

CALIFORNIA

Cahto Indian Tribe ($130,312) Salmon Habitat Enhancement

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay ($200,000) Kumeyaay Heritage and Habitat

Yurok Tribe ($192,217) Hunters as Stewards: Effecting Positive Change in the Perception of Non-lead Ammunition

COLORADO

Southern Ute Indian Tribe ($186,707) Roundtail Chub Conservation Management

FLORIDA

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida ($199,458) Mercury Safe Fisheries and Snail Kite

KANSAS

Prairie Band Potawatomi ($133,645) Buffalo Preservation Project

MAINE

Penobscot Indian Nation ($194,798) Aquatic Furbearer Population and Contaminant Assessment on Trust and Reservation Lands

Passamaquoddy Tribe – Indian Township Reservation ($119,544) A Program to Study the Effectiveness and Viability of Next Boxes for American Marten

MICHIGAN

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians ($199,978) Development of the Michigan Walleye Population Model for the 1836 Ceded Territory

MONTANA

Gros Ventre and Sioux Tribes ($200,000) Eagle Rehabilitation Program

NEVADA

Summit Lake Paiute Tribe ($200,000) A Strategy to Promote Conservation of Sage Grouse on Homelands of the Summit Lake Paiute

NEW MEXICO

Pueblo of Santa Ana ($200,000) Assessment of Woodrat Population, and Habitat Use on the Pueblo of Santa Ana

NORTH DAKOTA

Spirit Lake Nation ($200,000) Management Plans, Wildlife Data and Regulations

OREGON

Cow Creek Band of Indians ($200,000) Lamprey Conservation in the Umpqua Basin Project

TEXAS

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo ($188,273) Mule Deer and Pronghorn Conservation Plan

WASHINGTON

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe ($199,389) Duckabush Elk Home Range, Herd Structure and Habitat Assessment Project

Swinomish Tribe ($200,000) Kukutali Preserve

WISCONSIN

Ho-Chunk Nation ($200,000) Development of Ho-Chunk Nation Wildlife Management Plan and Native Species Restoration Plan

St. Croix Chippewa ($200,000) Common Carp Research/Mitigation and Wild Rice Restoration on the Clam River System and Clam Lake

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USFWS Virtual Newsroom: http://onlinepressroom.net/fws/

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