Reservation gets grants for wildlife
Duluth News Tribune
Wild rice, moose, walleye and sturgeon on and around
the Fond du Lac Reservation will benefit from grants announced
by the federal government Tuesday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Fond du
Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa $436,576 for four projects.
"This is great," said Fond du Lac Division
of Resource Management director Ferdinand Martineau. "This
is going to benefit everybody in the area, not just the
Nationwide, the USFWS awarded 79 grants totaling $14
million under two grant programs.
The largest grant Fond du Lac received was for $200,000
to help its wild rice restoration efforts.
The grant was the largest available under the Tribal
Landowner Incentive Program and requires at least a 25
Fond du Lac has worked to restore wild rice on reservation
lakes for 20 years, Martineau said.
"It's maintenance money for what we've been doing,"
he said of the grant. "Fond du Lac Reservation has
been putting in at least that amount of money every year.
This will take the pressure off our tribal government
for a couple years."
The band also received $133,150 to study the dynamics
of moose populations and census techniques; $60,920 to
study fishing pressures on certain walleye populations;
and $42,506 to study the sturgeon population in the upper
St. Louis River.
Nationwide, the 79 grants awarded will help 60 American
Indian tribes conserve or restore endangered, threatened
and at-risk species and other wildlife on tribal lands.
Other tribes in Minnesota and Wisconsin receiving grants
The Grand Portage Band of Chippewa received $104,025
to continue assessment and rehabilitation of native, at-risk
fish in Lake Superior and its tributaries and $84,911
to help restore wetlands and wild rice on tribal lands.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe received $209,708 for wildlife
habitat assessment and $133,858 for habitat improvement
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa received $247,007 to help
preserve, improve and evaluate wildlife habitat.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
received $249,800 to help develop its fisheries programs
and conduct surveys on lakes and streams.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa received
$147,784 to help restore the Raymond "Snooty"
Couture Fish Hatchery and rearing ponds.