Maine tribes get nearly $315,000 in conservation grants

Posted March 19, 2012, at 7:53 p.m.

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Maine’s Penobscot Indian Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe last week were awarded nearly $315,000 in conservation grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More than $4.2 million in grants to 23 tribes across 17 states were announced on March 16 by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The grants go toward efforts ranging from controlling invasive species to restoring salmon populations, according to a press release.

The Penobscot Indian Nation received $194,798 to go toward an “aquatic furbearer population and contaminant assessment on trust and reservation lands.”

The Passamaquoddy Tribe was awarded a $119,544 grant to start a “program to study the effectiveness and viability of boxes for American marten.”

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

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