Conservation Service Offers Funding For Tribal Farmers and Ranchers
To help tribal nations in California conserve the state’s natural resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is making $1 million available to tribal farmers and ranchers.
Applications for the funding will be accepted through Feb. 3, 2012.
The funding is aimed at helping tribal nations restore and manage native plant species, improve water quality and irrigation water efficiency, reduce soil erosion and a handful of other resource concerns. In addition, the funding also can be used to improve and manage forest health and rangeland health, reduce wildfire threats and restore and manage native plants for traditional Native American food and fiber production.
“This targeted funding will provide enhanced opportunities for California Tribes to remain major players in conservation issues in the state, ranging from water usage to fire management,” Juan Armand, president of the Klamath Trinity Resource Conservation District, said in a news release.
There are 109 federally recognized American Indian tribes in California, and another 69 tribes petitioning for federal recognition. Federally recognized tribes have jurisdiction over 635,739 acres of Tribal Trust Land in California.
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