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National Wildlife Federation Tribal Lands Partnerships Brochure

Published on: Mar 3, 2016

Transcripts - National Wildlife Federation Tribal Lands Partnerships Brochure

  • 1. SOME OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS PROTECTING THE 13,500 SQUARE-MILE POWDER RIVER BASIN Home to peregrine falcons, sage grouse, swift fox, and bald and golden eagles. A rush to extract fossil fuels is sacrificing this Montana-Wyoming watershed to irresponsible energy development. In response, NWF mobilized a coalition of tribes, ranchers, farmers, hunters and anglers that are fully engaged in stemming reckless coal development in the Basin. NWF also is expanding the fight beyond the Basin, linking the Basin Coalition with tribes and activists along the proposed coal export route - from Wyoming through to Pacific Northwest ports. CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CONSERVATION LEADERS NWF empowers tribal educators and students to become the next generation of environmental stewards - engaging them to protect habitat and fostering leadership. In Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, and the Dakotas, NWF collaborates with tribal schools and colleges to implement NWF’s Schoolyard Habitat®, Access Nature™, and Eco-Schools – USA programs. NWF’s WHAT WE DO environmental curriculum is adapted to traditional tribal agricultural practices, native plant uses, tribal language and traditional relationships with the land and heightens Native MISSION: NWF partners with sovereign American student involvement in science and natural resources curricula. The initiative tribal nations to solve today’s conservation broadens the diversity of, and cultural understanding between, conservationists. challenges for future generations. CONSERVING THE COLORADO RIVER The Lower Colorado River contains the best remaining native habitat on the river for NWF works nationwide with tribes migratory neotropical songbirds, waterfowl, and other wetland birds, including threatened and conserving species and habitat, endangered species. Essential to tribes, the Colorado River sustains tribal subsistence, cultural, safeguarding wildlife, advancing land economic, and recreation activities. The river is critically threatened by development, over-use, invasive species, and climate change. To help staunch the damage, NWF and the Cocopah stewardship, and protecting water Tribe have restored native riparian habitat, helping to revive the river for the wildlife and resources. people who depend on it. NWF gathered a tribal coalition to focus on the problem and craft a vision that would restore the river, engendering resilience to climate and human threats. NWF engages the next generation GALVANIZING A STRATEGY TO CONSERVE THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF ALL TRIBAL NATIONS of conservation leaders throughout With the tribal coalition Our Natural Resources (ONR) (pronounced “Honor”), NWF is its programs. With tribes, NWF developing, providing outreach, and implementing a natural resource strategy to restore conservation education sustains and and protect the environmental health and productivity of all tribal nations. Together we promotes tribal culture. are working to reshape relationships between tribes and other natural resource managers, to ensure consistent support and resources for tribal conservation efforts nationwide, and to safeguard wildlife. NWF is the only non-tribal member of this important coalition.PHOTO CREDITS:
  • 2. RECENT SUCCESSES WHY NWF’S TRIBAL PROGRAM?BISON RETURN TO MONTANA’S FORT PECK & FORT The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is the onlyBELKNAP TRIBAL LANDS national conservation organization that partnersThe recent move restores an iconic North American with tribes to protect wildlife, habitat, and culturalspecies to the landscape, a species emblematic of resources and to address energy and climate issues.Native American culture. The bison carry with themnot only wildlife diversity, but also a renewed way NWF and Tribes are leading the way to new andof life. This is the fruition of more than 20 years of effective wildlife conservation. With 95 million PartneringNWF working with tribes and other partners. We acres – 11 million acres more than the U.S. Nationalare now working with the Shoshone and Arapahoe Park Service – tribal lands present significantTribes to restore wild bison to the Wind River opportunities for conservation.Reservation in Wyoming.POWDER RIVER BASIN Tribal sovereignty affords tribes the freedom and authority to choose conservation over environmentally harmful activities. With deep cultural connections WithNWF partnered with the Northern CheyenneEnvironmental Protection Department (EPD) tomake the Tribe one of the first EPA-designatedClimate Showcase Communities in the U.S. Activities and passion for the natural world, tribes are the pacesetters for wildlife conservation. Tribesincluded community trainings on energy efficiency,solar air heater construction and installation, strawbale construction and updating and renovating theEPD building to be energy efficient.HABITAT RESTORATION WITH COCOPAH TRIBEPartnered with the Cocopah Tribe to restore 150acres of native, riparian habitat along the ColoradoRiver on their reservation to protect endangeredspecies and wildlife. LEARN MORE &CONNECTING NATURE, CULTURE & CURRICULUM:TRIBAL ECO-SCHOOLS SUPPORT OUR WORKThe STAR School just west of Leupp, AZ (Navajo Your financial support makes our tribal partnershipsNation) is the first tribal Eco-School, a Green Ribbon possible. Visit our website at and also the first solar-powered K-8 charter tribalprogramschool in the U.S. No power lines come to theschool; all of the buildings on campus are powered Or contact Garrit Voggesser, NWF Tribal Landsby an array of over 100 solar panels and two wind Program National Director, by email atgenerators. Students learn about solar and wind or phone at (303) 441-5161.power at all grade levels. NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION

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