Check out this fact sheet for info about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (currently before the US House of Representatives) and its potential benefits to Tribal-led conservation. It could redirect $97.5 million to Tribal-led conservation efforts and represents “the most significant investment in wildlife conservation in a generation.”
The work of EBCI Natural Resources is highlighted as an example of success in Tribal wildlife conservation:
The EBCI Natural Resources Department is working to build upon generations of Cherokee stewardship and manage terrestrial and aquatic species of concern through an EBCI Wildlife Action Plan. Modern-day Cherokee lands located in the southern Appalachians harbor tremendous biodiversity and rare species that receive focused population monitoring and habitat protection efforts from EBCI biologists. These species include three ESA listed bat species, the federally endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel, the eastern elk, and many neo-tropical birds and salamanders. The EBCI is also successfully working with multiple government and non-profit partners to restore native aquatic species to EBCI watersheds such as the eastern hellbender, sicklefin redhorse, and multiple freshwater mussels. Sustained wildlife conservation efforts within the EBCI aboriginal landscape are critical to preserving ecosystem services, economic resources, and cultural values for future generations.