Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act
WHAT: Legislation sponsored by Senator Udall in the Senate and Representative Gallego in the House authorizing the use of wildlife corridors on Indian land to provide habitat or ecological connectivity and allow for fish, wildlife, or plant movement on such land. Introduced in the 116th (H.R. 5179 and S.2891).
TRIBAL IMPACTS: Bill permits an Indian Tribe to nominate a corridor within the land of such tribe as a tribal wildlife corridor. Department of the Interior must establish criteria for determining whether such a corridor qualifies as a tribal wildlife corridor. Interior must provide tribes with technical assistance to establish, manage, or expand a tribal wildlife corridor. Interior must (1) establish a program to award grants to tribes to increase connectivity through tribal wildlife corridors and (2) consult with tribes to determine whether a tribal wildlife corridor may be expanded into public lands or otherwise benefit connectivity between public lands and such corridor. The bill permits the Department of Agriculture to give priority under certain conservation programs to those projects that enhance connectivity by expanding a tribal wildlife corridor.
NAFWS: 2019 Resolution 19-002 passed to support for the Protection of Wildlife Corridors NAFWS Executive Director, President, Regional Directors and several members are active members of a Tribal group in partnership with NWF. The same group is also working with USFWS staff to review and recommend changes to the Secretarial Order 3362 so_3362_migration.pdf (doi.gov) to make it more inclusive for federally recognized Tribes.