Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are providing technical assistance to landowners focusing on projects that benefit the needs of traditional tribal resource users and provide ecological benefits to the Great Lakes basin. Grant funding is supporting a Fish, Wildlife, and Soil Conservationist (Conservationist) for eighteen months. This position, created as a result of more than 10 years of successful collaboration between the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is designed to integrate the common elements of each organization’s missions, goals, and objectives. The position is integrating the technical and traditional ecological knowledge of veteran GTB staff with the expertise of NRCS staff to provide a unique and tailored approach for delivering USDA Farm Bill conservation programs. Using this approach, the Conservationist are engaging landowners in USDA Farm Bill programs, providing technical assistance for the restoration and habitat enhancement, and reaching new landowners by showcasing opportunities for wildlife conservation on private lands using USDA Farm Bill programs.
Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee county, MI