DOI, Indian Affairs Partner With Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in Ecosystem Restoration Project

Channel Islands
Channel Islands

VENTURA, CA – During a visit to Channel Islands National Park, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland celebrated the Department of the Interior’s commitment of close to $100,000 in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The park’s ecosystem restoration project will rehabilitate and improve safety on trails, as well as protect archeological and natural resources on Santa Cruz Island. The project will be carried out in partnership with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.  

“Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we are advancing partnerships between the federal government and tribes to support access to clean air, clean water and a better environment for future generations,” said Assistant Secretary Newland. “As we make essential investments through this transformative law to conserve ecosystems, mitigate the risk of wildland fire and maintain our national parks, the support and ingenuity of local partners and tribes who know these natural treasures best is critical.”  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests $1.4 billion for ecosystem restoration efforts over the next five years, building on proven projects, programs and partnerships that conserve cherished wildlife and natural resources critical to supporting local economies, creating jobs and strengthening communities. 

The project funding announced will be carried out under a Task Agreement with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, engaging their fire department in trail construction and their cultural department in resources protection. The project will work to protect natural and archeological areas and enhance visitor experience and public safety by improving corridors and trail conditions on three miles of the park’s most heavily used trails as well close and restore approximately 1,000 ft. of unapproved trails. The project will also protect native plant communities and areas with archaeological resources while adapting existing historic routes for accessible and safe public access.