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Fish, Wildlife And Plant Conservation Resource Management

Program Descriptions

Program Number

15.231

Title

Fish, Wildlife And Plant Conservation Resource Management

 

Federal Agency

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

 

Authorization

Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended, Public Law 94-579; The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, Public Law 93-205; Sikes Act, Public Law 93-452; Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Water Resources Developments Coordination Act, as amended, Public Law 85-624; Oceans Act of 1992, Public law 102-587; The Wyden Amendment, 16 U.S.C. 1011(a), as Amended by Public Law 105-277, Section 136.

 

Status

Active

 

Objectives

To manage fish, wildlife and plant conservation resources on the public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Types of Assistance

Project Grants; Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; Provision of Specialized Services; Advisory Services and Counseling; Dissemination of Technical Information; Training.

 

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects are primarily conducted on lands administered by the BLM but may also be conducted on other public or private lands. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used to help protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plant conservation resources and to provide related public contact/education opportunities. No regular discretionary fund is available. Funding is highly variable each fiscal year.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Anyone/general public.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All Public Land users.

Credentials/Documentation

For grants awarded, cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and Local Governments; OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions; OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations; and Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 31.2 for private foundations, firms, individuals, and other nonprofits excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-122.

 

Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Coordinate cooperative project proposals with BLM State or District/Field Offices. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Offers of Assistance are coordinated by Bureau State and District/Field Offices. No specific application forms apply, except for grants awarded, the standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations", must be used by this program.

Award Procedure

Projects are reviewed at State level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director or District/Field Office Manager.

Deadlines

None.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Projects are approved through the Bureau budget cycle that normally requires at least one year to receive funding.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

 

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory matching funds requirement, however, applicants offering matching funds are more likely to be funded.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No specific restrictions, however, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year.

 

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Performance monitoring schedules and/or progress reports will be developed in consultation with the applicant, but at a minimum will take place at least once annually and upon completion a final project report.

Audits

Projects will be audited at least once during life cycle. Grants awarded to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are subject to the audit requirements of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations". In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Records relating to work performed and costs are kept by the Bureau. There is no fixed records schedule. Records for grants awarded to State and Local Governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations".

 

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302.

Obligations

FY 07 $4,000,000; FY 08 est $2,274,000; and FY 09 est $3,125,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have ranged from $1,000 to $100,000. Average amounts run about $10,000 or less.

 

Program Accomplishments

BLM continues to maintain and expand partnerships in the management of fish, wildlife and botany resources. BLM uses challenge cost share and cooperative conservation initiative grants whenever possible on projects of mutual benefit to rural communities, counties, and cities in the western United States for management of Public Lands.

 

Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

BLM's fish, wildlife and botany program is generally guided by provisions in 43 CFR Part 6000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for recreation (BLM Manual 6500) and may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.

 

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Group Manager, Fish, Wildlife and Botany Group, Bureau of Land Management (WO 230), 1849 C St, N.W., LSB 204, Washington, DC 20240-9998. Telephone: (202) 452-5133. Please contact the specific BLM State Office where you wish to apply.

Web Site Address

http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm

 

Related Programs

None.

 

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects funded include vegetation, rare and threatened and endangered plants and botanical surveys; fish and wildlife survey and monitoring; habitat use and condition surveys; habitat improvement or protection projects.

 

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to BLM land management and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.



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