Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Resource Management

 

As an integral part of the Bureau of Land Management?s (BLM) mission, BLM provides national leadership to promote conservation of fish, wildlife and plant conservation, which will help restore and protect lands containing noteworthy resource values for regionally significant species of management concern or wetland and riparian areas; restore and protect crucial habitat through vegetation treatments, installation of wildlife friendly fences, and creating fish passages or barriers to protect aquatic species. Restoration of wildlife habitat to restore and protect sage grouse, desert tortoise, and other upland habitats for priority species as well as instream and riparian habitat for migratory birds, endangered or special status aquatic species and other native and priority species. Increase on-the-ground project work to conserve, restore, and reduce the threats to sage-grouse and other sensitive species in high priority habitats. Continue consistent habitat monitoring across the range of the Greater Sage-Grouse and other landscape species using the Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF) and the land use plan habitat objectives for sage grouse and other priority species. Continue seed collections within priority species habitat and continue to develop genetically appropriate native and non-native plant material for use in habitat restoration. Continue to work with partners to prioritize and implement priority species conservation actions. The BLM manages these resources in cooperation with states, tribes, other federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.231
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The highest priority areas for sage-grouse conservation within the BLM wildlife program are the Sagebrush Focal Areas identified by the FWS in October 2014 and subsequently identified by the BLM as Sagebrush Focal Areas in the proposed land use plans. Some of these Sagebrush Focal Areas cross state boundaries so those BLM State Offices will continue to demonstrate landscape scale management of sage-grouse habitats utilizing partners. BLM programs will work with partners to focus research on native plant materials development to get more diversity of native plant materials to the growers in the various ecoregions. Expand the work in the Great Basin to grow locally sourced sagebrush plants for use sage-grouse habitat restoration projects. Made over 530 awards - Assessment Inventory and Monitoring Strategy; Healthy Lands Projects. The highest priority areas for sage-grouse conservation within the BLM wildlife program are the Sagebrush Focal Areas identified by the FWS in October 2014 and subsequently identified by the BLM as Sagebrush Focal Areas in the proposed land use plans. Some of these Sagebrush Focal Areas cross state boundaries so those BLM State Offices will continue to demonstrate landscape scale management of sage-grouse habitats utilizing partners. BLM programs will work with partners to focus research on native plant materials development to get more diversity of native plant materials to the growers in the various ecoregions. Expand the work in the Great Basin to grow locally sourced sagebrush plants for use sage-grouse habitat restoration projects.
Fiscal Year 2017 Made over 530 awards - Assessment Inventory and Monitoring Strategy; Healthy Lands Projects. The highest priority areas for sage-grouse conservation within the BLM wildlife program are the Sagebrush Focal Areas identified by the FWS in October 2014 and subsequently identified by the BLM as Sagebrush Focal Areas in the proposed land use plans. Some of these Sagebrush Focal Areas cross state boundaries so those BLM State Offices will continue to demonstrate landscape scale management of sage-grouse habitats utilizing partners. BLM programs will work with partners to focus research on native plant materials development to get more diversity of native plant materials to the growers in the various ecoregions. Expand the work in the Great Basin to grow locally sourced sagebrush plants for use sage-grouse habitat restoration projects.
Fiscal Year 2018 Habitat restoration projects designed to improve big game hunting (pronghorn antelope, mule deer, etc.) opportunities as well as increasing forage production for livestock producers. Restoration projects of wildlife habitat areas affected by wildfire.
Fiscal Year 2019 Projects that support upland game habitat, recreational opportunities for hunting and livestock grazing. Wildlife Vegetation Trend Studies in big game areas.
Fiscal Year 2020 Data not available
Authorization
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 USC §1737 (b); Sikes Act,16 USC 670h(c); Good Neighbor Authority. 16 USC §2113a (b)(1)(A); and Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. Section 1011(b), as amended by Public Law 105-277 Section 136.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Good Neighbor Authority. 16 USC SS2113a (b)(1)(A) awards will only be made to State and local government Counties and Indian Tribes.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C-Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and submitted through www.grants.gov. State plan is not required for this application..
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project, but should not be more than five years. Further information will be available for each program at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
Appeals
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations, the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance Reports, unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit at the minimum an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary award date. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are funded on a year-by- year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief,
20 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 USA
gwalsh@blm.gov
Phone: (202) 912-7230
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1109-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$28,668,498.00; FY 19 est $12,423,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$60,960,949.00; FY 16$67,344,390.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $10,000 to $1,000,000. Average amounts approximately $68,300 or less.
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Projected projects: Sage Grouse as it pertains to Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Implementation, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Trails, Central AZ Grasslands, Upper Rio Grande, Milk River International, Central Basin and Range, Healthy Land Initiative Programs Bureau wide, and Native Plant Project. WY Sage Grouse as it pertains to Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Implementation, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Trails, Central AZ Grasslands, Upper Rio Grande, Milk River International Central Basin and Range, Healthy Land Initiative Programs Bureau wide, and Native Plant Project, WY Special Status Species Population and Habitat, AK Seeds of Success, WO Seed Strategy and Native Plan Development, ID Bird Conservation Partnership, Sage Grouse Habitat Owyhee Uplands.
Fiscal Year 2017 WY Sage Grouse as it pertains to Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Implementation, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Trails, Central AZ Grasslands, Upper Rio Grande, Milk River International Central Basin and Range, Healthy Land Initiative Programs Bureau wide, and Native Plant Project, WY Special Status Species Population and Habitat, AK Seeds of Success, WO Seed Strategy and Native Plan Development, ID Bird Conservation Partnership, Sage Grouse Habitat Owyhee Uplands.
Fiscal Year 2018 AK Monitoring Movements and Distribution of the Teshekpuk Caribou Herd, AZ Aquatic Invasive Species Program, CA Amargosa River Tamarisk Treatment, ID Wildlife Enclosures Maintenance to Protect Sensitive Wildlife Habitat
Fiscal Year 2019 WY Saratoga Encampment Rawlins Restoration and Enhancement Projects, ORWA CESU Assessment of Sage-grouse Response to Wildfire and Juniper Removal in SE OR, MT Montana Sage Grouse Grazing Study
Fiscal Year 2020 Data not available.