Invasive and Noxious Plant Management

 

To encourage interested State and local governments and Federal agencies to work together to inventory, manage, educate, reduce the spread of, and prevent the further invasion and establishment of noxious, invasive weeds, and other species. These entities will develop and implement Integrated Pest Management Plans to develop and implement projects that foster consultation and cooperation among stakeholders, interested parties, and the public and to organize, finalize, and develop projects to implement integrated pest management plans for invasive species within a specific geographic area.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.230
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; PROJECT GRANTS; TRAINING
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The State and Bureau of Land Management have worked together with private and non-Federal landowners to prevent, contain, and control the spread of invasive and noxious weeds and other invasive species. Because the plants and other invasive species move rapidly from one owner's water and land to another, joint efforts to control, manage, and eradicate, contain or control invasive and noxious weeds, and other invasive species can reduce adverse impacts on public and private lands and reduce costs to all land owners. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Authorization
Federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974, 7 U.S.C. 2814; Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. 1011, Public Law 104-208, Section 124, as amended, Public Law 105-277, Section 135; and Executive Order 13112, Invasive Species, February 3, 1999.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone/General public.
Credentials/Documentation
None. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Coordinate cooperative project proposals with Bureau of Land Management local State or District office for more information and local requirements. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standards Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov or via hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement. No State plan is required with this application.
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed at the Bureau of Land Management 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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
General criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their direct relationship to federal lands and a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used on public, State county, and private lands for approved projects that prioritize and target undesirable plant species or group of species to be controlled or contained within a specific geographic area; describe the intergrated pest management system to be used to control or contain the targeted undesirable invasive species or groups of species; and detail the means of implementing the integrated pest management system, define the duties of the Federal agency and the State agency in prosecuting that method, and establish a timeframe for the initiation and completion of the tasks specified in the integrated management system.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annually, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement that is terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, grantees must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end of grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory match requirements. However, applicant's matching funds are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.
Headquarters Office
Senior Weeds Specialist, Division of Rangeland Resources, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, MS: 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7226.
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/weeds/html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1109-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $4,371,893; FY 15 est $4,371,893; and FY 16 est $4,371,893
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have run between $1,000 to $567,000. Average amounts run about $31,600 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information about the Bureau of Land Management invasive and noxious plant management program can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/weeds.html.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Projects funded encouraged the State and the Bureau of Land Management to work together to control, manage and eradicate undesirable invasive species on Federal, State, and private lands. By working together entire areas are treated to control and prevent the spread of invasive and noxious or undesirable plants and other invasive species within the close proximity of public lands. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.

 



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