Rangeland Resource Management

 

To provide financial assistance, through grants or cooperative agreements to manage, develop and protect public lands and enhance the understanding of rangeland and watershed resources, their ecological processes, and capabilities in order to meet rangeland and water quality standards for the improvement of rangelands on public lands. Projects and livestock administration for the management of rangeland ecosystems are conducted in a coordinated manner and consider the interrelationships of living organisms of plants and animals, the physical environment of soil, water, air, and landscape characteristics when developing and implementing resource objectives and management actions. Systematic assessments and evaluations are conducted at the watershed, allotment, and in some instances, the landscape scale to determine if the standards and fundamentals for rangeland ecosystem health are being achieved.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.237
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING; Cooperative Agreements; TRAINING
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Bureau of Land Management maintained and expanded partnerships to include funding for activities within this program to include resource monitoring on rangelands, conducting upland health assessments and evaluations, use authorizations, allotment planning and administration, development of vegetation objectives, development of criteria and indicators to measure rangeland sustainability, integrated weed management, and activity plan development in connection with land use planning. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Authorization
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1737(b), Public Law 94-579, as amended; Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978, 43 U.S.C. 1906, Public Law 95-514 and the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934, 43 U.S.C. 315a, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices. No State plan is required with this application. 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, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal should be submitted through Grants.gov or via a hardcopy to the project office and include: a title, objectives, timeframe, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.
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
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Appeals
None. 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?
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?
Projects are limited to rangeland projects on public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management located mostly in the Western United States and Alaska. For more specific information contact the local or headquarters office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, 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 be extended, the grantee 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 date 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: The program has not statutory matching requirements. Matching funds or in-kind services by the applicant 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 one to five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. No commitment will be made to fund projects beyond one year. New and continuing projects will be re-evaluated each year based on performance, merit, and fund availability. 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
Division Chief Rangeland Resources, Bureau of Land Management (WO 220), 1849 C St., N.W.,
20 M St., SE, , Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7222
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/pro/grazing.l.html.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1109-0-1-302.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $405,325; FY 15 est $405,325; and FY 16 est $405,325
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have run between $5,000 to $180,000. Average amounts run about $49,300 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Bureau of Land Management's Rangeland and Management program is generally guided by the provisions in 43 CFR Part 4000. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals and handbooks providing basic program operational guidance for Rangeland Management are found in BLM Manuals 4000 series and may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Cooperative rangeland management projects that developed criteria and indicators for measuring sustainability of rangelands. Projects that provided range management education and training for grazing permittees and agency staff. Conducted invasive and weed species inventory. Conducted integrated weed management planning and treatment. Projects that supported technical and applied rangeland and grazing management information for dissemination, such as support for Grazinglands Conservation Initiative Convention and the International Rangelands Congress. Projects that promoted general public education and information on values of proper livestock grazing management. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.

 



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