Wildlife Resource Management


The Wildlife Program helps ensure self-sustaining populations and a natural abundance and diversity of wildlife on public lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. The Program is responsible for maintaining, restoring, and conserving species and their habitats in cooperation with the Federal and State wildlife agencies, and other partner organizations. BLM-administered public lands are home to thousands of mammal, reptile, avian, amphibian, and invertebrate species over some of our nation?s most ecologically diverse and essential habitat. The BLM will work with partners and maintain close collaboration with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, and other organizations in conserving and restoring wildlife habitats to support wildlife and wildlife uses under a shared conservation stewardship approach. The BLM uses the latest geospatial data technologies to share wildlife and wildlife data within BLM and with partners to work more efficiently. The Wildlife Program leverages funds with other BLM programs to address vegetation restoration that not only improves wildlife habitat, but also increases forage for livestock, improves water quality, removes invasive weed species, and reduces the threat for catastrophic wildfires. The BLM focusing work in areas to facilitate meeting the priorities of the Administration, Secretary, Congressional appropriations, and the BLM. This would include but not be limited to expanding hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities and identifying areas to increase access for these purposes; working with State agencies to meet State wildlife population objectives and working with rural communities to enhance economic opportunities related to wildlife; working to enhance habitat for upland game, waterfowl, big game and watchable wildlife species; providing employment opportunities for youths and veterans; providing consistent data to streamline energy and grazing permitting, and working with partners to provide data to streamline land use planning; and partnering with conservation stewardship organizations to increase habitat quality.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Made over 240 awards – Projects funded include those in collaboration with more than 20 western colleges and universities to advance knowledge for decision support tools and conservation practices. All western States Fish and Game agencies were awarded at least two to three awards to assist in achieving mutual objectives for wildlife conservation. Invasive species projects were awarded to at least 25 western counties to advance the control of invasive species that impact wildlife habitat. All wester bird observatories were awarded projects to help planning and NEPA decision support tool development. 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 assessment of other sage obligate species as BLM implements sagebrush conservation. BLM will support enhancement of knowledge of migratory pathways of migratory wildlife, in particular that of big game. In addition, will be partnering with states to assess conservation needs of species of economic value and species in decline.
Fiscal Year 2018 Projects funded include those in collaboration with western colleges and universities to advance knowledge for decision support tools and conservation practices. Western States Fish and Game agencies to assist in achieving mutual objectives for wildlife conservation. Invasive species projects were awarded to advance the control of invasive species that impact wildlife habitat.
Fiscal Year 2019 Monitoring of golden eagles and assess winter eagle and other raptor densities to document raptor migration volume at strategic observation points. Evaluate the effects of large-scale wildfire on sage-grouse habitat and population demographics and to improve emergency stabilization and rehabilitation efforts post-fire. Restore habitats to support habitat quality in big game migration by identifying specific seasonal pronghorn distribution and ranges.
Fiscal Year 2020 Data not available.
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, (FLPMA) 43 U.S.C. §1737 (b)
Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. §1101 (b)
Good Neighbor Authority 16 U.S.C. §2113a (b)(1)(A)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/general public with the exception of other federal agencies. Applicants must competitively apply to postings on Grants.gov to opportunities posted by the office that has funding and the desire to accomplish conservation cooperatively with an applicant that can deliver to a level of public purpose that addresses the wildlife conservation need outlined in the opportunity listing.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All Public Land users.
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 must be 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.
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.
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.
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. Projects not on public lands should demonstrate effects on wildlife resources that share use of public and non-public lands. Projects may also include development of decision support tools and information to enhance wildlife conservation. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used to help protect, restore, and assess wildlife resources and to provide related public contact/education opportunities. Funding is highly variable each fiscal year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Shall submit at the minimum an annual Performance Report in accordance with the 2 CFR, Part 200.328 within 90 days after the anniversary date or as indicated in the Notice of Award. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date.
Not applicable.
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. However, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and no more than five years. Funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. 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 of Fish, Wildlife & Plant Conservation
20 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 US
Phone: 202-912-7271.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$30,850,320.00; FY 19 est $15,135,700.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$27,411,958.00; - New Program
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
Manuals provide basic program operational guidance for Wildlife Conservation (BLM Manual 6500) may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office. In addition, 43 CFR 24 guides the BLM to collaboratively conserve resident wildlife with the state agencies. Migratory birds, a federal responsibility, also outlined in 43 CFR 24, are also collaboratively managed with state and other federal agencies. Sikes Act,16 USC 670h(c)
Examples of Funded Projects
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, WY Special Status Species Population and Habitat, multiple state Bird Conservation Partnerships for identifying sage obligate species information, Sage Grouse Habitat Owyhee Uplands, migration corridor assessment in Wyoming, grassland and desert scrub habitat assessment for birds and other species.
Fiscal Year 2018 Utah - Improving habitat quality in big game migration corridors: Identifying big game migration corridors by conducting research and gathering empirical data on wildlife movements. OR/WA -Western Snowy Plover: Study of winter use of the Western snowy plover on the Coos Bay North Spit to ensure plovers are protected appropriately based on data about their habitat use.
Fiscal Year 2019 Assess winter eagle and other raptor densities to document raptor migration volume at strategic observation points. Restoring habitats to support habitat quality in big game migration Quantify and evaluate the effects of spring cattle grazing on sage-grouse habitat and population demographics.
Fiscal Year 2020 Data not available


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