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

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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.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 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: Unknown data available.

Fiscal Year 2018: Unknown data available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Pamunkey Indian Tribe $ 16,131   2019-05-082020-09-30
Fish, Wildlife And Parks, Montana Department Of $ 159,000   2014-08-152019-08-14
Fish, Wildlife And Parks, Montana Department Of $ 24,493   2014-06-262019-06-25
Graham County Community College District $ 234,352   2012-09-152018-03-22
Nature Conservancy (the) $ 98,032   2012-10-012018-03-14
Northwest Nazarene University, Inc. $ 10,000   2012-06-182017-06-17
Fish And Game, Alaska Department Of $ 790,486   2011-05-232017-05-22
University Of Montana $ 22,000   2011-09-012016-09-30
San Diego Society Natural History $ 0   2012-06-072015-08-24
New Mexico Assoc Of Soil & Water Conservation $ 3,520,950   2007-08-272014-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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: Data is unknown at this time. Fiscal Year 2018: Data is unknown at this time.

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.


Not applicable. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State or District/Field Offices.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 and must include: the title, objectives, timeframes, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement. State plan is not required with this application.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding 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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Public Law 94-579, 43 USC §1737 (b); Sikes Act, Public Law 93-452 Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Water Resources Developments Coordination Act, 16 USC 661-666c P L 85-624, as amended. Section 664as amended, Public Law 85-624, Oceans Act of 1992, Public Law 102-587, Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. Section 1011(a), as amended by Public Law 105-277 Section 136, and Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, 42 USC Chapter 149, Subchapter III, Part A 15906 (2).

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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 announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the point of contacts listed in the funding opportunity announcement.


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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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. Projects will be audited at least once during life cycle.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $67,344,390; FY 17 est $67,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Division Chief, Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Bureau of Land Management (WO 230), 1849 C St, N.W., MS-5115, Washington, District of Columbia 20240-9998 Phone: (202) 912-7230.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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, 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 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.

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