Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance

To provide technical and financial assistance to other federal agencies, states, local governments, native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, citizen groups, and land owners on the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources, including minimizing the establishment, spread,

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and impact of aquatic invasive species.

This includes co-management of marine mammals by Alaskan natives for subsistence use.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: ANS - FY17: Funding for the State/Interstate ANS Management Plan Grant Program supported 43 State/Interstate AIS Programs and was also used to: 1) support watercraft inspection and decontamination efforts in many western states working to prevent the further spread of quagga and zebra mussels; 2) address control issues related to hydrilla (CT and OH), purple loosestrife, and yellow iris (WI), flathead catfish (GA), Phragmites (WI and VA), watersnakes (CA), and Asian clams (Lake Tahoe); 3) conduct monitoring efforts for invasive mussels (throughout the west), crayfish (OK), VHS (IL), water milfoil, brittle naiad, and many other AIS (IA), starry stonewort (MN), charrua mussel (SC), and grass shrimps, and Chinese mitten crab (RI); and 4) support aquatic invasive species education and outreach needs across a large number of states; and 5) conduct research on island apple snail (SC) and an invasive plant called water wheel (VA). NFHAP - FY17: Roosevelt Lake, AZ Habitat Enhancement Project The NFPP funded projects ranging from water diversions, to road stream crossing ? culverts ? and small dam removals such as the West Fork dam removal in West Virginia where the dam was removed to restore habitat to mussels and fish and has also increased their water quality for the towns surrounding the removal.

Fiscal Year 2018: ANS - No current data available. NFHAP - Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

NFPP - Program anticipates funding projects that address the goals of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and the Fish Habitat Partnerships.

Fiscal Year 2019: ANS - No current data available. NFHAP - Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

NFPP - Program anticipates funding projects that address the goals of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and the Fish Habitat Partnerships.


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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Michigan Department Of Natural Resources $ 3,500   2009-03-092028-04-01
Klamath Tribes, The $ 500,000   2019-06-012024-05-31
Mountain Institute, Inc. (the) $ 10,612   2019-04-012024-03-31
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe $ 40,000   2019-03-012024-02-28
Utah State University $ 55,000   2019-03-012024-02-28
Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association $ 86,000   2018-06-012023-12-31
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Council $ 40,000   2018-10-012023-12-31
Wildlife, Nevada Department Of $ 47,695   2018-08-312023-09-30
Game And Fish, North Dakota Department Of $ 52,563   2019-02-272023-09-30
Caddo Biocontrol Alliance, Inc. $ 20,000   2018-08-312023-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: ANS - FY17: 43 State/Interstate ANS Management Plans and corresponding State AIS Programs supported via the State/Interstate ANS Management Plan Grant Program. NFHAP - FY17: In FY17 the program issued 80 grant awards. NFPP ? FY17: Program identified over 300 projects ? in conjunction with partners ? and funded up to 95 projects. Fiscal Year 2018: As many as 43 State Plans and corresponding State AIS Programs may be supported. NFHAP - In FY18 we anticipate receiving up to 100 applications and issue between 70 to 80 grant awards. In FY18 the NFPP program anticipates identifying over 300 projects- in conjunction with partners- and funding up to 150 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: As many as 43 State Plans and corresponding State AIS Programs may be supported; there is the possibility of a couple more if new State Plans are approved. NHFAP - We will likely receive up to 100 applications and issue between 60 to 70 grant awards. n FY19 the NFPP program anticipates identifying over 300 projects in conjunction with partners and funding up to 150 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to conduct fish and wildlife management activities that align with the conservation, restoration, and management goals and priorities of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices.

This includes goals and priorities identified by the National Fish Passage Program (NFPP), the individual partnerships under the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP), and work conducted under the Strategic Plan.

Restoration work can consist of habitat construction activities such as culvert replacements, dam removals, fish way construction, installation of fish habitat structures and vegetation plantings.

Examples of funded activities include habitat restoration (stream improvements or deconstruction of barriers to increase quality of aquatic habitats), monitoring and assessment, removal of barriers to passage, fish propagation, and aquatic plant establishment.

This also includes efforts to minimize the establishment, spread, and impact of aquatic invasive species, including those efforts conducted under the auspices of the State/Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Management Plan Grant Program.

Technical assistance ?in the form of advice on biological, chemical, and/or physical aspects of a project ?is also available to awardees.

Awardees are expected to include a public outreach component in their project.

Applicants applying for State/Interstate ANS Management Plan funds must be a State or Interstate organization with an ANS Task Force approved plan.

For the State/Interstate ANS Management Plan (SIANSMP) Grant Program, there is a 5 percent cap on administrative costs for the grants.

100% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be other federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, native American organizations, interstate, intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, nonprofit/organization, private landowners, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the U.S.

Fish and Wildlife Service on a cost recoverable basis.

Applicants applying for State/Interstate ANS Management Plan funds must be a State or Interstate organization with an ANS Task Force approved plan.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, Native Americans, Interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests that support the mission of the Service on a cost recoverable basis.

Credentials/Documentation

There must be factual evidence of the need for management assistance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants must have (or obtain) a DUNS number and EIN/TIN to apply for funding. If a proposed project will cause a significant environmental impact, then an environmental impact statement should be prepared and provided with the application.

Applicants must provide documentation detailing the findings of an environmental impact assessment for sites where proposed habitat improvements will occur as part of the application process for NFHP funding.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An approved State ANS Management Plan is needed for the State ANS Management Plan Grant program. See www.Grants.gov for additional information and application procedures. To apply for NFHP funds, applicants must contact the appropriate Fish Habitat Partnership or visit www.Grants.gov for application procedures and requirements.

Award Procedures

After considering program commitments and obligations, grant or cooperative agreement recipients will generally be informed by electronic correspondence via email.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666; Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; Sikes Act, 16 U.S.C. §§670(a)-670(o); Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §3101; Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, 16 U.S.C. §§4701-4741; and Lacey Act, 16 U.S.C §3376(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

National Fish Passage Program projects are identified throughout the year. Projects are to be submitted through the regions .Awards are approved annually. Unfunded projects that are ranked highly by the Regional Directors of the 8 USFWS Regions are maintained in a FWS database until the project is funded or no longer viable.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. The State ANS Management Plan Grant Program requires a 25% match by the States. The National Fish Passage Program and National Fish Habitat Partnership do not have matching requirements, however; partner contributions of at least 50% of project costs are encouraged. The extent of partner contributions may be a factor in selection of projects to be funded. This program does not have MOE requirements. None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Annual awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, or as unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

See award notice for reporting requirements and procedures.

Cash reports are not required; however, cash reports maybe required for some awardees.

Refer to the award notice for cash reporting requirements and procedures.

Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports.

Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR Part 170.

Audits

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

Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $3,176,156; FY 18 est $3,176,156; and FY 19 est $3,176,156 - NFHAP - (Discretionary): FY17 $3,176,156; FY18 $3,176,156; FY19 $3,176,156. FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $13,900,000; FY 18 est $13,900,000; and FY 19 est $13,900,000 - NFPP ? (Discretionary) National Fish Passage Program: FY17 $13,900,000 FY18 $13,900,000; FY19 est $13,900,000. FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $2,000,000; FY 18 est $2,000,000; and FY 19 est $2,000,000 - ANS - (Discretionary) State/Interstate ANS Management Plan Grant Program: FY17: $2,000,000; FY18: $2,000,000; FY19 $2,000,000. FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range is $1,000 to $750,000; Average $75,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See Fish Passage Policy 710 FW 1 (http://www.fws.gov/policy/710FW1.html) and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan Policy (http://www.fws.gov/policy/717fw1.html). Annual reports, special reports, and Fish and Wildlife Management Plans are also available at www.fws.gov/fisheries.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Julie Jackson Fish and Aquatic Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: FAC, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: Julie_jackson@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358-2373

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See National Fish Habitat Action Plan Policy at: http://www.fws.gov/policy/717fw1.html.



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