Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration

To provide competitive matching grants to coastal States for coastal wetlands conservation projects.

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101-646 U.S.C.

3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Grays Harbor, WA -The Washington State Department of Ecology, partnering with Ducks Unlimited, was awarded $1 million to acquire 1,750 acres of diverse and threatened habitats, including wetlands in Grays Harbor County, Washington.

The project site is located within close proximity to protected areas, including Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.

Multiple fish and bird species that use watershed along with elk, deer, black bear and river otters will benefit from the protection. Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area, WI - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was awarded $152,496 to help acquire and protect 140 acres on the Red Banks Alvar State Natural Area located adjacent to the Bay of Green Bay in Brown County, Wisconsin.

The property is dominated by palustrine emergent, scrub/shrub and forested wetlands that provide important habitat for the threatened dwarf lake iris as well as migratory and breeding birds and other wildlife.

Lower Altamaha River watershed, GA - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) was awarded $1 million to acquire and protect approximately 2,091 acres of diverse habitat known as Sansavilla Phase 4.

This tract is part of a long-term initiative by GA DNR, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S.

Marine Corps, to conserve priority habitats in the lower Altamaha River watershed.

More than 100 rare plants and animals occur within the tidal wetlands and adjacent uplands; of these 15 are federally listed as threatened or endangered, and 17 are state listed and are considered globally rare or imperiled.

Fiscal Year 2018: Kanaha Pond Wildlife Sanctuary - The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is proposing to restore 240 acres of coastal wetlands by removing introduced predators and re-planting habitat within the Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary on the island of Maui.

DLNR will restore the area by building a predator-proof fence around the sanctuary, removing predators inside the fence, and replanting areas with native Hawaiian wetland plants.

Follets Island Conservation Initiative ?The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing to provide long-term protection for 148.8 acres of coastal and estuarine barrier island habitats including vegetated and non-vegetated estuarine intertidal marsh, estuarine shallow open water, a small amount of palustrine marsh, coastal prairie, dune (natural and restored) and intertidal beach habitats.

Texas coastal wetlands are highly productive biologically and serve as nursery grounds for over 95% of the recreational and commercial fish species found in the Gulf of Mexico.

Iliamna Islands Conservation Easements - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Conservation Fund and the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, is proposing to complete the purchase of two conservation easements in northeast Lake Iliamna, in Southwest Alaska.

The easements protect a total of 13,876 acres of wetlands habitat in Lake Iliamna, covering 173 total islands with 283 miles of shoreline.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects for acquisition of interests in coastal lands or waters, and for restoration, enhancement or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems.


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 - None.

Region 1 - American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington: Jim Duffy USFWS-WSFR 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232 503-231-2096 james_duffy@fws.gov Region 2 - Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas: Kelly Oliver-Amy USFWS-WSFR P.O.

Box 1306 500 Gold Avenue, SW, Room #8514 Albuquerque, NM 87103 505-248-7457 kelly_oliver-amy@fws.gov Region 3 - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin: Casey Nelson USFWS-WSFR 5600 American Blvd.

West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 612-713-5143 casey_nelson@fws.gov Region 4 - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U. S. Virgin Islands: Torre Anderson USFWS-WSFR 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30345 (404)679-4168 torre_anderson@fws.gov Region 5 - Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia: Shelley DiBona USFWS-WSFR 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 413-253-8509 Shelley_dibona@fws.gov Region 7 - Alaska: Doug McBride USFWS-WSFR 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261 Anchorage, AK 99503 (907)786-3631 doug_mcbride@fws.gov Region 8 - California and Nevada: Becky Miller USFWS-WSFR 2800 Cottage Way Room W-1729 Sacramento, CA 95825 916-.978-.6182 becky_miller@fws.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
State Coastal Conservancy $ 1,000,000   2019-01-012024-12-31
State Coastal Conservancy $ 1,000,000   2020-06-012024-12-30
State Coastal Conservancy $ 0   2010-01-042024-10-01
State Coastal Conservancy $ 1,000,000   2020-01-012024-01-01
New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection $ 1,000,000   2020-07-012023-12-31
New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection $ 0   2020-07-012023-12-31
State Coastal Conservancy $ 408,275   2021-01-012023-12-30
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 275,881   2018-10-012023-09-30
State Coastal Conservancy $ 1,000,000   2016-08-012023-07-01
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida $ 1,000,000   2019-07-012023-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The program received 25 applications and issued 20 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: The program received 29 applications and issued 22 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: The program anticipates receiving 30 applications and issuing 22 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are available to coastal States for acquisition of interests in coastal lands or waters, and for restoration, enhancement or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems.

One hundred percent of Program funds are discretionary and are awarded on a competitive basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include any agency or agencies designated by the Governor of a coastal State.

It is usually a State natural resource or fish and wildlife agency.

Eligible coastal States are States bordering the Great Lakes (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin); States bordering the Atlantic, Gulf (except Louisiana), and Pacific coasts (Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington); and American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, Commonwealths, or territories as designated in the applicant eligibility section.

Credentials/Documentation

No credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

Environmental impact information is not 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.

Award Procedures

The Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service will select projects to be funded based on established criteria.

Deadlines

Jul 29, 2017 The Fiscal Year 2019 application deadline is 11:50 PM (PDT) on June 29, 2018.

Authorization

Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, 16 U.S.C. 3951-3957.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 150 days.

Appeals

Regional Directors will consider differences of opinion concerning the eligibility of proposals. Final determination rests with the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Renewals

Applications for successive project phases are competed as new project applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: States with a dedicated fund for land conservation are required to provide a minimum cost share equal to 25 percent of the grant request. All other States are required to provide a 50 percent cost share. We waive the first $200,000 of match for the following insular areas: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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.

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. In addition, they are subject to Program specific audits contracted by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Records

Cost records must be maintained separately for each project. Grantees must retain records, accounts, and supporting documents for three years after submission of final request for reimbursement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-8151-0-7-303.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $17,000,000; FY 18 est $18,000,000; and FY 19 est $17,000,000 - PROJECT GRANTS (Discretionary): FY17 $17,000,000; FY18 $18,800,000; and FY19 est. $17,000,000. Fiscal Year 2019 available funds are dependent on the amount of excise taxes collected from the sales of fishing tackle and equipment and motor boat fuel.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $125,000 - $1,000,000; Average: $575,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

50 CFR 84

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Region 1 - American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington: Jim Duffy USFWS-WSFR 911 NE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97232 503-231-2096 james_duffy@fws.gov Region 2 - Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas: Kelly Oliver-Amy USFWS-WSFR P.O. Box 1306 500 Gold Avenue, SW, Room #8514 Albuquerque, NM 87103 505-248-7457 kelly_oliver-amy@fws.gov Region 3 - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin: Casey Nelson USFWS-WSFR 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990 Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 612-713-5143 casey_nelson@fws.gov Region 4 - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Torre Anderson USFWS-WSFR 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240 Atlanta, GA 30345 (404)679-4168 torre_anderson@fws.gov Region 5 - Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia: Shelley DiBona USFWS-WSFR 300 Westgate Center Drive Hadley, MA 01035 413-253-8509 Shelley_dibona@fws.gov Region 7 - Alaska: Doug McBride USFWS-WSFR 1011 East Tudor Road, MS 261 Anchorage, AK 99503 (907)786-3631 doug_mcbride@fws.gov Region 8 - California and Nevada: Becky Miller USFWS-WSFR 2800 Cottage Way Room W-1729 Sacramento, CA 95825 916-.978-.6182 becky_miller@fws.gov.

Headquarters Office

Chris Darnell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, The National Refuge System - Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: chris_darnell@fws.gov Phone: (703) 358-1849

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications are scored and then ranked based on criteria published in 50 CFR 84.32. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and Attachment A to this NOFO for more information on ranking criteria. The NOFO is available at www.Grants.gov.


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