Endangered Species Conservation-Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation and Prevention

To provide federal financial assistance to livestock producers undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves and to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses due to such predation.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: While final awards have not been determined, grants totaling $900,000 will be awarded to states and tribes to support depredation compensation and predation prevention programs.

Grants totaling $450,000 will be used to help compensate livestock producers, as appropriate, for livestock losses due to predation.

Grants totaling $450,000 will be used to help implement non-lethal depredation prevention measures such as fladry, strobe lights, and range riders.

Fiscal Year 2018: The Program anticipates funding approximately 13 grants to fund projects similar to those supported in FY16.

Fiscal Year 2019: The Program anticipates funding approximately 13 grants to fund projects similar to those supported in FY16.


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.

FWS Region 1: If your project will occur in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Eastside Federal, Complex, 911 N.E.

11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181.

(208/ 685-6963). FWS Region 2: If your project will occur in Arizona or New Mexico, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW., Room 4012 Albuquerque, NM 87102.

(505/248-7465). FWS Region 3: If your project will occur in Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bishop Henry Whipple, Federal Building, One Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056.

(612/713-5343). FWS Region 6: If your project will occur in Montana or Wyoming, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.

(303/ 236-4211).




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Game And Fish, Arizona Dept Of $ 150,000   2022-01-012023-12-31
Game And Fish, Arizona Dept Of $ 120,000   2022-01-012023-12-31
Agriculture, Oregon Department Of $ 147,500   2021-10-012023-09-30
Species Conservation, Office Of $ 279,702   2021-07-262023-07-26
Livestock Loss Board, Montana $ 75,000   2021-07-012023-07-01
Livestock Loss Board, Montana $ 30,000   2021-07-012023-07-01
New Mexico State University $ 210,000   2021-07-302023-07-01
Game And Fish Commission, Wyoming $ 60,000   2021-07-012023-06-30
Confederated Tribes Of Warm Springs Reservation Of Oregon $ 46,490   2021-07-242023-02-28
California Department Of Fish And Wildlife $ 19,000   2022-01-012022-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: While final awards have not yet been approved, the Program received 18 proposals from eight states and one tribe requesting over $1.27 million in funds. The Service will award $450,000 to support depredation compensation activities and $450,000 to support prevention measures. Fiscal Year 2018: The Program anticipates receiving 20 applications and issuing 13 grants. Fiscal Year 2019: The Program anticipates receiving 20 applications and issuing 13 grants.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This financial assistance opportunity can be used by eligible States and Indian tribes in supporting projects that assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves or to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves.

Appropriated funds will be divided equally in support of these two objectives.

The creation of two separate sources of funding will allow the Service to ensure that the two objectives of the program: 1) assisting livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves and 2) compensating livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves, are addressed equally.

Qualifying projects must include at a minimum a 50 percent non-Federal cost share.

Yes, these restrictions can be found in Public Law 111-11, 123 Stat.1171 and Public Law 112-74.

100% of appropriated funds are set aside for discretionary activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments/agencies Indian tribes as defined in Public Law111-11.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual/ Family Small Business Profit Organization Private Organization Anyone/ General Public Farmer/ Rancher/ Agricultural Producer Small Business Person Land/ Property Owner.

Credentials/Documentation

Funds are available only to States and Indian tribes with prior history of wolf depredation. To be eligible to receive a grant, a State or Indian tribe must (1) designate an appropriate agency of the State or Indian tribe to administer the one or more programs funded by the grant; (2) establish one or more accounts to receive grant funds; (3) maintain files of all claims received under programs funded by the grant, including supporting documentation; (4) submit annual reports to the Secretary of the Interior that include a summary of claims and expenditures under the program during the year, a description of any action taken on the claims, and such other reports as the Secretary may require to assist the Secretary in determining the effectiveness of activities provided assistance through this program; (5) promulgate rules for reimbursing livestock producers under the program. Applicants are also required to fully assess any claim of livestock depredation prior to issuing payment. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Eligible State and Tribal applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate Regional Coordinators to ensure all eligibility, credentials, and documentation requirements are met prior to application.

An incomplete application will not be considered for funding.

An eligible State or Indian tribe may apply for either or both sources of funding, but a separate application must be provided for each source of funding.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible State and Tribal applicants must submit a project narrative identifying that they will adhere to P.L. 111-11. Applicants must also provide an Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) and supporting information. This form must be signed by the official with the authority and responsibility to commit the State or Tribal body to participate in the program. An eligible State or Indian tribe may apply for either or both sources of funding.

Award Procedures

Awards to eligible State and Indian tribes will be made as grants based on 1) the level of livestock predation in the State or on the land owned by, or held in trust for the benefit of, the Indian tribe; 2) whether the State or Indian tribe is located in a geographic area that is at high risk for livestock predation; 3) any other factors that the Secretary of the Interior determines appropriate.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666; Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. §1531 et. seq.; and Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009?Wolf Compensation and Prevention Program, Pub. L. 111-11, 123 STAT. 1171, §6202(a).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

120 days.

Appeals

Decisions can be appealed to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Chief, Endangered Species Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery, and State Grants. Final determination rests with the Secretary of the Interior.

Renewals

None. However, project applicants are not prohibited from submitting applications for consideration for funding in a subsequent year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: To meet the two objectives of the program, awards to eligible State and Indian tribes will be made as grants based on 1) the level of livestock predation in the State or on the land owned by, or held in trust for the benefit of, the Indian tribe; 2) whether the State or Indian tribe is located in a geographic area that is at high risk for livestock predation; 3) any other factors that the Secretary of the Interior determines appropriate. Qualifying projects must include at a minimum a 50 percent non-Federal cost share. The cost share may be cash or a third party in-kind contribution, such as volunteer efforts and donations of goods or services. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation or special award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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OMB Circulars A-102 Section_.40 and 2 CFR 215 also set forth requirements for submission of grantee program performance reports.

A performance report is due annually within 90 days of the anniversary of the start date of the grant and a final report is due 90 days after the grant expiration. A State or Indian tribe shall submit to the Secretary annual reports that include a summary of claims and expenditures under the program during the year and a description of any action taken on the claims.

Financial reporting requirements are specified in 2 CFR 200 and in the Interim Guidance for Financial Status and Performance Reporting, dated May 12, 2009.

Performance reporting requirements are specified in 2 CFR 200 and in the Interim Guidance for Financial Status and Performance Reporting, dated May 12, 2009.

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

The recipient is required to maintain files of all claims received under programs funded by the grant, including supporting documentation. Records must be maintained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until final action has been taken on any litigation, claim, or audit finding.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $900,000; FY 18 est $900,000; and FY 19 est $900,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $900,000 (est); FY18 $900,000 (est); FY19 $900,000 (est). FY18 and FY19 amounts are estimates based on previous year funding.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$9,000 - $100,000. Average grant award amount is $50,000 based on FY14 awards.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11)

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. FWS Region 1: If your project will occur in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Eastside Federal, Complex, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181. (208/ 685-6963). FWS Region 2: If your project will occur in Arizona or New Mexico, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW., Room 4012 Albuquerque, NM 87102. (505/248-7465). FWS Region 3: If your project will occur in Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bishop Henry Whipple, Federal Building, One Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056. (612/713-5343). FWS Region 6: If your project will occur in Montana or Wyoming, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228. (303/ 236-4211).

Headquarters Office

Chief, Ecological Services Division of Restoration and Recovery, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2171.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Awards to eligible State and Indian tribes will be made as grants based on (1) the level of livestock predation in the State or on the land owned by, or held in trust for the benefit of, the Indian tribe; (2) whether the State or Indian tribe is located in a geographic area that is at high risk for livestock predation; (3) any other factors that the Secretary of the Interior determines appropriate.


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