Natural Resource Stewardship

The Natural Resource Stewardship program is the principle means through which the NPS evaluates and improves the health of watersheds, landscapes, and marine and coastal resources, sustains biological communities on the lands and waters in parks, and actively endeavors to improve the resiliency of these

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natural resources and adapt them to the effects of climate change.

The National Park Service (NPS) conducts natural resource stewardship largely at the park level, utilizing park personnel and contractor or cooperative support.

To carry out and further this stewardship responsibility, the Service implements programs that encompass a broad range of research, operational, and educational activities.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Stewardship projects that support the NPS mission at various National Parks, Sites, Trails.

Fiscal Year 2017: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No information 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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Montana Technological University $ 141,500   2013-05-012014-04-30
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Over 80 awards were made to organizations throughout the United States. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds used for all aspects of natural resource (air, water, geological, biological) stewardship activities, including but not limited to resource inventories and monitoring, restoration projects, wildlife and plant management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property.

Contact the Headquarters Office for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, or tribal governments, other Federal agencies, other public entities, educational institutions, private nonprofit organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


Applicant entities must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project. If applying as a nonprofit organization, proof of nonprofit status will be required. Examples of prior work in technical areas related to management and research in natural areas is required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.

Environmental impact assessment or statement may be required for projects within this program.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is 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. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response announcements on are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.


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


54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 USC §101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority; 54 U.S.C. §101702(b) Cooperative Agreements, Cooperative Research and Training Programs; 54 USC §100703 Cooperative Study Units; and 54 U.S.C. §101702(d)(1) Cooperative Agreements for System Unit Natural Resource Protection.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact. Generally 30 to 60 days.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Recipients share some project or program costs. The cost-sharing arrangements are developed between NPS and the recipients in advance of the program unless otherwise stated by Congress. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Depends on complexity of project. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released on a reimbursable basis as costs are incurred.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (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.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.


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.


Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $13,314,435; FY 17 est $10,000,000; and FY 18 est $8,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $4,000.00 - $185,000.00 Average: $55,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Karel Morales 1201 Eye Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Phone: (202)513-7204

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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