National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

The Secretary of the Interior shall assist, advise, and cooperate with States or their political subdivisions, landowners, private organizations, other federal agencies or authorized wild and scenic river management councils or
committees to plan, protect, and manage river resources associated
with those rivers designated into the National Wild and Scenic River system for which the Department of Interior is authorized to act as the federal administrator.
Such assistance, advice and cooperation may be through written agreements or otherwise.

This program has dual objectives:

1) Encourage cooperation in the planning and administration of components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (16 U.S.C.

1281(e)); and
2) Encourage participation in the acquisition, protection, and management of river resources, for rivers within or outside the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (16 U.S.C.

1282(b)(1)).

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 NPS Regional Offices or individual NPS wild and scenic rivers.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is to be used to provide for the long term protection, preservation, and enhancement of rivers designated into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (see P.L.

90-542, as amended); for which the National Park Service has assumed administrative responsibilities on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.

Funding is intended to encourage participation in the acquisition, protection, and management of river resources as more fully described in each river?s comprehensive river management plan or enabling legislation.

Funding may be available to support the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and general river conservation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States or their political subdivisions, landowners, private non-profit organizations, other federal agencies or duly authorized by a river?s enabling legislation wild and scenic river management councils or committees.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States or their political subdivisions, landowners, private non-profit organizations, other federal agencies or duly authorized by a river?s enabling legislation wild and scenic river management councils or committees.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants are required to register with http://www.sam.gov in order to register an entity must have a valid DUNS number. Authorized Wild and Scenic River management councils or committees must submit an annual work plan. 2 CFR, part 200, in its entirety, applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

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. 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 www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to competitive announcements on grants.gov are reviewed through a merit-based process, and rated as stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposed based on the amount of funding available each year. A proposal may also be submitted via a letter of intent to the National Park Service office servicing the agreement. Said letter may lead to direct face to face negotiations resulting in a financial assistance agreement.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, 16 U.S.C 1281(e) and Section 1282(b)(1) use of cooperative agreement.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally 30 to 90 days.

Appeals

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

Renewals

Yes, In accordance with the applicable requirements for extensions and renewal under the appropriate regulations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. 50%, as applicable. When base funds are available through these cooperative agreements, this program has no matching requirements, although matching may provide incentives as mutually agreeable. When funds are made available from the NPS Challenge Cost-Share program, if the project will be credited to that program, at least a 50-50 non-Federal match is required. Such matches can include in-kind services, volunteer hours, and other non-monetary services. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative Agreements generally have a period of performance of up to five years. Funding availability and source will be a factor in determining the length of assistance. Reimbursement is accomplished as outlined in the proposal and subsequent task agreements based on the particular project requirements. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement is accomplished as outlined in the proposal and subsequent task agreements based on the particular project requirements.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

All organizations will be required to submit a minimum of a yearly narrative summary accomplishments reports to the National Park Service in accordance with the terms of each agreement.

All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed upon scope of work.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Reports and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

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

Per 2 C.F.R. 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1103-6-1-303 - NR MGMT/OPN-P/Water Resources.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $1,200,000; and FY 18 est $1,200,000 - $0.00 ? New CFDA program initiated in FY 2016.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $20,000.00 - $350,000.00 Average: $85,000.00.

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. See NPS Regional Offices or individual NPS wild and scenic rivers.

Headquarters Office

Joan Harn National Park Service NPS National Wild and Scenic River Steering Committee 1849 C Street, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Joan_Harn@nps.gov Phone: (202) 354-6929

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria may vary somewhat from region to region however all projects must assist directly with implementing comprehensive wild and scenic river management plans. These criteria may vary somewhat from region to region. Fosters components of the National Trails System. Helps local trail office carry current program objectives. Helps complete work started in previous years. Enhances public understanding and appreciation of a trail or the entire Trails System. Can be accomplished within the next year.



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