Invasive and Noxious Plant Management

To encourage interested State and local governments and Federal agencies to work together to inventory, manage, restore, educate, reduce the spread of, and prevent the further invasion and establishment of noxious, invasive weeds, and other invasive species.

These entities will develop and implement

credit:
Integrated Pest Management Plans (IMPs) to develop and implement projects that foster consultation and cooperation among stakeholders, interested parties, and the public and to organize, finalize, and develop projects to implement IPM plans for noxious weeds or invasive species within a specific geographic area.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Projects funded encouraged the State and the Bureau of Land Management to work together to control, manage and eradicate undesirable invasive species on Federal, State, and private lands.

By working together entire areas are treated to control and prevent the spread of invasive and noxious or undesirable plants and other invasive species within the close proximity of public lands.

BLM completed project in the State of NV, ID, MT, and WY.

Fiscal Year 2017: Project will be the same as FY16.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data 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.

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Bureau of Land Management and Western States have worked together with private and non-Federal landowners to prevent, contain, and control the spread of invasive and noxious weeds and other invasive species. Because invasive and noxious weeds and other invasive species ?know no boundaries,? their introduction and spread from one owner's water and land to another, requires a joint effort to control, manage, and eradicate in order to reduce the invasive species adverse impacts on public and private lands and reduce costs to all land owners. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used on public, State county, and private lands for approved projects that prioritize and target undesirable plant species or group of species to be controlled or contained within a specific geographic area.

Describe the integrated pest management system to be used to control or contain the targeted undesirable invasive species or groups of species; and detail the means of implementing the integrated pest management system, define the duties of the Federal agency and the State agency in prosecuting that method, and establish a timeframe for the initiation and completion of the tasks specified in the integrated management system.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/General public.

Credentials/Documentation

None. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Coordinate cooperative project proposals with Bureau of Land Management local State or District office for more information and local requirements.

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. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and submitted through www.grants.gov. State plan is not required for this application.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Plant Protection Act of 2000 (PL 106-224), Federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974 (Section 15), 7 USC 2814; P.L. 93-629, as amended by PL 101-624; Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements, 16 U.S.C. 1011, Public Law 104-208, Section 124, as amended, Public Law 105-277, Section 135.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each project at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.

Appeals

Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No specific restrictions for most projects, however, most projects are awarded for a five year period and funded on a year-by-year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date: (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 specific progress reports, property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

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

All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1109-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $7,258,967; FY 17 est $2,400,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have run between $1,000 to $567,000. Average amounts run about $31,600 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information about the Bureau of Land Management invasive and noxious plant management program can be found at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/weeds.html.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses of Bureau of Land Management State Offices.

Headquarters Office

Senior Weeds Specialist, Division of Forest, Rangeland, Riparian, and Plant Conservation, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street, MS: 2134LM, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7226

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant?s ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.



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