Partners for Fish and Wildlife


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Provide technical and financial assistance to private landowners, States, municipalities, and Native American Tribes interested in voluntarily restoring or otherwise improving native habitats for fish and wildlife on their lands.

Deliver Department of Interior priorities to the American people.
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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Montana: Blackfoot River MT-BF-17-23 Providing angling opportunities This project provides improved instream and riparian habitat conditions that will benefit local fisheries population as well as downstream populations in the Blackfoot river drainage.

Specifically, the priority species to benefit are the sensitive westslope cutthroat trout.

Trying to keep species off the Endangered Species List is a goal for the program.

The project will also benefit other aquatic invertebrates, amphibian and native riparian plant communities.

The project improved recreational opportunities for anglers and miles of habitat Utah: UT-2017-006 Restoring Trust and Being a Good Neighbor The purpose of this project is to allow the landowner to manage grazing on riparian and upland areas.

The private property is within an area that is primarily Federally owned.

A plan has been developed to consolidate grazing allotments and rotate through the area and the landowner would like to be able to have better grazing control on the private property.

To continue managing the grazing on the privately owned property the boundary fence was repaired to insure the landowner can maintain grazing control on sagebrush acres and riparian areas of a stream.

Oklahoma: 1014365-MH_Wetland Providing hunting opportunities The property can be described as an upland savanna habitat with adjacent riparian habitat.

The area is vegetated with introduced grasses and native grasses scattered across the upland habitat with a variety of hardwoods tree species in the riparian habitat.

Habitat treatments include restoring a 3 acre wetland, enhance 14 acres of riparian habitat to benefit federal trust resource species and migratory birds by constructing a fence to protect the area from livestock grazing.

Water levels will be allowed to fill in the winter months for waterfowl use and recreational opportunities.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that voluntarily restores habitat for wildlife and recreational benefits to the American people.

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

Program anticipates funding projects that voluntarily restores habitat for wildlife and recreational benefits to the American people.


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 Regional Agency Offices.

Visit http://www.fws.gov/partners for contact information.

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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Te-mamou Flyers, Inc. $ 6,000   2005-05-012030-05-01
Lundell Farming Company $ 24,000   2005-03-012030-03-01
Texas A&m University System,the $ 75,000   2018-06-012023-05-31
Center For Natural Lands Management Inc $ 50,000   2018-09-012022-08-31
Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Department Of $ 1,144,214   2018-08-012022-06-30
Texas A&m University System,the $ 150,000   2017-05-012022-04-30
Undisclosed Recipient $ 23,575   2011-07-122021-09-30
Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Department Of $ 1,155,498   2017-08-012021-06-30
Regents Of The University Of Michigan-$ 7,495   2011-05-102021-05-10
Texas A&m University System,the $ 100,000   2016-07-012020-10-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: The Program completed 2,511 projects that enhanced and restored over 200,000 acres of habitat, 298 river miles, and 78 fish passage structures. Fiscal Year 2018: The Program expects to complete at a minimum 900 project accomplishments. Fiscal Year 2019: The Program expects to complete a minimum of 900 project accomplishments.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The PFW program uses congressionally appropriated funding in accordance with the Partner for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C.

3771-3774.

Assistance provided to private landowners (defined to include individuals, private citizens, local governments, municipalities, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations) and Native American Tribes.

Program goal is to achieve a 50 percent cost share on projects with leveraged funds and in-kind contributions provided by the landowners and other partners.

Projects must be located on private lands.

The term ?private land? is defined in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act as any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State.

It also includes tribal land and Hawaiian homeland.

100% of funds are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Private landowners, tribal governments, local and state governments, educational and non-profit institutions and organizations are eligible for financial and technical assistance from Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

Projects must be located on private lands.

Private land is defined by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C.

3771-3774, as any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State.

Private land includes tribal land and Hawaiian homeland.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private landowners, tribal governments, local and state governments, educational and non-profit institutions and organizations are eligible for financial and technical assistance from Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Projects must be located on private lands. Private land is defined by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act of 2006, 16 U.S.C. 3771-3774, as any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State. Private land includes tribal land and Hawaiian homeland.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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. The local Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator works with the applicant and makes a site visit to design a project that will benefit Federal trust resources and is acceptable for the landowner's needs. Contact the appropriate Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Office for application procedures. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF424A and SF 424B - Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D - Construction) Information is also available at http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

After a project has been designed and the cost calculated, the local Partners Program coordinator will be able to inform the private landowner whether or not the Service will provide cost-share assistance. When the landowner has signed a cooperative agreement (a minimum of 10 years) work can begin on the project. The Service reimburses the landowner after the project is completed.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §§3771-3774; Fish and Wildlife Act; 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

None. Private land owners may request additional projects on their lands.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. The Program goal is to obtain a 50 percent match of Federal monies by partnering with landowners, local community groups and other local and national conservation organizations. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cost-share is a one time event that occurs after project construction. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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.

Records

Accomplishments are recorded for each project in the Habitat Information Tracking System (HabITS). HabITS tracks habitat improvement accomplishments and program-specific technical assistance workloads associated with the Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 $52,000,000; FY 18 est $52,000,000; and FY 19 est $52,000,000 - Project Grants (Discretionary): FY17 $52,000,000; FY18 $52,000,000; FY19 $52,000,000 are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Cost-share range per project is from $200 to $25,000. The average cost per project is $5,400.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For information about Program policy and guidelines see the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Management Policy in the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, 640 FW1 (at http://www.fws.gov/policy/640fw1.html).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Visit http://www.fws.gov/partners for contact information.

Headquarters Office

Matt Filsinger Branch of Habitat Restoration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Phone: (703) 358-2011

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All projects must benefit Federal trust species, involve partnerships, be-cost effective, and where applicable involve on-the-ground habitat restoration. Specific criteria for reviewing and ranking projects were established in the national Partners policy, at https://www.fws.gov/policy/640fw1.html. The program gives high priority to proposed projects that benefit the National Wildlife Refuge System, species at risk, conserve globally or nationally imperiled habitats; and reduce habitat fragmentation. Please review the annual Notice of Availability of Federal Assistance for additional selection criteria referenced in http://www.grants.gov.



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