National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds.

The Foundation s method is simple and effective: to work with a full complement of individuals, foundations, government agencies, nonprofits,
and corporations to identify and fund the nation s most intractable conservation challenges.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Bring Back the Natives
Trout Unlimited, Inc., Upper Deschutes Watershed Native Trout Restoration Project
Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Whychus/Lake Creek (OR) Fish Passage and Screening - Phase I.
Siuslaw Watershed Council, Miller Creek Stream Enhancement
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Lower Deer Creek Yellowstone cutthroat trout protection
Lake County Resource Initiative, Thomas Creek Restoration Project
Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Riparian Ecosystem Restoration
Trout Unlimited, Inc, Rio Grande Cutthroat and Gila Trout Restoration, NM
Trout Unlimited, Inc., Reconnecting brook trout habitat in New England watersheds
Wyoming Game and Fish Department, LaBarge Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Restoration Project

Upper Mississippi River Watershed Program
The Nature Conservancy Swamp White Oak Woodland Restoration (IA)
Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, Middle Meramec River Conservation Opportunity Area (MO)
Trees Forever, Conservation Demonstration Sites in Flooded Watersheds (IA, IL)
Great River Greening, Anoka Sandplain Forest and Savanna Conservation (MN)
The Nature Conservancy, Oak Savanna Habitat Restoration (IN)
Great River Greening, Restoring the Lower St.

Croix Floodplain and Blufflands (WI, MN)
West Wisconsin Land Trust, Inc., Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area Oak Savanna Restoration (WI)
Ozark Regional Land Trust, Inc., Forest Protection in the Meramec River Watershed (MO)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Zumbro Bottoms Flood Plain Restoration (MN)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Glacial Lake Grantsburg Pine/Oak Barrens (WI)

Pulling Together Initiative
The Nature Conservancy, Controlling Invasive Plants through Forestry Management (VT)
Clearwater Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.

Frank Church Wilderness Weed Management Strategy
Mountain Valleys RC&D, Maintaining Momentum & Building Support for SACWMP
Clatsop Soil & Water Conservation District, Clatsop EDRR Initiative
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, Eastern Nevada/Western Utah Invasive Weed Control Program
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Raccoon Mountain Cooperative Weed Management Area
Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Invasive Weed Program
Marshall-Beltrami Soil & Water Conservation District, Marshall-Beltrami Weed Management Project
North Santiam Watershed Council, Stout to Valentine Creeks Weed Inventory and Control-OR-EDRR
Piedmont Environmental Council, EDRR Program for Wavyleaf Basketgrass in Virginia
USDA-Forest Service - Monongahela National Forest Development of West Virginia"s First CWPMA
California Invasive Plant Council, Invasive Plant Risk Mapping in the Sierra Nevada
Washington State Crupina Eradication Task Force, Pulling together to eradicate common crupina (WA)
Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Area, Southern Indiana Early Detection/Rapid Response Process
Shawnee Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc., Control, spread prevention and restoration in rights-of-way
Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Canada thistle cooperative control within the Anchorage CWMA

Great Lakes Restoration Grant Program
The Nature Conservancy, Improving Aquatic Habitat in the Two Hearted River (MI)
Bad River Watershed Association, Developing a Restoration/Protection Plan for the Marengo Basin (WI)

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant Program
The Potomac Conservancy, Inc., Protecting Water Quality in Cedar Creek, Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc., Upper Potomac Watershed Farm Stewardship II (MD, PA, WV)
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, Northern Shenandoah Valley Transfer of Development Rights Program

Native Plant Conservation Initiative
Coevolution Institute, Guides, Website, and Posters for Pollinator Habitat
Natureserve, Identifying Threats and Trends for Rare Plants on U.S.

Forest Service Lands
University of Flordia, Study of Abundance and Diversity of Native Bees (FL)
Michigan State University, Comparison of Flowering Plants for Attracting Native Bees (MI)
Regents of the University of California, Evaluation of Native Plants for Attracting Bees
Center For Plant Conservation, Ex Situ Plant Conservation of G2 species on USFS lands
Coevolution Institute, Pollinator Field Guide, Posters, Book, & Monitoring Protocol
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (U.S.), Inc., Ex situ conservation of four Red Listed Oak species

Wildlife and Habitat Keystone Initiative
Defenders of Wildlife, Conservation Registry
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, New England Cottontail Restoration (ME)
MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks Foundation, MT Cabinet-Yaak Mountains Grizzly Bear Augmentation
University of Montana, Swan Valley Grizzly Bear Monitoring (MT)

Forest Service, Hydrologic Assessment of Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration
American Rivers, Inc., Evaluating and Prioritizing Meadow Restoration in the Sierra
The Institute for Bird Populations, Standardizing Bird Surveys at Meadow Restoration Sites
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Bear Conflict Management in the Cabinet-Yaak region, MT
The Vital Ground Foundation, Selkirk-Cabinet-Purcell Linkage Zone Initiative (ID, MT)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Protecting the Tenderfoot Lands (MT)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana Crucial Areas and Connectivity Assessment
Environmental Defense Fund, Making Meadow Restoration Work for Ranchers (CA)
Sky Island Alliance, Coronado National Forest Cienega Restoration (NM)

Freshwater Fish Keystone Initiative
Arizona Game and Fish Department, Apache Trout Initiative (AZ)
Klamath Watershed Partnership, Restoring Key Fisheries in the Upper Klamath Basin
Arizona Game and Fish Department, Apache Trout Keystone Initiative
Trout Unlimited, Inc., Meadow Restoration to Sustain Stream Flows and Native Trout

Bird Keystone Initiative
National Wild Turkey Federation, Longleaf Restoration Partnership
Hawk Migration Association of North America, The Raptor Population Index Project
Cornell University, Golden-winged Warbler Conservation Initiative
Wildlife Management Institute, Recovery of Eastern Shrubland-Dependent Birds
University of Tennessee, Eastern Grassland Bird Initiative
American Bird Conservancy, Forestland BMPs for Golden-winged Warblers in PA & MD
Quail Unlimited, Upland Habitats Partnership.

Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - None.

USDA, Forest Service, National Forest System, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants, 201 14th Street, SW Washington, DC 20024 (street address and express mail).
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Wildlife and Habitat Keystone Initiatives
New England Cottontail (NEC) Habitat Restoration. York and Cumberland Counties, Maine, and New Hampshire. Partners spearheaded urgently needed on the ground habitat restoration for New England cottontail (NEC). Rapid progress in conserving and restoring habitat could improve NEC populations precluding a need for USFWS listing under the ESA. Conservation partners will enter landowner agreements to lessen habitat loss and restore early successional habitat.
Conservation Registry. Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Conservation partners created a user-friendly, web-based database to map and report information on a full range of on-the- ground conservation projects, allowing comprehensive tracking and analysis of conservation investments.
Montana Cabinet-Yaak Mountains Grizzly Bear Augmentation. Northwest Montana and Northern Idaho. This project included moving five female grizzly bears to the Cabinet Mountain Range to increase Montana"s smallest population of native grizzlies. The project also includes bear monitoring and conflict assistance.
Swan Valley Grizzly Bear Monitoring (MT). The Swan Valley in western Montana. Partners collected detailed grizzly bear habitat use and mortality data to evaluate the effectiveness of management efforts to minimize bear-human conflicts and resulting mortalities.
Hydrologic Assessment of Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration. Partners assessed meadow restoration benefits for both wildlife and downstream water users. Meadows evaluated included those selected from 10 national forests in the Sierra Nevada, from the Modoc in the north to the Sequoia in the south, which had previously eroded and lost their capacity to store water.

Freshwater Fish Habitat Keystone Initiatives
Apache Trout Keystone Initiative. Headwaters of Little Colorado River, Black River and White River in Arizona. Partners expanded habitat restoration to recovery Apache trout meta-populations in new areas and increased population sizes in marginally recovered streams.
Upper Klamath Basin Key Fisheries Restoration: Phase I. Upper Klamath Lake and the Sprague, Williamson and Wood Rivers (Klamath River headwaters). Partners developed a science-based and economically viable strategic path to recovery key fisheries, designed landowner conservation programs, and implemented restoration actions.

Bird Habitat Keystone Initiatives
The Raptor Population Index Project. United States, Canada and Mexico. Partners consolidated diurnal raptor migration counts from a network of volunteer citizen scientists to create a permanent North American monitoring system.
Golden-winged Warbler Conservation Initiative - Year 3. Summer: Appalachian and Great Lakes regions; Winter: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia & Venezuela. In year 3, partners completed research, monitoring, and management leading to on-the-ground conservation to sustain Golden-winged Warblers and associated species in North, Central, and South America.
Eastern Shrubland-Dependent Bird Recovery. Eastern United States (Bird Conservation Regions 12, 13, 14, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30). Partners provided a program of technical assistance and land management activities on public and private lands to restore populations of shrubland dependent birds. Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

To aid cost-share conservation projects, without regard to when expenses are incurred, on or benefitting National Forest System lands or related to Forest Service programs: Provided, That such funds shall be matched on at least a one-for-one basis by the Foundation or its sub-recipients.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

No additional information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

No additional information.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. A Federal Assistance Application, SF-424 and SF-424A, must be submitted annually based on the amount established in the Forest Service FY appropriation

Award Procedures

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Section 2(b)(2) of Public Law 98-244.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Public Law 98-244.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Funds shall be matched on at least a one-for-one basis by the Foundation or its sub-recipients.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual accomplishment reporting is required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Actual expenditure detail is required in requests for reimbursement and/or liquidation of advances.

The Forest Service program manager will conduct monitoring activities to track accomplishments against goals established in the award terms.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Retain all programmatic and accounting records for a period of not less than three (3) years from the completion date of awards for review by the Forest Service or its designated representative, as required.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1103-0-1-302 - Multiple account codes are used including: 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 115.


(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $3,000,000; FY 10 est $3,000,000; FY 11 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. USDA, Forest Service, National Forest System, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants, 201 14th Street, SW Washington, DC 20024 (street address and express mail).

Headquarters Office

Gene DeGayner, 1400 Indeoendence Ave. SW, MS-1121, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-1121 Email: Phone: (202) 205-1281.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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