Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance

To provide technical information, advice, and assistance to other Federal agencies, other nations, States, and Native Americans on the conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources, including co-management by Alaskan Natives of marine mammals for subsistence use.

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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 Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.



Program Accomplishments

Fish and Wildlife Service provides technical assistance to more than 100 Native American Tribes, 254 National Wildlife Refuges, and 150 Department of Defense installations. Cooperative programs with the State conservation agencies and military installations have included joint studies of fishery and wildlife problems of major watersheds, large reservoirs, or streams. Through the Sikes Act, the Service has established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense whereby fish and wildlife values are considered on military installations. The Service developed a policy in cooperation with Native Americans for fish and wildlife management on/off Tribal lands.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance in the form of biological, chemical, and physical advice regarding land and water management and specific recommendations and plans based on the conditions found to exist.

Stocking of fishes from National Fish Hatcheries and advising on wildlife management techniques may be management tools considered.

The program does not provide financial assistance for construction of ponds, lakes, wood duck boxes, or for other purposes.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be other Federal agencies, State agencies, local governments, Native American Organizations, Interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisidiction of the United States with interests which support the mission of the Service on a cost recoverable basis.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal agencies, State agencies, local governments, Native Americans, Interstate, Intrastate, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, private nonprofit/organization, or any other organization subject to the jurisdiction of the United States with interests which support the mission of the Service on a cost recoverable basis.

Credentials/Documentation

There must be factual evidence of the need for management assistance.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Generally in the form of a letter to the Regional Directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stating the need for management assistance and requesting the services available.

Award Procedures

After considering program commitments and obligations, State, Federal agencies, or Native Americans will generally be informed by letter from the Director or Regional Director, followed by development of a formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or understanding (MOU).

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661-666; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 742a-742j; Sikes Act of 1974, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 670(a)-670(o); Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 3101; Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, Public Law 92-522, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1361-1421; Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 4701-4741; Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act as amended 1998.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable, however, assistance is provided only on a cost recoverable basis.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports are submitted annually to the entities involved.

Occasionally, progress reports are considered to be advisable.

Fish and Wildlife Management Plans are developed as required.

Audits

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 receive 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.

Records

Grants awarded to State and Local Governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hosptials, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-303.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $250,000; FY 08 $250,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Annual Project Reports, Special Reports, and Fish and Wildlife Management Plans.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Chief, Division of Fish and Wildlife Management and Habitat Restoration, Room 840 ARLSQ, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (703) 358-1718. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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