Endangered Species Conservation - Recovery Implementation Funds

To provide federal financial assistance to secure endangered or threatened species information, undertake restoration actions that will lead to delisting of a species; help prevent extinction of a species, or aid in the recovery of species.

The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to provide

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a means by which the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of these species, and to take appropriate steps to achieve the purposes of treaties and conventions set forth in the law.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: A variety of projects were funded in FY 08 using Recovery Implementation funding.

Examples include: Development of a Population Viability Model for the Cape Fear shiner ($24.8k),
Continued production of boulder darters and beginning production of spotfins to establish viable populations of these fish in Shoal Creek ($30K); Population structure and gene flow between patchy habitats of the amber darter to explore potential cryptic diversity and management options ($40K); Contract with an Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (OSB) genetics expert to develop and prepare an OSB Reintroduction Plan that will discuss and describe the rationale and criteria for augmentation and reintroduction activities of captive reared larvae potentially within all conservation areas in accordance with the OSB Revised Recovery Plan and FWS Captive Propagation Policy ($12k); and Koenig Restoration Project implemented to restore two permanent wetlands to provide suitable habitat for the endangered Oregon chub within the Santiam River sub-basin ($22k).

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: 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.

A list of Regional Coordinators can be found at the following website: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/recovery/index.html .



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: The Recovery program supports the ultimate goal of threatened and endangered species conservation which is to recover listed species to levels where protection under the Endangered Species Act is no longer required and they can be removed from the list. Restoring listed species to a point where they are secure, self-sustaining components of their ecosystem is a challenging task. The factors responsible for their endangered status may have been at work for hundreds of years, and reversing declines, stabilizing populations, and achieving recovery goals may require coordinated actions from many partners over a lengthy period. The following are specific accomplishments from FY08: the Tinian monarch and West Virginia northern flying squirrel have been delisted due to recovery; the Hawaiian hawk and Maguire daisy have been proposed for delisting due to recovery; and proposed rules to down-list two other species from endangered to threatened are being drafted because the Service was able to implement actions from projects funded through the Recovery program. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

This financial assistance opportunity can be used for Recovery Implementation actions to conserve endangered or threatened species, and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

Funding may be used for actions related to species recovery to: (1) accomplish high priority tasks identified in approved species recovery plans; (2) reduce threats to high priority species, such as propagation of imperiled freshwater mussels; or (3) conservation of endangered and threatened species, such as biological field work to conduct species surveys.

There are no sub-grant projects funded under formula and project grants.

These are discretionary funds that are used for project purposes to help ensure the use of the best available scientific information in making management decisions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Profit organization: Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land).

Native American Organizations (includes lndian groups, cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, associations): Natural Resources (mineral, water, wildlife, land)

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans); Small business; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Native American Organizations

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants are expected to have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the biology of the involved endangered or threatened species and their ecosystems, including preferably having worked with the species in the field and holding a currently valid Endangered Species Act permit to work with these species (or that have previously held a permit to do so). If funding is awarded, applicants that do not currently hold a valid permit for the proposed activity may need to apply for and obtain a permit (http://www.fws.gov/endangered/permits/index.html) before beginning the proposed activity. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants are expected to have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the biology of the involved endangered or threatened species and their ecosystems, including preferably having worked with the species in the field and holding a currently valid Endangered Species Act permit to work with these species (or that have previously held a permit to do so).

If funding is awarded, applicants that do not currently hold a valid permit for the proposed activity may need to apply for and obtain a permit (http://www.fws.gov/endangered/permits/index.html) before beginning the proposed activity.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Potential applicants must conduct pre-application coordination with the appropriate Regional Coordinator to discuss the proposed project. The Regional Coordinator will then refer the potential applicant to the appropriate Ecological Services Field Office. Applicants will then coordinate with the appropriate Field Office who will assess if the project is something that will help meet Service priority needs. If so, potential applicants will submit a formal application to the Field Office. Project proposals should meet specific criteria (see below) and must be accompanied by Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance.

Award Procedures

Proposals will compete at a Regional level for funding. After review of the proposals by Regional Coordinators, recommendations for funding will be made subject to final approval of the Assistant Regional Director - Ecological Services.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Endangered Species Act of 1973, Public Law 93-205, 16 U.S.C 1531.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

> 180 Days. However, project applicants are not prohibited from submitting applications for consideration for subsequent funding for multi-year projects though there is no governmental guarantee that multiple years of the project will be funded.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The funding is for projects that can be completed within one year of the award date. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

A Performance Report and Financial Status Report (SF 425) are required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date and/or the end of the grant.

Projects funded under the Recovery Act will have additional reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions.

A Performance Report and Financial Status Report (SF 425) are required for each grant award annually within 90 days after the anniversary date and/or the end of the grant.

Projects funded under the Recovery Act will have additional reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions.

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 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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after Dec. 1, 2003) or more a year in federal awards will have a single or program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after Dec. 1, 2003) a year in federal awards are exempt from federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

The recipient is required to maintain all records concerning this financial assistance for a period of three (3) years after the project is completed.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $14,305,453; FY 09 est $14,000,000; FY 10 est $14,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Recovery Implementation - FY08 ($1,000, smallest grant to $760,000, largest grant); Average grant is $45,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Policy and guidelines for our Endangered Species Program are available on the web at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/policy/index.html .
Endangered and threatened species Recovery Plans revised or finalized since 1989 are available at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/recovery/index.html#plans Other Recovery Plans are available from the Regional Office (see attached list of Regional Coordinators). General permit regulations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can be found at 50 CFR 13. Regulations for Recovery and Interstate Commerce permits under the Endangered Species Act can be found at 50 CFR 17.22(a)(1) for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32(a)(1) for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Copies of the permit application forms are available on our web page at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/permits/index.html

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. A list of Regional Coordinators can be found at the following website: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/recovery/index.html .

Headquarters Office

Chief, Endangered Species Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW (MS 420 ARL SQ), Washington 20240 Phone: (703) 358-2171

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Coordination with the Regional Coordinator is required for all potential projects to discuss the proposed project. The Regional Coordinator will refer the potential applicant to the appropriate Ecological Services Field Office. If the proposed project meets Service priority needs, an application will be submitted to the appropriate Ecological Services Field Office.

General Criteria that apply to all Recovery Implementation project proposals: (1)Project should show a clear conservation benefit that will help prevent extinction of a species, improve the recovery status of a species, or lead to de-listing of a species. (2)All projects will be considered independently on a year-to-year basis. (3) Multi-year projects are not prohibited, but applicants will need to resubmit and compete annually for financial assistance. There is no guarantee that if the project is funded one year that subsequent funding will be available. (4) Projects that involve multiple partnerships are encouraged. (5) Projects that involve matching funding are strongly encouraged. (6) Potential applicants will need to provide credentials demonstrating they have the necessary biological and scientific education and experience to be able to complete the project satisfactorily.

In addition to the above-listed general criteria, the following specific criteria will be considered for selecting projects: (1) Initiate immediate actions to stabilize endangered/threatened species on the brink of extinction. (2) Implement final recovery actions so that a species can meet its down-listing or de-listing recovery criteria within a 5-year horizon.



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