Endangered Species Conservation-Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation and Prevention

To provide federal financial assistance to livestock producers undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves and to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses due to such predation.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2010: FY10: FWS provided support for 14 projects to State and Tribal programs that fund projects that assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves or to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves.

Fiscal Year 2011: No data to report.

If funding becomes available, projects eligible for funding include the purchase of livestock guarding dogs to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, the purchase of a portable electric fence to prevent conflicts, and support towards hiring range riders to monitor cattle to prevent conflicts between livestock and wolves.

Fiscal Year 2012: No data to report.

If funding becomes available, projects eligible for funding include the purchase of livestock guarding dogs to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, the purchase of a portable electric fence to prevent conflicts, and support towards hiring range riders to monitor cattle to prevent conflicts between livestock and wolves.


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.

FWS Region 1: If your project will occur in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Eastside Federal, Complex, 911 N.E.

11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181.

Contact: John Stephenson (541/383-7146).

FWS Region 2: If your project will occur in Arizona or New Mexico, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW., Room 4012 Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Contact: Stephen Robertson (505/248-7465).

FWS Region 3: If your project will occur in Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bishop Henry Whipple, Federal Building, One Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056.

Contact: Peter Fasbender (612/713-5343).

FWS Region 6: If your project will occur in Montana or Wyoming, contact: Regional Director, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.

Ed Bangs (406/449-5225).



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2010: FWS made 14 awards to State and Tribal programs that fund projects that assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves or to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves. Fiscal Year 2011: No new funding provided to date FY11. If new funding is made available, examples of projects eligible for funding include the purchase of livestock guarding dogs to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, the purchase of a portable electric fence to prevent conflicts, and support towards hiring range riders to monitor cattle to prevent conflicts between livestock and wolves. Fiscal Year 2012: No new funding requested in FY12. If new funding is made available, examples of projects eligible for funding include the purchase of livestock guarding dogs to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, the purchase of a portable electric fence to prevent conflicts, and support towards hiring range riders to monitor cattle to prevent conflicts between livestock and wolves.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This financial assistance opportunity can be used by eligible States and Indian tribes in supporting projects that assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves or to compensate livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves.

Appropriated funds will be divided equally in support of these two objectives.

The creation of two separate sources of funding will allow the Service to ensure that the two objectives of the program: 1) assisting livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves and 2) compensating livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves, are addressed equally.

Qualifying projects must include at a minimum a 50 percent non-Federal cost share.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments/agencies
Indian tribes as defined in Public Law111-11.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individual/ Family
Small Business
Profit Organization
Private Organization
Anyone/ General Public
Farmer/ Rancher/ Agricultural Producer
Small Business Person
Land/ Property Owner.

Credentials/Documentation

Funds are available only to States and Indian tribes with prior history of wolf depredation. To be eligible to receive a grant, a State or Indian tribe must (1) designate an appropriate agency of the State or Indian tribe to administer the one or more programs funded by the grant; (2) establish one or more accounts to receive grant funds; (3) maintain files of all claims received under programs funded by the grant, including supporting documentation; (4) submit annual reports to the Secretary that include a summary of claims and expenditures under the program during the year, a description of any action taken on the claims, and such other reports as the Secretary may require to assist the Secretary in determining the effectiveness of activities provided assistance through this programs; (5) promulgate rules for reimbursing livestock producers under the program. Applicants are also required to fully assess any claim of livestock depredation prior to issuing payment. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Eligible State and Tribal applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate Regional Coordinators to ensure all eligibility, credentials, and documentation requirements are met prior to application.

An incomplete application will not be considered for funding.

An eligible State or Indian tribe may apply for either or both sources of funding, but a separate application must be provided for each source of funding.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Eligible State and Tribal applicants must submit a project narrative identifying that they will adhere to P.L. 111-11. Applicants must also provide an Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) and supporting information. This form must be signed by the official with the authority and responsibility to commit the State or Tribal body to participate in the program. An eligible State or Indian tribe may apply for either or both sources of funding, but a separate application must be provided for each source of funding.

Award Procedures

Awards to eligible State and Indian tribes will be made as grants based on a formula derived from 1) the level of livestock predation in the State or on the land owned by, or held in trust for the benefit of, the Indian tribe; 2) whether the State or Indian tribe is located in a geographic area that is at high risk for livestock predation; 3) any other factors that the Secretary determines appropriate.

Deadlines

Aug 31, 2011: August 31st of each fiscal year. August 31, 2011: August 31st of each fiscal year based on an appropriation from Congress.

Authorization

Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1934, U.S.C. 16 et seq.; Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq., as amended; Public Law111-11, 123 Stat. 1171.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

120 days.

Appeals

Decisions can be appealed to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Chief, Endangered Species Division of Consultation, Habitat Conservation Planning, Recovery, and State Grants. Final determination rests with the Secretary of the Interior.

Renewals

None. However, project applicants are not prohibited from submitting applications for consideration for funding in a subsequent year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: To meet the two objectives of the program, awards to eligible State and Indian tribes will be made as grants based on a formula derived from 1) the level of livestock predation in the State or on the land owned by, or held in trust for the benefit of, the Indian tribe; 2) whether the State or Indian tribe is located in a geographic area that is at high risk for livestock predation; 3) any other factors that the Secretary determines appropriate.

Qualifying projects must include at a minimum a 50 percent non-Federal cost share. The cost share may be cash or a third party in-kind contribution, such as volunteer efforts and donations of goods or services.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Service s goal is to obligate funds to States and Indian tribes shortly following the award notification. States and Indian tribes will assist the Service in meeting this goal by providing necessary documents for grant issuance as soon as possible following the grant award notifications. The Service will follow all applicable laws and regulations in regard to the expenditure of awarded funding. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

In general, OMB Circulars A-102 Section_.40 and _.41 and 2 CFR 215 specify requirements for both financial and program performance reporting.

The Service s interim guidance on financial status and performance reporting is available at http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/toolkitfiles/intgdrpt.pdf.

Grantees may be required to complete one or more of the following financial forms:
• SF - 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement;
• SF-425, Federal Financial Report

OMB Circulars A-102 Section_.40 and 2 CFR 215 also set forth requirements for submission of grantee program performance reports.

A performance report is due annually within 90 days of the anniversary of the start date of the grant and a final report is due 90 days after the grant expiration.

A State or Indian tribe shall submit to the Secretary annual reports that include a summary of claims and expenditures under the program during the year and a description of any action taken on the claims.

Financial reporting requirements are specified in 43 CFR 12.80 and in the Interim Guidance for Financial Status and Performance Reporting, dated January 28, 2008.

Performance reporting requirements are specified in 43 CFR 12.81 and in the Interim Guidance for Financial Status and Performance Reporting, dated January 28, 2008.

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.

Records

The recipient is required to maintain files of all claims received under programs funded by the grant, including supporting documentation. Records must be maintained for 3 years following the submission of the final expenditure report or until final action has been taken on any litigation, claim, or audit finding.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 10 $1,000,000; FY 11 $0; FY 12 $0 - FY11 and FY12 estimates based on President s budget request for this program; however final approved budget may include new funding in FY11 and FY12. CFDA should remain active through FY12 to allow for currently funded awards to be completed and any associated amendments to government-wide reporting system records to be submitted.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$4,000-$140,000. Average award amount is $66,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11)

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. FWS Region 1: If your project will occur in Idaho, Oregon, or Washington, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Eastside Federal, Complex, 911 N.E. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181. Contact: John Stephenson (541/383-7146).

FWS Region 2: If your project will occur in Arizona or New Mexico, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW., Room 4012 Albuquerque, NM 87102. Contact: Stephen Robertson (505/248-7465).

FWS Region 3: If your project will occur in Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bishop Henry Whipple, Federal Building, One Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4056. Contact: Peter Fasbender (612/713-5343).

FWS Region 6: If your project will occur in Montana or Wyoming, contact: Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228. Ed Bangs (406/449-5225).

Headquarters Office

Chief, Endangered Species, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, NW (MS 420 ARL SQ) Division of Consultation, HCPs, Recovery and State Grants., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (703) 358-2171.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Awards to eligible State and Indian tribes will be made as grants based on a formula derived from (1) the level of livestock predation in the State or on the land owned by, or held in trust for the benefit of, the Indian tribe; (2) whether the State or Indian tribe is located in a geographic area that is at high risk for livestock predation; (3) any other factors that the Secretary determines appropriate.



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