The Bureau of Land Management is seeking applications for the Threatened and Endangered Species Program that works to conserve and recover Bureau sensitive animal and plant species and their habitat on public lands.
The program also shares cooperative responsibility with other BLM programs and partners for conservation of more than 2,700 non-listed BLM sensitive species with a goal of avoiding the need to list them in the future. The BLM manages habitat for over 430 wildlife, fish, and plant species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and at least 11 species identified as candidates for listing. In many cases, BLM managed public lands offer the best hope for recovery of sensitive or listed plant and animal species and many occur only on BLM managed lands.
The BLM Nevada Threatened and Endangered Species Program priorities in FY 2023 are addressing the impact of the climate crisis and ecosystem approaches for managing multiple listed and sensitive species, pollinator conservation and management, ensuring habitat connectivity, and updating outreach/education materials, including the Program’s public facing website. The Nevada State office is looking for projects that are state or regional in scope or projects that provide a programmatic approach for improving the Bureau effectiveness or efficiency. The Nevada program is looking for projects that will result in or facilitate national implementation or outreach of tangible on the ground actions that will improve species populations (numbers, representation, or resilience) or reduce population level threats. The Nevada State Office supports field office efforts to implement the Program’s Strategic Goals.
The Program’s Strategic Goals include:
- Conserving and recovering federally-listed and BLM sensitive species;
- Implementing conservation and recovery actions that result in a direct on the ground population or conservation benefit
- Providing complete, current and accurate information on the distribution and abundance of BLM Special Status Species and their habitats to increase professional and public knowledge and understanding of these resources;
- Collecting data and other information to assess threats and species/habitat responses to proactive conservation and recovery efforts for BLM Special Status Species.
- Increasing public knowledge of BLM Special Status Species;
- Increasing public awareness and understanding of BLM Special Status species and their habitats on public and private lands; and,
- Engaging youth, citizen-scientists, and students in monitoring and directed research of various BLM Special Status species and their habitats.
- The Department of the Interior plays a central role in how the United States stewards its public lands, increases environmental protections, pursues environmental justice, and honors their nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes.
- To meet the scope of their challenges and the multiple, overlapping crises, they are:
- Identifying steps to accelerate responsible development of renewable energy on public lands and waters. They are investing in climate research and environmental innovation to incentivize the rapid deployment of clean energy solutions, while reviewing existing programs to restore balance on America’s public lands and waters to benefit current and future generations.
- Strengthening the government-to-government relationship with sovereign Tribal Nations. They understand that Tribal sovereignty and self-governance, as well as honoring the federal trust responsibility to Tribal Nations, must be the cornerstones of federal Indian policy.
- Making investments to support the Administration’s goal of creating millions of family-supporting and union jobs. This includes establishing a new Climate Conservation Corps Initiative to put a new generation of Americans to work conserving and restoring public lands and waters, increasing reforestation, increasing carbon sequestration in the agricultural sector, protecting biodiversity, improving access to recreation, and addressing the changing climate.
- Working to conserve at least 30% each of their lands and waters by the year 2030. They will work to protect biodiversity, slow extinction rates and help leverage natural climate solutions by conserving 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. This relies on support for local, state, private, and Tribally-led nature conservation and restoration efforts that are underway across America.
- Centering equity and environmental justice. The impacts of the multiple crises in the United States are not evenly distributed in their society. Communities of color, low-income families, and rural and Indigenous communities have long suffered disproportionate and cumulative harm from air pollution, water pollution, and toxic sites. At every step of the way, Interior will engage diverse stakeholders across the country, as well as conduct formal consultation with Tribes in recognition of the U.S. government’s trust responsibilities.
- Estimated Total Funding $250,000
- Maximum Award $250,000
- Minimum Award $50,000
- Projects cannot be funded for more than a five-year period
- Anticipated Number of Awards is 1
- Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Special district governments
- County governments
- Independent school districts
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- City or township governments
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Private institutions of higher education
- State governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Additional Information on Eligibility:
- Individuals and For-Profit Organizations are ineligible to apply for awards under this NOFO. This program NOFO does not support entities hiring interns. Eligible Youth Conservation Corps may only apply for projects.
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