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FY24 IIJA/IRA Bureau of Land Management Headquarters (HQ) Wildlife Program




November 6, 2023



January 19, 2024





Award Floor:



Match Required?





Entity Types:

State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Nonprofits (without 501(c)(3) status)

Individuals and For-Profit Organizations are ineligible to apply for awards under this NOFO.This program NOFO does not support entities hiring interns or crewsunder the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993. The Public Lands Corps Act of 1993, 16 USC, Chapter 37, Subchapter II-Public Lands Corps, is the only legislative authority that allows BLM to "hire" internsunder this authority. Therefore, eligible Youth Conservation Corps may only apply for projects developed under NOFO 15.243 BLM Youth Conservation Opportunities on Public Lands.CESUs are partnerships with a purpose to promote, conduct, and provide research, studies, assessments, monitoring, technical assistance, and educational services. If a cooperative agreement is awarded to a CESU partner under a formally negotiated Master CESU agreement which is consistent with the CESU purpose, indirect costs are limited to a rate of no-more-than 17.5 percent of the indirect cost base recognized in the partner;apos;s Federal Agency-approved Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA). Applicants should specify if their proposal furthers the purpose of the CESU program, and if so which CESU Network should be considered as host.




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The Headquarters (HQ) Wildlife Program fulfills the Department of the Interior visions of
improving the management of wildlife and their habitats, and upholding trust and related
responsibilities. The Wildlife Program is responsible for administering program activities that
support maintaining functioning wildlife habitats, developing, and implementing restoration
projects, and the inventory and monitoring of priority habitats and species to track trends and use
on public lands. BLM-managed lands are vital to thousands of species of mammals, birds,
reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. To provide for the long-term conservation of wildlife and
biodiversity on public lands, the Wildlife Program uses a science-based approach to manage
public lands to identify projects that support meeting land health standards and desired resource
objectives for priority species and habitats, as outlined in land use plans. The program is focused
on addressing habitat connectivity issues and implementing projects that consider climate change
impacts to short- and long-term objectives.
The Wildlife Program uses a multi-scale approach that involves coordination with BLM offices
and other programs; Federal, state, and tribal governments; and non-governmental partners to
accomplish projects and coordinated management at appropriate scales. The BLM’s primary
partners in wildlife habitat conservation include the respective state fish and wildlife agencies,
tribal governments, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Wildlife Program also
collaborates with other agencies and numerous conservation partners to leverage resources and
maximize the benefits for wildlife habitat. The BLM uses the latest geospatial data technologies
to share wildlife and wildlife data within BLM and with partners to work more efficiently. This
program will fund projects under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act PL 117-58, Section
40804(b) Ecosystem Restoration. Funding Opportunity Goals1. Identifying and supporting projects that address wildlife habitat
restoration that are in alignment with restoration landscapes, and address habitat land health
standards, and improving connectivity supporting wildlife migration such as big game, and
migratory birds. 2. Projects that support collaborations with State and Tribal Wildlife agencies to
address data gaps, implement coordinated landscape or regional monitoring to inform
populations status and trend tied to public lands administered by BLM. 3. Support projects that
will assist BLM with using existing assessments or data to understand climate change impacts on
landscape or priority ecosystems important to achieving short- and long-term habitat objectives,
for example water availability during extended droughts, or new or emerging impacts for
invasive species.

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