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Title: Introduction to the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program


1
Introduction to the National Coastal Wetlands
Conservation Grant Program
  • Christie Deloria
  • USFWS U.P. Sub-Office
  • Christie_deloria_at_fws.gov
  • (906) 226-1240

2
National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC)
Program
  • Congress established with the Coastal Wetlands
    Planning, Protection and Restoration Act of 1990.
  • Between 12-17 Million available annually as
    Federal Aid (Max 1M/yr available as grant to
    state).
  • Twenty-six states and US Territories bordering
    the two Oceans, the Gulf Coast and Great Lakes
    are eligible through a competitive process.

3
NCWC Project Requirements
  • Limited to Coastal wetlands, or estuarine/inland
    wetlands that are clearly connected (e.g.,
    hydrologically) to the associated Lake/Ocean.
  • Requires 25 non-federal match provided by State
    or combination of State/partners.
  • Ultimate selection determined by a set of ranking
    criteria established by USFWS (available online
    at http//policy.fws.gov/library/02fr49264.pdf )

4
NCWC Project Requirements
  • Long-term (20 year minimum) conservation must be
    ensured to be eligible.
  • Eligible activities restoration, enhancement,
    land acquisition
  • Ineligible project activities site maintenance
    and operations, navigation projects, research,
    major planning, benefits lasting less than 20
    years.

5
Overview of Ranking Criteria 1-3
  • (1) Wetland Conservation (7 points)
  • (2) Does project involve maritime forest? (7
    points)
  • NO in Great Lakes
  • (3) Long term conservation (7 points)

6
Overview of Ranking Criteria 4-6
  • (4) Coastal Watershed Management (3 Points)
  • (5) Benefits to Threatened Endangered Species
    (5 Points)
  • -Federally listed (5 points)
  • -State listed (2 points)
  • (6) Benefits to Interjurisdictional Fish (5
    Points)

7
Overview of Ranking Criteria 7-9
  • (7) Benefit to migratory birds (5 points)
  • (8) Prevent/Reduce Contamination (5 points)
  • Attract/expose wildlife to nuisance sites 0
    points.
  • (9) Catalyst for future conservation (4 points)

8
Overview of Ranking Criteria 10-12
  • (10) Non-State PARTNERS (4 points)
  • (11) Cash Contribution over required 25 (5
    points)
  • -Formula each 5 increase (over the 25
    minimum) in non-federal contribution earns 1
    point.
  • (12) Education/Outreach ( 3 points)

9
Overview of Ranking Criterion 13
  • 13) Would project provide other benefits? (4
    points)
  • -globally rare ecosystems
  • -unusually biodiversity
  • -cost effectiveness (/acre)
  • -benefit cultural/historical resources

10
NCWC Timetable
  • Complete draft of proposal available for
    review/feedback May 27, 2008?
  • Final proposal to USFWS Regional Office June 27
    2008.
  • Site Visit by MDNR staff/Christie
    (August/September)
  • Ranking Meeting scheduled for October 20-24, 2008
  • Awards announced January 2009
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