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15.615 Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Endangered Species Act of 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., as amended; Department of the Interior Appropriations, Public Law 107-63.
To provide Federal financial assistance to any State or Territory (hereafter, "States"), through its appropriate State or territorial agency, to assist in the development of programs for the conservation of endangered and threatened species.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The assistance provided to the State fish and wildlife agency can include animal, plant, and habitat surveys; research; planning; monitoring; habitat protection, restoration, management, and acquisition; and public education. Assistance is restricted to those State agencies with which the Fish and Wildlife Service has a current cooperative agreement for the species involved.
Applicant Eligibility: Participation limited to State agencies that have a cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard application forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," must be used for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E. O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Formula and Matching Requirements: States may receive up to 75 percent of the program costs. When two or more States have a common interest in one or more endangered or threatened species and enter into a joint agreement, the Federal share may be 90 percent.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: A performance report is required for each project segment within 90 days following the close of the segment.
Account Identification: 14-5143-0-2-303.
In fiscal year 2001, a total of $104,694,000 was appropriated to the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF) (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act). This represented an increase of approximately $82,000,000 over the FY 2000 appropriation, and allowed for the creation of four new grant programs in FY 2001: Recovery Land Acquisition, Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance, Safe Harbor, and Candidate Conservation Agreement Grants. Through the traditional Conservation Grants program, $7,503,000 was allocated regionally based on the number of species covered under cooperative agreements within each region. An unprecedented $68,773,000 in Habitat Conservation Planning (HCP) Land Acquisition Grant funding was used to fund 15 individual projects out of 17 proposals across 10 States. The new Recovery Land Acquisition Grant program ($10,427,000) awarded 13 out of 46 proposals to provide project funding in 10 states. The new Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant program awarded 24 out of 43 proposals to provide project funding in 14 states. For the Safe Harbor and Candidate Conservation Agreement Grant Programs, each was funded at $4,740,000. In fiscal year 2002, the Service will provide $7,520,000 to States for traditional Conservation Grants; $6,650,000 for Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants; $61,306,000 for HCP Land Acquisition Grants; and $17,759,000 for Recovery Land Acquisition Grants. Funding through the Safe Harbor Grants and the Candidate Conservation Agreement Grants is not available in fiscal year 2002.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Endangered Species Act, 50 CFR 81, Federal Aid Manual.
Regional or Local Office:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
A variety of projects were funded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund in FY 2001, including Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance grants to develop Habitat Conservation Plans across the country in areas ranging from the North Slope of Alaska to the islands of Hawaii, from the mountains of West Virginia to the forests of the Pacific Northwest. These HCPs will benefit a wide range of plants and animals, including the Houston toad in Texas, Ute ladies-tresses in Washington state, and the Florida golden aster in Florida. Most of the HCPs will address multiple species, many of them on a city, county or large watershed basis. Recovery Land Acquisition grants awarded in fiscal year 2001 will be used to acquire and protect important prairie, coastal, mountainous desert, cave, and riparian habitat, land that represents critical portions of species' last remaining habitat. Some of these acquisitions support many endangered species, as well as important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. For example, acquisition of property in Kern County, California benefits the largest known population of the Kern primrose sphinx moth by securing protection for an area that is the only place this species has been sighted in the past 20 years. In Tennessee, acquisition of a 25-acre site will protect one of only five known populations of the endangered Tennessee coneflower. HCP Land Acquisitions in fiscal year 2001 will be used to help acquire vital habitat for threatened and endangered species ranging from loggerhead turtles in Florida to imperiled songbirds in Texas. The lands acquired under the HCP Land Acquisition program are purchased only from willing sellers, and are intended to complement but do not replace the conservation responsibilities contained in a HCP.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Proposals for grant funding must be submitted by the State fish and wildlife agency. The State must have an approved cooperative agreement with the Secretary of the Interior which provides for sharing responsibilities for endangered species, prior to receiving Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) funds. Individual project proposals must compete with other State submissions for funding.