U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMS TRANSMISSION 12/23/2005
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-058
To: All Field and Washington Office Officials
Subject: Reissue Stewardship “End Results” Contracting Guidance
Program Areas: Forests and Woodlands Management, Wildlife, Fisheries and Riparian Management, Fuels Management, Range Management and Procurement and Acquisition.
Purposes: Reissue the Bureau Land Management’s (BLM) guidance for implementation of Stewardship Contracting Authority and incorporate any changes, supplements and additions to the original guidance issued in IM 2004-081 into a single guidebook.
The Stewardship Contracting guidance issued on January 14, 2004 has been supplemented and or changed by the following IMs; IM 2004-081 Change 1, Stewardship Contracting Project Approval; IM 2005-099, Supplementary Guidance for the use of Forest Product Sale Contracts for Stewardship Projects; IM 2005-134, Delegation of Stewardship Contracting Authority; BC-2005-032, Guidance on Entering Stewardship Contracting Collections into the Collections and Billing System (CBS) and IM 2005-239, Guidance for the use of Cooperative Agreements to implement Stewardship Projects.
Policy/Action: The attached Stewardship Contracting Guidance v 2.0, will be used to develop, contract, implement, track and monitor approved stewardship contracting projects. This guidance will replace the Stewardship Contracting Guidance issued in IM 2004-081.
Background: The BLM was authorized in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2003 (PL 108-7, Section 323) to enter into stewardship contracts to achieve land management goals for public lands. This new authority allows the BLM to enter into long-term end result contracts or agreements (up to 10 years in length) that allow the value of timber or other forest products removed as an offset against the services received. Any excess revenues are available for expenditure at the project site or other approved stewardship project sites without further appropriation. As of September 30, 2005, the BLM has awarded 82 projects including 25,000 acres.
The primary objective of a stewardship project is to achieve one or more of the land management goals that meet local and rural community needs. These goals as identified in the authorizing legislation may include but are not limited to:
· Road and trail maintenance or obliteration to restore or maintain water quality;
· Soil productivity, habitat for wildlife and fisheries, or other resource values;
· Setting prescribed fires to improve composition, structure, condition, and health of stands or to improve wildlife habitat;
· Removing vegetation or other activities to promote healthy forest stands, reduce fire hazards or achieve other land management objectives;
· Watershed restoration and maintenance;
· Restoration and maintenance of wildlife and fish habitat; and
· Control of noxious and exotic weeds and reestablishing native plant species.
Impact on Budget: Implementing this request has minimal budget implications, and will improve the efficiency of stewardship projects.
Coordination: This IM was coordinated with the Office of Fire and Aviation (FA-600), Rangeland Resources (WO-220), Procurement/Acquisition (WO-850) and the Office of the Solicitor.
Contact: Additional information is available by contacting Scott Lieurance at 202- 452-0316, Erik Christensen 208-387-5165 or Helen Curlee at 202-452-5147.