U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
June 15, 2009
In Reply Refer To
1120 (230) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 06/15/2009
Instruction Memorandum No. 2009-141
To: All State Directors
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Guidance on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Fisheries Program and the National Fish Habitat Action Plan
Program Area: Fisheries (1120)
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum provides guidance to BLM managers and staff about the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) and how our collective commitment to this nationwide fisheries partnership initiative will help us to prioritize and facilitate management of fisheries and riparian resources on BLM lands.
Policy/Action: Once staff has reviewed the information relevant to partnerships operating in your areas, please take the following actions to ensure that our on-the-ground actions comport with the NFHAP:
NFHAP Partnership Project Code
7. At your annual coordination meetings with State Game and Fish agencies, highlight these accomplishments.
I recognize that some States do not currently have adequate fisheries staff and that our commitment to the NFHAP may add to the workload of existing non-fisheries staff. In these instances, I strongly recommend that through these partnerships, you explore the opportunity to utilize State agency personnel, either through formal Interagency Personnel Actions (IPAs) or through direct funding of those individuals using our current grants and agreements or contracting procedures, until such time you can procure these scarce skills within your organizations. This is a phenomenal opportunity to work with partners to meet our resource management objectives and retain our credibility as a leader in fisheries habitat conservation. Failure to act now will seriously undermine the Bureau’s credibility with our partners and may work to the detriment of our other authorized programs.
Timeframe: Effective May 4, 2009.
Budget Impact: Minimal.
Background: TheNFHAP is a national, cooperative conservation plan established in 2006, by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), in response to a recommendation received by the Secretary of the Interior from the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC), an organization chartered to advise the Secretary on fisheries and recreation matters. The SFBPC recommended that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA-Fisheries coordinate with other Federal agencies in the development and implementation of an action plan that would use regional and species-focused partnerships to restore and protect habitat, and would be used by cooperating agencies as the primary vehicle under which aquatic-related cooperative conservation projects will be prioritized and funded. Fisheries interest groups, in their communication with the Administration, have made it clear that they consider the NFHAP a priority.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Contact: Tom Mendenhall, Sr. Fish Program Lead, 202-452-7770
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning