U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Washington, DC 20240
December 11, 2013
In Reply Refer To:
6100 (410) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 12/13/2013
Instruction Memorandum No. 2014-018
To: State Directors
From: Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships
Subject: National Landscape Conservation System Research Support Program
DD: 02/10/2014; 03/03/2014; 03/24/2014
Program Area: National Landscape Conservation System
Purpose: Request for proposals for the FY2014 National Landscape Conservation System Research Support Program
Policy/Action: The National Landscape Conservation System (National Conservation Lands) Research Support Program (Program) aims to increase the effectiveness of resource management by financially supporting scientific research that informs BLM’s decisions. The Program seeks to engage the external scientific community in conducting management-focused, scientific research in the National Conservation Lands that can benefit management of the National Conservation Lands and/or the broader BLM. Proposals are requested for the FY2014 National Conservation Lands Research Support Program from BLM managers with responsibility for National Conservation Lands. In developing proposals, please adhere to the instructions described below.
Each proposal must: describe research that will inform decisions in the National Conservation Lands; be designed around a clearly articulated research question(s); be responsive to the National Conservation Lands 15-year Strategy, the State National Conservation Lands Strategy, the BLM and National Conservation Lands Science Strategies, and/or the unit’s science plan; and be consistent with all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and plans.
Each proposal must be responsive to at least one of the following research themes.
BLM managers are requested to develop proposals for the most urgent science needs of the National Conservation Lands that they manage. These proposals will be reviewed at the State Office and the Washington Office (WO)-410. Each State is allowed to submit up to six proposals for consideration by WO-410.
Proposals must be written as a stand-alone research proposal and include the following sections:
Proposals should be submitted to State NLCS Leads by 02/10/2014. Following submission, the State Office should review and rank the proposals. For multi-state proposals, State NLCS Leads should coordinate the State Office reviews, as much as possible.
After State Office review and ranking, the State NLCS Leads should upload the proposals to this SharePoint site (by 03/03/2014. Each State NLCS Lead is allowed to submit only the top six proposals to WO-410. http://teamspace/sites-wo/wo170nlc/researchsupport/default.aspx)
Only proposals submitted by the due date will be accepted. The State Office’s review notes may also be uploaded, if the State Office wishes to include this information. State NLCS Leads must ensure that State Leadership supports both the submissions and the State Office rankings. State NLCS Leads are advised to notify the State Budget Office and the State Grants/Agreements Officer of the proposals submitted to WO-410 for consideration in order to help prepare for any additional workloads.
WO-410 will facilitate a WO inter-disciplinary review and ranking of the proposals submitted by NLCS State Leads. The following criteria will be used to guide the WO review of the proposals.
We encourage State Offices to use these criteria when reviewing the proposals.
Please note that WO-410 will consider the State Office rankings, the Washington Office reviews, and other national priorities when making funding decisions.
After the WO review and ranking, the Deputy Assistant Director for WO-400 (National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships) will announce funding decisions via an email (with an attached report) to the Field Committee, State Budget Officers, and State NLCS Leads. This email will be sent around 03/24/2014 and funding will be distributed as soon as possible thereafter. The State Office is responsible for communicating the funding decisions to the BLM managers who submitted proposals.
Please read closely the following funding details for this program.
Reporting Requirements for WO-410
Time frame: Proposals should be submitted to State NLCS Leads by 02/10/2014. State NLCS Leads should upload the top six proposals to this SharePoint site (on 03/03/2014. Funding decisions will be announced around 03/24/2014.http://teamspace/sites-wo/wo170nlc/researchsupport/default.aspx)
Budget Impact: The budget impact associated with the development of proposals to respond to this request is in the form of BLM labor expenses. Funds to support the research projects will be allocated from the WO-410 FY2014 operations budget (contingent upon available funds).
Background: The National Landscape Conservation System (also known as the National Conservation Lands) was legislatively established by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 [Public Law 111-11] in order to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations. The National Conservation Lands include BLM’s National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Forest Reserves, legislated Outstanding Natural Areas, Cooperative Management and Protection Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails.
BLM policy states that “the BLM will use the best available science in managing NLCS units” and that “science and the scientific process will inform and guide management decisions concerning NLCS units” [BLM Manual §6100(1.6)(A)(9) and (1.6)(F)(1)]. Providing a scientific foundation for decision-making is also a goal identified in the National Conservation Lands 15-Year Strategy [Goal 1C].
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: This IM has been coordinated with WO-200 and WO-400.
Contact: Please direct questions regarding this IM to Matt Preston, National Conservation Lands, Science Lead (202-912-7175, MPreston@blm.gov).
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Carl Rountree Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director, National Landscape Division of IRM Governance, WO-560
Conservation System and Community Partnerships
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