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United States Department of the Interior 
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
January 25, 2010

2100 (MT9240.5) P

Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2010-029
Expires: 9/30/2011
To:             Leadership Advisory Team
From:         Deputy State Director, Division of Resources
Subject:     Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Land and Water Conservation Fund
                   (LWCF) Project Submissions                                                      DD: 03/26/2010
Program Area: Land Acquisition
Purpose:  This memorandum transmits WO IM No. 2010-053 for submission of FY 2012 LWCF project proposals. Field offices should follow the program guidance and use the submission formats identified in the subject WO IM to prepare the request(s). Field offices should coordinate with the State Office Lands and Realty Program Lead and Access Program Manager on eligible land acquisition opportunities.  Prior to electronic submission to WO-350, field offices must provide a copy of the Questionnaire, Narrative, Fact Sheet, and map(s) to MT9240 for a State Director briefing on all proposed submissions. 
Policy/Action: Submissions are limited to 10 projects per state. To be eligible for LWCF consideration, projects must be within a unit of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) (with the exception of Wilderness Study Areas), an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, or a Special Recreation Management Area.  The proposal must comply with an approved land use plan and be available from a willing seller owner.  Properties under option and/or pre-purchased by a third party partner often receive favorable consideration.
Each submission will include a project Narrative, Fact Sheet, map(s), and a fill-in-the-blank Ranking Criteria Questionnaire.  Please refer to WO IM No. 2004-094, Attachments 1-2 and 1-3 (Narrative and maps), dated February 2, 2004, for guidance on completing these documents.  The questionnaire should be circulated to respective resource specialists and managers for completion.

Timeframe: Send submissions to Craig Haynes by COB Friday, March 26, 2010. Following a State Director briefing and concurrence, field offices can submit project proposals electronically to WO-350 by the April 16, 2010, due date. 

Budget Impact: Minimal
Background: The BLM continues a proactive land acquisition program with LWCF appropriations each year. Identification of individual properties within eligible project areas for the land acquisition program will be incorporated into the President’s Budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  This IM transmits interim policy that will be incorporated into H-2100-1, Acquisitions, during the next revision.
Coordination: Development of the LWCF land acquisition funding request is managed by WO-350.
Contact: If you have any questions concerning this IM, please contact Craig Haynes, Lands and Realty Program Lead, at (406) 896-5040.
Signed by:                                                       Authenticated by:
Theresa M. Hanley                                          Kathy Iszler
Deputy State Director                                     Staff Assistant (MT9240)
Division of Resources
1 Attachment
       1-WO IM No. MT-2010-053 (25 pp in its entirety)

Last updated: 03-18-2013