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

September 9, 2011

6100 (MT924.4) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-079
Expires: 9/30/2012
To:             Montana Dakotas Leadership
                  Attention: National Monument Managers, Wilderness/WSA Managers, and Resource Specialists with NLCS Responsibilities
From:         State Director
Subject:     National Landscape Conservation System Request for Research Partnerships
                                                                                                                        DD: 11/04/2011
Program Area:  National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS)
Purpose:  Requests proposals for scientific research funding for Fiscal Year 2012
Policy/Action: All offices who manage National Monuments, Wilderness/Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, or National Scenic and Historic Trails are requested to complete Budget Planning System (BPS) submissions for consideration.  The NLCS Science Program will provide financial support for projects that seek to enhance our scientific knowledge related to issues within NLCS and for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at large. 
Please review Attachment 1 of WO IM No. 2011-163, National Landscape Conservation System Research and Scientific Program Request for Research Proposals, to review funding criteria and submission requirements. Each office is encouraged to develop at least one research proposal using BPS. 
Timeframe: Please provide a BPS project number to Dave Lefevre, NLCS Program Lead (MT-924), by close of business November 4, 2011. 
Budget Impact: None.
Background: On March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11) into law. The Act supports the NLCS Science Program. On November 15, 2010, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, signed Secretarial Order 3308, which directs the BLM to integrate science into management of the NLCS and to promote research and education as means for understanding NLCS lands and resources. The NLCS Science Program strives to build natural, cultural, and social scientific information related to BLM-managed public lands, increase effectiveness of resource management strategies, foster cooperative conservation, and encourage public interest and ownership in the long-term conservation of America’s landscapes. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.
Coordination: This IM has been coordinated with WO-170.
Contact: Please contact David Lefevre, Montana/Dakotas NLCS Lead (MT-924), at 896-5037.
Signed by:                                                                   Authenticated by:
Jamie E. Connell                                                          Kathy Iszler
State Director                                                              Staff Assistant (MT-924)
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