November 23, 2009
In Reply Refer To:
6100 (170) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-020
Expires: 9/30/2011
To:                    State Directors
From:                 Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships
Subject:            National Monument and National Conservation Area FY 2009 Reports
DD: 01/29/2010
Program Area:  National Monuments; National Conservation Areas and Similar Designations                                                                                           
Purpose:  To request that State Directors submit to the Washington Office (WO) Division of the National Landscape Conservation System (WO-171) a Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Manager’s Report for each National Monument, National Conservation Area, and similarly designated area.  

Policy/Action:  Each National Monument, National Conservation Area, Outstanding Natural Area, Cooperative Management and Protection Area, and Forest Reserve (collectively, NM/NCA) Manager must complete a FY 2009 report for his or her unit.  All reports shall follow the guidelines and template provided in the attached documents. Individualized templates are available on the WO-171 SharePoint site; finished reports shall be posted to this site.  States shall certify that the reports have received State Director review and approval using the format provided.
Time Frame:  Managers should complete their reports in time to allow for State Office review. Reports shall be posted to the SharePoint site by January 29, 2010.
Budget Impact:  Negligible. 

Background:  The WO requested reports from NM/NCA Managers in 2006, 2007, and 2008. These reports and accompanying photographs have been vital to the WO’s understanding of NM/NCAs.  WO staff use these reports when developing budgets and guidance, briefing the various levels of the organization, and creating a more cohesive sense of NLCS priorities.  The reports provide WO staff with relevant, accurate, on-hand information about each unit, reducing the need for additional data calls.

Also for the 2009 report, NLCS will also solicit information on wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, and national scenic and historic trails. An Instruction Memorandum (IM) requesting these additional reports will be sent out in the next calendar year, after Field Offices have been given the opportunity to review the report templates.

Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.
Coordination:  Preparation of this IM was coordinated with WO-172, WO-200, and state and field offices by way of email, telephone, and conference calls.
Contact:  If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact Bob Ratcliff, Acting Division Chief, National Landscape Conservation System at 202-912-7170 or Kristin Bail, Program Lead, National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, at 202-912-7078.
Signed by:                                                                    Authenticated by:
Carl Rountree                                                               Robert M. Williams
Director, National Landscape Conservation                 Division of IRM Governance, WO-560
   System and Community Partnerships
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