Washington, DC 20240
August 10, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
6100 (170) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2011-163
Expires:  9/30/2012
To:                   State Directors and Center Directors
From:               Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community                                               Partnerships
Subject:           National Landscape Conservation System Request for Research                                                      Proposals                                                                     DD: 11/10/2011
Program AreaThe National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS)
Purpose:  This Directive requests all NLCS units to prepare proposals for scientific research funding
Policy/Action:  All NLCS units (National Monuments, National Conservation Areas and similar designations, Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails) are requested to complete BPS submissions for consideration.
The NLCS Science Program provides 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. This program strives to build natural, cultural, and social scientific information related to BLM managed public lands, increase the effectiveness of resource management strategies, foster cooperative conservation, and encourage public interest and ownership in the long-term conservation of America’s landscapes.  

Attachment 1 identifies general granting guidelines, application procedure, eligibility, and evaluation criteria.

Time frame:  Proposals are due in the WO on November 10, 2011. Submit proposals via BPS. Proposals will be selected by January 27, 2012.

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.  This Act legislatively established five new NLCS units: Prehistoric Trackways National Monument (New Mexico), Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (Colorado), Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (New Mexico), Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (Utah), and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area (Utah). 

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.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.
Coordination:  This IM has been coordinated with WO-200 and WO- 600.
Contact:  Direct questions regarding this IM to Lara Douglas (202) 912-7173, LEDouglas@blm.gov, or Matthew Preston (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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