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June 12, 2009Client Alert

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Availability of Federal Stimulus Funds for Habitat Restoration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) recently announced the availability of funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“The Act”) for habitat restoration through three different programs, the Coastal, Partners in Fish and Wildlife, and National Fish Passage Programs.

Applications for funds under all three programs must be submitted by September 30, 2009. The funds available under each of these programs are discussed in greater detail below.

1. Coastal Program Funds

  • How much funding is available? The Service expects to issue 20 awards, totaling approximately $5,000,000 under the Coastal Program. Applicants can receive up to $25,000, unless they receive approval for additional funding from the Service’s Washington office.

  • Who is eligible to receive an award? Awards can be granted to:
    • Federal, state, interstate, and intrastate agencies;
    • Local and tribal governments;
    • Public nonprofit organizations;
    • U.S. territories and possessions; and
    • Private landowners (both individuals and businesses).

  • What projects are eligible for funding? Funding is available for projects that:
    • Address coastal habitat conservation and restoration in coastal regions, including the Great Lakes; 
    • Address high priority wetland, upland or riparian habitats; and\
    • Provide a direct benefit to Federal Trust species, meaning migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, inter-jurisdictional fish, certain marine mammals, and species of international concern.

  • Is funding from other sources required? Yes. At least 50% of the cost of projects funded under this program on a national basis must be from sources other than the Service. This goal does not apply on a project-by-project basis.

2. Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

  • How much funding is available? The Service expects to issue 40 awards, totaling approximately $9,000,000 under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Applicants can receive up to $25,000, unless they receive approval for additional funding from the Service’s Washington office.

  • Who is eligible to receive an award? Awards can be granted to:
    • State, local and tribal governments;
    • Private landowners; and
    • Educational institutions or organizations.

  • What projects are eligible for funding? Funding is available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority wetland, upland or riparian habitats and provide a direct benefit to Federal Trust species.

Additionally, technical assistance for private landowners regarding restoration, enhancement and management of fish and wildlife habitats on their own land is available from the Secretary of the Interior.

  • Is funding from other sources required? Yes. At least 50% of the cost of projects funded under this program on national basis must be from sources other than the Service. This goal does not apply on a project-by-project basis.

3. National Fish Passage Program

  • How much funding is available? The Service expects to issue 45 awards, totaling approximately $2,800,000 under the National Fish Passage Program. Applicants can receive up to $500,000 in funding.

  • Who is eligible to receive an award? Awards can be granted to:
    • State, local and tribal governments;
    • Private landowners; and
    • Educational institutions or organizations.

  • What projects are eligible for funding? Funding is available for habitat restoration projects that address high priority aquatic habitats and provide a direct benefit to Federal Trust species.

Additionally, technical assistance for private landowners regarding restoration, enhancement, and management of fish and wildlife habitats is available from the Secretary of the Interior.

  • Is funding from other sources required? Yes. At least 50% of the cost of projects funded under this program on a regional basis must be from sources other than the Service. This goal does not apply on a project-by-project basis.

This client alert is one of a series designed to provide summaries of The Act and information and guidance regarding opportunities and relief made available through The Act. All of The Act client alerts are available on Michael Best's Stimulus and Economic Recovery Team publications page. For additional information on this topic, please feel free to contact one of the authors of this alert or your Michael Best attorney.

If you are interested in learning about other provisions included in The Act, the Michael Best Stimulus and Economic Recovery Team is prepared to assist you in understanding the implications and in developing and implementing a strategy to secure the benefits of this unprecedented legislation. Specifically, we will assist you to identify opportunities, prepare appropriate proposals and make targeted contacts to secure funds. We will also work with you to ensure that your applications are tailored to meet your needs and that your funded projects proceed in compliance with award requirements and applicable laws.

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