Multistate Conservation Grant Program; Priority List for Conservation Projects

Summary:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing in the Federal Register the priority list of 18 wildlife and sport fish conservation projects submitted by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for funding under the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. This notice is required by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-408). FY 2004 grants may be made from this priority list.

Table of Figures

For further information contact:

Pam Matthes, Multistate Conservation Grants Program Coordinator, Division of Federal Assistance, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP-4020, Arlington, Virginia 22203; phone (703) 358-2066; or e-mail Pam_Matthes@fws.gov.

Supplementary information:

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000 (Improvement Act) amended the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669et seq.) and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777et seq.) and established the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. The Improvement Act authorizes grants of up to $3 million annually from funds available under each of the Restoration Acts, for a total of up to $6 million annually. Grants may be made from a priority list of projects submitted by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (IAFWA), which represent the State fish and wildlife agencies. The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, exercising the authority of the Secretary of the Interior, need not fund all recommended projects, but may not fund projects that are not recommended.

To be eligible for consideration by the IAFWA, a project must benefit fish and/or wildlife conservation in at least 26 States, a majority of the States in a region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or a regional association of State fish and wildlife agencies. Grants may be made to a State or group of States, to non-governmental organizations, and to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or a State or group of States for the purpose of carrying out the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. IAFWA requires proposals to address its National Conservation Needs, which are announced annually at the same time as the request for proposals.

The IAFWA prepares the priority list through a committee comprising the heads of State fish and game departments (or their designees) in consultation with non-governmental organizations that represent conservation organizations, sportsmen organizations, and industries that support or promote hunting, trapping, recreational shooting, bow hunting, or archery. The priority list must be approved by majority vote of the heads of State fish and game departments (or their designees).

The priority list of projects submitted by the IAFWA follows:

IAFWA's Priority List of Projects for the 2004 Multistate Conservation Grant Program
Proposal IDTitle of proposalSubmitted byFunds requestedTotals
FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007FY 2008
PRWBPRWBPRWBPRWBPRWB
PR=Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act.
WB=Wallop Breaux (Dingell-Johnson) Sport Fish Restoration Act.
*Denotes proposal reviewed by more than one IAFWA committee.
04-002* Propagated Fish in Resource Management symposium workshpp American Fisheries Society $118,209 $118,209
04-003* Factors that Drive Sportfishing License Sales American Sportfishing Association $124,554 $124,554
04-005* Becoming an Outdoors Woman: Educating Women in Farmland Stewardship Fish and Wildlife-Based Recreation Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point $178,321 192,543 $370,.864
04-007* Multistate Conservation Grant Program Coordination IAFWA-Executive Committee $48,490 48,490 50,350 50,350 $197,680
04-009* Coordination of the Farm Bill Conservation Program Implementation IAFWA-Agricultural Conservation Task Force $117,000 123,300 $240,000
04-010* Coordination of Revisions of the NRCS National Handbook of Conservation Practices IAFWA-Agricultural Conservation Task Force $75,000 $75,000
04-012 Trailblazer Adventure Program US Sportsmen's Alliance $80,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 $320,000
04-013 Step Outside National Shooting Sports Foundation $78,800 78,800 $157,600
04-014 National Archery in the School Program National Alliance for the Development of Archery $77,000 54,000 54,000 $185,000
04-016* The Cost of Not Hunting and Trapping IAWFA-Animal Use Issues Committee Education, Outreach Diversity Committee $67,860 $67,860
04-027 Public Opinion on and Attitudes toward Fish and Wildlife Management in the 16 SEAFWA States SEAFWA, Contractor: Responsive Management $172,723 172,723 $345,445
04-041* State Wildlife Grant Plan Development: National Coordinated Assistance for all 50 States IAFWA-Teaming With Wildlife Committee $74,000 24,800 74,400 24,800 $198,400
04-043* The Conservation Communication Team IAFWA-Education, Outreach Diversity Committee and the Animal Use Issues Committee $30,000 30,000 $60,000
04-046* Furbearer Management and Regulated Trapping Professional Development Workshops Communication Planning Sessions for Fish Wildlife Professionals IAFWA-Furbearer Resources Task Force and the Education, Outreach, Diversity Committee $187,897 $187,897
04-048 Developing State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans Strategies for the Southeastern United States Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency $77,500 77,500 77,500 $232,500
04-055* Facilitation Continuation of the Partnership between the Foundation our State Partners for the Planning Implementing of the Hooked On Fishing—Not on Drugs Program Future Fisherman Foundation $128,000 172,500 197,000 $497,500
04-035 Project Coordinator for the 2006 National Survey-State-level Data USFWS $190,452 190,452 172,190 172,190 725,284
04-040a 2006 National Survey-Option 6 USFWS $1,357,387 1,357,387 1,357,387 1,357,387 1,357,387 1,357,387 1,357,387 1,357,387 110,454 110,454 $11,080,004
Totals $2,735,330 2,430,915 2,103,870 1,934,727 1,411,387 1,631,887 1,357,387 1,357,387 110,454 110,454 $15,183,797
Dated: February 4, 2004. Steve Williams,

Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.

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