Funding Agency: Department of Interior / Thematic Area: Other Themes of Sustainability

Department of Interior: Marine Turtle Conservation Fund
The Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (MTCA) is soliciting proposals for the conservation of marine turtles (Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata, Lepidochelys olivacea, Lepidochelys kempii) throughout their range outside of the United States and its territories.The goal of this program is to reduce threats to marine turtles in their natural habitat. Proposals should identify specific conservation actions that have a high likelihood of creating lasting benefits. Project activities that emphasize data collection and status assessment should describe a direct link to management action, and explain how lack of information has been a key limiting factor for management action in the past. Proposals that do not identify how actions will reduce threats or that do not demonstrate a strong link between data collection and management action will be disqualified. Proposed project work should occur within the species range, outside of the United States.
Jan. 22, 2018

Asian Elephant Conservation Fund Department of Interior F18AS00045
The Asian Elephant Conservation Fund recognizes the common goals and priorities of the 13 Asian elephant range state governments as stated in the Jakarta Declaration for Asian Elephant Conservation and supports projects that promote conservation of Asian elephants and their habitats through: ⿢ Applied research on elephant populations and their habitats, including surveys and monitoring; ⿢ Activities that result in fewer wild elephants being removed from the wild, reduce demand in consumer countries for ivory and other body parts, and prevent illegal killing of elephants; ⿢ Development and execution of elephant conservation management plans; ⿢ Compliance with applicable treaties and laws that prohibit or regulate the taking or trade of elephants or regulate the use and management of elephant habitat; ⿢ Conservation education and community outreach; ⿢ Enhanced protection of at-risk elephant populations; ⿢ Efforts to decrease human-elephant conflict; ⿢ Habitat conservation and management, including improved protected area management in important elephant ranges; ⿢ Strengthening local capacity to implement conservation programs; ⿢ Transfrontier elephant conservation; and ⿢ Wildlife inspection, law enforcement, and forensics skills. Support will also be given to projects that enhance the knowledge of decision makers and other stakeholders. These include legislators, teachers, school children, journalists, tourists, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations or businesses in order to strengthen their ability to positively influence wildlife conservation, management, legislation, policy, and finance; and to harmonize these with other national policies. Proposed project should occur within the range of the Asian elephant, or, if work is to be conducted outside of the range, the proposal should show a clear relevance to Asian elephant conservation. Applied research projects should address specific management needs and actions, and threats from emerging issues such as disease or poaching that affect the species and its habitats.
Feb. 01, 2018

Characterizing the Marine Invertebrate Paleontology of Shellabarger Pass to explain the Geological Evolution of Denali National Park and Preserve- P18AS00037
Shellabarger Pass, located in the Kichatna Mountains of the Alaska Range in the southwest corner of Denali National Park & Preserve (DENA), contains a rich assemblage of Paleozoic and possibly Mesozoic marine invertebrate fossils that may hold the key to understanding the regional geologic framework. The area is one of the least explored areas in DENA because of its remote location. However, reconnaissance fieldwork indicates that the area provides the best fossil preservation of the widest window of time, in the smallest area within DENA. Therefore, we seek to enter into an agreement with a collaborator to inventory these invertebrate marine fossils and decipher the regional geology. Most of Alaska, including this area, did not always belong to the North American continent. Over the last few hundred million years Alaska has been built by accretion of crustal fragments, many of them originally deposited 1000s of kilometers away. Recent resource assessment, stewardship planning, and legislative efforts call for inventory, condition evaluation, and protection of paleontological resources. The Denali Resources Stewardship Strategy and the Paleontology Resources Management Plan both call for inventory and monitoring of fossil resources. The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) of 2009 serves as explicit authority for the management, protection and interpretation of paleontological resources in parks. The PRPA specifically provides the NPS with mandates to enhance paleontological resources stewardship. It calls for the management and protection of paleontological resources using scientific principles and expertise.
Feb. 19, 2018. Applications must be received by NPS no later than 2/19/2018 at 1500 Alaska Standard Time

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Partners for Fish and Wildlife 2018- F18AS00051
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative targets the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem by funding and implementing federal projects that address these problems. One goal is to improve habitat and wildlife protection and restoration. Using appropriations from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program anticipates funding wetland (both coastal and interior) and associated upland habitat restoration and enhancement projects for conservation of native Great Lakes fish and wildlife populations, particularly migratory birds and, as appropriate, federally-listed species. Restoration projects will be completed on privately owned (non-federal/non-state) lands. Emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, completing projects within the watersheds of Great Lakes Areas of Concern and in coastal zones. The PFW Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. In the Great Lakes watershed, PFW biologists from eight states coordinate with project partners, stakeholders, and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the PFW state coordinator PRIOR TO submitting an application for funding.
Sept. 30, 2018

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