Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Proposals from States and Tribes for Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Project Grants

June 3, 2013

Contacts:
Gavin Shire
Gavin_Shire@fws.gov
(703) 358-2649
cell: (703) 346-9123


The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites submission of grant proposals from eligible states and Native American tribes for demonstration projects intended to reduce and address the impact of wolves on livestock operations. The agency will award approximately $850,000 in two categories: Prevention Grants that assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, non-lethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves, and Compensation Grants that reimburse livestock producers for livestock losses caused by wolves.

“The Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Project Grants Program is a tool for coordinating with state and tribal governments to reduce conflicts where gray wolves and livestock operations overlap, ” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “This program is an example of the kind of out-of-the-box thinking and strong, practical approach that has helped us conserve a host of imperiled species. It ensures that the livestock-rearing community is adequately equipped to prevent financial losses and compensated where losses are unavoidable. ”

Grant amounts will be contingent upon the quality and number of proposals received. Qualifying projects must include a 50 percent non-federal cost share, which may be cash or a third-party, in-kind contribution, such as volunteer efforts and donations of goods or services. Qualifying livestock includes cattle, swine, horses, mules, sheep, goats, livestock guard animals and other domestic animals. Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate Service regional offices by July 8, 2013.

Project proposals must include a narrative description of the program, a budget indicating how the funding will be used and how each state/tribe is contributing, and Standard Form 424 Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424).

For more information about these grants and the application requirements, contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Program, Division of Restoration and Recovery, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, VA 22203, or call (703) 358-2171. The Endangered Species Conservation-Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation and Prevention Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number is 15.666. Information collection associated with this program is done in accordance with OMB Information Collection Number: 1018-0154.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife, and plants. The Service is working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the grants, visit the Service’s Endangered Species web pages at: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html


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