BLM Utah GSENM Pollen Core and Ethnobotany Analysis

The summary for the BLM Utah GSENM Pollen Core and Ethnobotany Analysis grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Bureau of Land Management, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
BLM Utah GSENM Pollen Core and Ethnobotany Analysis: Background: This proposed assistance agreement will support a project which will involve ethnobotanical studies and the analysis of pollen cores from two locations on GSENM. The cores were collected in 2012 and 2013, and have gone through initial analysis, with the results being the basis of a masterâ¿¿s thesis by a Northern Arizona University graduate student. This project is designed to extract additional, more detailed information from these cores and will more accurately reflect climatic conditions and vegetational changes throughout the Holocene. Some small amount of additional field work may be necessary. Although this will have a focus on archaeology, this can clearly benefit many other scientific disciplines.

Objectives: BLM Utah is looking to enter into an assistance agreement with a partner in which the purpose is twofold; first to provide needed background data regarding environmental changes through time, and second, to provide advanced educational opportunities through academic study of archaeological resources on BLM managed public land (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument). The climate of the Holocene has, at times, been considerably warmer than that of today. This study will shed light on past climatic warming trends and the information gained may well be applicable to the modern problem of global warming. Alongside the pollen core analysis will be ethnobotanical inventories designed to identify specific plant species of importance to Native Americans, the environments in which these plants are found, their presence or absence under present environmental conditions and the potential for the presence of these plants under past environmental conditions.

Public Benefit: Information returned from this study will show how past warming events have affected the area vegetation and fauna and how humans have adapted to past warming events. This may be particularly pertinent considering the modern problem of global warming. Anticipated information would be of use to hydrologists, paleontologists, botanists, geologists and geomorphologists, biologists, ecologists, and wildfire specialists. In addition to direct benefits to the university, faculty, and students, the public benefits of this study would come from publications, presentations at professional meetings and related outreach. Secondarily, the proposed assistance agreement will provide knowledge that will enhance the management, protection and interpretation of those resources on public lands. The GSENM Visitorâ¿¿s Center (VC) in Kanab emphasizes interpretation of archaeology, the VC in Cannonville offers interpretation of the differing land use strategies employed by the Paiute and the Euro American settlers at the time this area was settled in the late 1800s and the Escalante VC emphasizes desert ecology. This study will provide information important to a variety of disciplines noted above and these VCâ¿¿s offer a venue in which to promote greater awareness and understanding for the public regarding the past and how these sciences contribute to our understanding of human ecological interactions. This, in turn, is a factor in determining how the BLM manages public lands.
Federal Grant Title: BLM Utah GSENM Pollen Core and Ethnobotany Analysis
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Land Management
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: L16AS00143
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 323071
CFDA Descriptions: Cultural and Paleontological Resources Management
Current Application Deadline: Jul 25, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Jul 25, 2016
Posted Date: May 25, 2016
Creation Date: May 25, 2016
Archive Date: Sep 30, 2016
Total Program Funding: $30,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $30,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $5,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Information on Eligibility
This financial assistance opportunity is also open to all partners under any Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) program. CESUs are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education. If a cooperative agreement is awarded to a CESU partner under a formally negotiated Master CESU agreement, indirect costs are limited to a rate of no more than 17.5% of the indirect cost base recognized in the partner's Federal Agency-approved Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA).
Grant Announcement Contact
Grants Management Specialist Melanie Beckstead (801) 539-4169

Bureau of Land Management 801-539-4178
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