BLM Utah Reptile and Amphibian Inventory and Monitoring

The summary for the BLM Utah Reptile and Amphibian Inventory and Monitoring 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 Reptile and Amphibian Inventory and Monitoring: 1. Background: Amphibians and reptiles are important components of our vertebrate diversity yet they are some of the least studied species and this lack of information limits implementation of best management practices in habitats and ecosystems. Amphibians are closely tied to water and riparian areas and are sensitive to disturbance (e.g., fire), drought, non-native predators, and water quality. Reptiles are abundant in warmer, drier environments, including pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush shrublands, salt desert, and canyonlands, habitats that are under consideration for fuels management, weed management, energy development, and habitat modifications targeting Greater sage-grouse. Utah has some of the highest diversity of amphibians and reptiles in United States. The goal of this project is to improve basic knowledge of the distribution, abundance, and habitat associations of these diverse taxa, and evaluate effects of resource and land management actions on amphibian and reptile populations. Information on movement patterns and gene flow in relation connectivity and habitat fragmentation is also of interest, especially in the context of current and future management scenarios and ecosystem shifts as a result of invasive species, fire, and climate change. Since habitat loss is the largest threat to these species (Novarro et al, 2015) it is important to discover how the decisions the BLM is making across the state of Utah might potentially impact these species into the future. Some activities are planned to increase, such as vegetation treatments within sagebrush ecosystems. These treatments will be favorable towards sagebrush ecosystems and be targeted towards Greater Sage-Grouse. There is not much information about what these treatments will do to non-target species such as amphibians and reptiles. Since habitat loss along with habitat alteration and fragmentation are threats to reptiles and amphibians and BLM is a multiple use, it is important for to understand how all projects impact all aspects of the ecosystem including herpetofauna.

Objectives: The objectives of this project are to 1) Gather information for a baseline inventory for reptiles and amphibians in SW Utah, 2) Understand how these species use and move on the different habitats, 3) develop an understanding of the basic needs of reptiles and amphibians in southwest Utah 5) begin to understand how these species use landscapes in Utah, 3) understand how climatic factors might affect how these species use the habitats 4) strive to understand if and how vegetation treatments that have been completed and continue to be completed have impacts on species and their demographics movements within certain habitats in southwest Utah.

Public Benefit: The public benefit of this project is to gather baseline information. This project would also attempt to forecast past and forecast future conditions for herps in the region in order to adapt activities and actions in order to better manage for these species. Smaller species like herps are very important to all other aspects of the ecosystem. If the BLM is inadvertently impacting these species and therefore impacting the entire sagebrush or juniper ecosystem then many of the species within that system (food chain, etc.) may eventually be impacted.
Federal Grant Title: BLM Utah Reptile and Amphibian Inventory and Monitoring
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Land Management
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: L16AS00171
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 323750, 323751
CFDA Descriptions: Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Resource Management
Current Application Deadline: Aug 8, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Aug 8, 2016
Posted Date: Jun 8, 2016
Creation Date: Jun 8, 2016
Archive Date: Sep 30, 2016
Total Program Funding: $42,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $42,000
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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