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Fiscal Year 2005 Tribal Wildlife Grants; Request for Grant Proposals

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of request for proposals.

SUMMARY:

We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are soliciting project proposals for Federal assistance under the Tribal Wildlife Grants program (TWG). The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 authorized an appropriation of $69,027,526 for wildlife conservation grants to States and to the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribes under provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. The Act further specified that the Service use $ 5,916,645 of the funds for a competitive grant program available to federally recognized Indian Tribes. This allows the Secretary, through the Director of the Service, to manage a separate Tribal grant program not subject to the provisions of the formula-based State Wildlife Grants program, or other requirements of the State Wildlife Grants portion of Pub. L. 107-63.

DATES:

Project proposals must be postmarked by April 4, 2005 and submitted to the appropriate Regional Office (see Table 1 in ADDRESSES).

ADDRESSES:

For information regarding collection requirements and application kit, applicants should contact the Native American Liaison in the Service's Regional Office for the State in which the proposed project would occur. The contact information for each Regional Office is listed in Table 1 below. Information on the TWG is also available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of the Native American Liaison, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop 3251, Washington, DC 20240, fax (202) 501-3524 and electronically at http://grants.fws.gov/​tribal.html.

Send your project proposal to the Service's Regional Office for the State in which the proposed project would occur (see Table 1 under this section). You must submit one original and two copies of the complete proposal. We will not accept facsimile project proposals.

Table 1.—Where To Send Project Proposals and List of Regional Contacts

Service regionStates where the project will occurWhere to send your project proposalRegional Native American liaison and phone number
Region 1Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and CaliforniaRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastside Federal Complex, 911 NE. 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232-4181Scott L. Aikin, (503) 231-6123.
Region 2Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and TexasRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue, SW., P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM 87103-1306John Antonio, (505) 248-6810.
Region 3Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and WisconsinRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 55111-4080John Leonard, (612) 713-5108.
Region 4Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and TennesseeRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Blvd., Rm. 410, Atlanta, GA 30345James D. Brown, (404) 679-7125 or Kyla Hastie, (404) 679-7133.
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Region 5Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West VirginiaRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, MA 01035-9589D.J. Monette, (413) 253-8662.
Region 6Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and WyomingRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 134 Union Boulevard, Suite 400, Lakewood, CO 80228David Redhorse, (303) 236-4575.
Region 7AlaskaRegional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503-6199Tony DeGange, (907) 786-3492.

Request For Proposals: The Service invites submission of grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribal governments (including Alaska Native Villages) for the development and implementation of programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species that are not hunted or fished. This program supports the efforts of federally recognized Tribal governments in projects that develop or augment the capacity to manage, conserve, or protect fish and wildlife resources through the provision of funding and technical support.

For complete application guidelines, please refer to http://grants.fws.gov/​tribal.html or contact the Native American Liaison in your Fish and Wildlife Service Region (see Table 1 in ADDRESSES). The Application Kit outlines program requirements, selection criteria, and award procedures.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For further information, contact the Native American Liaison in the appropriate Regional Office (see Table 1 under ADDRESSES) or Patrick Durham, Office of the Native American Liaison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street, Mail Stop 3012 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, 202/208-4133.

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Dated: January 25, 2005.

Marshall Jones,

Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.

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