Notice of Intent-Assessment of Grassland Habitat Quality and Management Practices for Pollinators

Funding Opportunity ID: 283757
Opportunity Number: P16AS00161
Opportunity Title: Notice of Intent-Assessment of Grassland Habitat Quality and Management Practices for Pollinators
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.945
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: This is a notice of intent and a noncompetitive award in accordance with the Department of Interior 505 Departmental Manual 2.12C. Please see attached announcement for more information.
Agency Code: DOI-NPS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date: May 12, 2016
Close Date: May 21, 2016
Last Updated Date: May 12, 2016
Award Ceiling: $43,500
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $43,500
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The purpose of this project is to enhance our understanding of habitat quality and availability for pollinator species, particularly monarch butterflies and native bee species in parks of the southern plains. We also hope to gain some insight regarding how management of those grasslands (e.g., fire and exotic plant treatments) might influence the quality or availability of such habitat. It is our intention to use this information to help guide us toward inclusion of pollinator habitat attributes into our ongoing monitoring of grassland habitats conducted the Southern Plains Network and Southern Plains Fire Group. The loss of pollinators in recent years has been dramatic and widespread. Declines and concern for pollinators has gotten so severe that the President of the United States has issued a Memorandum calling for a strategy to promote the health of pollinators. The implication of pollinator declines to the public is sufficiently dramatic that the Presidential Memorandum concluded that â¿¿the problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment.â¿ In addition to the impacts on our economy and agriculture, the National Park Service also has the obligation of preserving unimpaired our natural (and cultural) resources for the enjoyment of this and future generations. In this context, the loss of pollinators also impacts our ability to preserve our nationâ¿¿s natural resources. For example, the population of migrating Monarchs reached its lowest recorded level in the 2013-2014 migrating season, and according to the Presidential Memorandum there is an imminent risk of failed migration. This project is a first step for the Southern Plains Network to better assess, and manage for, pollinator habitat in grasslands of the Southern Plains.
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