BLM OR/WA Biological Soil Crust Resarch and Restoration


Funding Opportunity ID: 293610
Opportunity Number: L17AS00086
Opportunity Title: BLM OR/WA Biological Soil Crust Resarch and Restoration
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.231
Eligible Applicants: 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:
Agency Code: DOI-BLM
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Posted Date: May 04, 2017
Close Date: Jul 03, 2017
Last Updated Date: May 04, 2017
Award Ceiling: $65,000
Award Floor: $1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $65,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Biological soil crusts (BSC) have been determined to be very important in native rangeland systems in limiting the spread of weeds, decreasing fuel loads, and holding native soils in place (reducing erosion). BSC is lost following wildfire, agriculture, intense grazing or other repeated physical disturbance. Very little information is available on whether BSC can be cultured and enhanced to restore damaged sites. This agreement will support research on BSC that will benefit both BLM land management and land management across all rangeland ownerships. The objective is to collaborate with a partner to gather additional information about biological soil crusts within the watershed, including culturing and using these crusts in restoration. Objectives of this agreement will be to determine: a) how much open (disturbed) ground surface needs to be seeded with BSC to meet restoration goals?; b) how effective is BSC amplification (culturing) at increasing the amount of disturbed area that can be treated/restored? Information produced from this agreement will improve BLM land management, and the management of other rangeland managers. Application of results are expected to lead to more resilient shrub-steppe ecosystems.
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