Protect Biological Diversity and Improve Visitor Experience by Removing Exotic Plants (PLC) – SACN

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Funding Opportunity ID: 295460
Opportunity Number: NOIP16AC00312
Opportunity Title: Protect Biological Diversity and Improve Visitor Experience by Removing Exotic Plants (PLC) – SACN
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: NOTICE OF INTENT TO FUND – This Funding Announcement is not a request for applications. The announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service (NPS), intention to fund the following project activities without competition.
CFDA Number(s): 15.931
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: This announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service’s intention to award a task agreement under a previously competed or single source justified master cooperative agreement P15AC00009.
Agency Code: DOI-NPS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date: Jul 12, 2017
Close Date: Jul 22, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017
Award Ceiling: $44,837
Award Floor: $24,200
Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,637
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Master Cooperative Agreement Number P15AC00009 was entered into by and in between the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service (NPS), and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa for the purpose of placement of high school and college-aged individuals and other qualified persons who volunteer their services in exchange for training and education experiences in resource management, safety, job-readiness and technical skills, and helps young people develop personal responsibility, a strong work ethic and greater awareness of environmental stewardship. The objective is to support and stimulate work and/or education and training opportunities for youth and young adults through collaborative participation in managing invasive plant species that threaten the environment and visitor experience to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Task Agreement P16AC00312 original agreement was for $24,200.00 (with $9,927.58 in cost share) and a modification to add additional funding for $20,636.02 is required to fund the current project activities. STATEMENT OF WORK: The Conservation Corps intends to implement a best practice approach to invasive species management that incorporates project work and education. This will be accomplished by hiring Conservation Corps crews to work at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The crews will consist of two young adult leaders and 6 high school youth each. The Conservation Corps crews will complete invasive plant removal through cutting with loppers and hand saws. Invasive plants may also be pulled by hand and assist with habitat restoration and other park projects. RECIPIENT AGREES TO: 1) Provide and assign Conservation Corps crew and crew leasers to projects agreed upon by Conservation Corps and the NPS, 2) Provide mainland transportation for crews and crew leaders to and from the project sites, 3) Set up camp (provide tents and other camping equipment when deemed necessary) near the project sites or commute daily from a nearby shop location, 4) Provide personal items and ground transportation as required to complete the project identified, 5) Handle all administrative records required for stewardships in the program, 6) Provide and maintain for any bodily injury and liability insurance coverage for all Conservation Corps members, 7) Provide safety plan that includes various job safety analysis for the work tasks, 8) Provide first aid and CPR training with daily tailgate safety sessions, and 8) Provide personal safety equipment. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AGREES TO: NPS is substantially involved and agrees to: 1) Assign NPS employees, who are fully qualified and experienced, to provide technical advice for crews and crew leaders providing work under this Task Agreement, 2) Provide available tools and specialized equipment as required, and 3) Provide a safe working environment and educational opportunities for Conservation Corps crew members.
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