Disclaimer

This project statement is meant to be used as a training aid. While some of the information provided in the project statement is based upon factual data, the entire project statement is not meant to represent an actual project statement drafted by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.


Arkansas Statewide Habitat Management and Public Access

Need

There is a need to maintain viable populations of wild birds and mammal species in order to provide wildlife dependent outdoor recreation opportunities and sustainable wildlife populations in ArkansasMaintaining adequate habitat to support forest, upland, and wetland dependent wildlife species is of great importance to those who hunt, trap, view, study and photograph wildlife throughout the State. Over 458,000 individuals spend nearly 11 million days pursuing wildlife dependent recreation in Arkansas annually. Wildlife habitat in Arkansas is becoming more fragmented from changes in urban and agricultural land use as the state’s population increases. Habitat and cropland loss from urban sprawl occurs at an average rate of 12,500 acres/year. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission manages 62 state-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s) encompassing 2,863,294 acres and the WMAs are important resources where wildlife populations can be effectively managed and available for recreational and economic benefit. Arkansas’ ability to sustain viable populations of wildlife species for wildlife dependent recreation will be significantly compromised unless habitat is managed, maintained, and restored. 

Purpose

The purpose of this grant is for the conservation of wildlife species and their associated habitats for maintaining viable populations and public enjoyment and use.

Objectives

  • Directly manage 162,746 acres by June 30, 2017.  (NOTE: TRACS strategy - Direct Habitat & Species Management)

Results and Benefits Expected

To the Resource: This project will result in habitat improvements and reduced risk of declining species of wild birds and mammals on state lands and adjoining private lands. It will result in improved plant diversity and restoration of habitat communities.

To the User:  Improved hunting and other wildlife dependent outdoor opportunities. 

To the Economy: Increased revenues from shooting ranges and hunting and fishing trips.

To Society: Outreach opportunities including public presentations about restoration work, field trips for stakeholder groups, and several field days to share information with private landowners

Approach

Objective 1 - Directly manage 162,746 acres by June 30, 2017

Habitat management and restoration projects and activities that will be conducted to accomplish project objectives include (see Table 1 for a list of activities by WMA):

Forest habitat management activities

  • Annual maintenance of 662 miles of firebreaks in support of scheduled prescribed fire activities.
  • Manipulation of vegetative communities on 8,628 acres of wildlife openings within the forest matrix to diversify habitat.
  • Prescribing of herbicides, pre-commercial and commercial forest thinning, and the application of prescribed fire as wildlife stand improvement on 1,520 acres of forested habitat to promote and restore historical vegetative and forest structure.
  • Reforestation (forest management, hard and soft mast production, etc) of selected sites which promotes the achievement of long-term management area habitat plans.

Upland habitat management activities

  • Wildlife stand inventory of 21,041 acres to provide treatment guidance and follow-up by treatment audits to assess treatment effectiveness.
  • Mowing, disking, fertilizing, liming and planting of 5,465 acres of food plots in planned mixtures of both warm season and cool season annuals and perennials to supplement native forage with small acreages of high quality cultivated forage.
  • Chemical control of woody stems and the mechanical soil disturbance on 33,955 acres of old field habitat to provide early seral-stage vegetative communities.

Wetland habitat management activities

  • Prescribed application of herbicides to control or eliminate noxious/invasive weed species, the timed application and removal of water to manipulate high quality moist-soil vegetative plant communities, the mechanical soil disturbance to enhance high quality moist-soil vegetative plant communities, and the periodic planting of cultivated crops on sites where natural moist-soil plants are lacking on 5,034 acres of moist soil units.
  • Seasonal flooding, manipulation and dewatering of 107,482 acres of green-tree impoundments.
  • Maintenance of 270 constructed water holes.

Administrative Activities

Conducting related project administration, coordination and planning (to include development of WMA master plans and annual work plans), evaluation, program development (to include training all agency personnel involved in the habitat management program through continuing education and workshops and symposia as well as through close coordination with multi-agency regional efforts) and all other associated eligible activities.

(NOTE: TRACS activity tags for reporting purposes).
TRACS Activity Tag 1: Prescribed Fire (# of acres) 
TRACS Activity Tag 1: Planting/seeding (# of acres) 
TRACS Activity Tag 1: Other vegetation management practices (# of acres)
TRACS Activity Tag 1: Forest Stand Management (# of acres)
TRACS Activity Tag 1: Wetland creation/ management (# of acres)

Useful Life

No capital improvements over $10,000 will be made with this project proposal.

Geographic Location

Statewide - See the attached table for specific activities by location.

Principal Investigator

Not applicable

Program Income

This grant will generate an estimated $450,000 in program income through the sale of timber harvested on WMAs. Approval is requested to use the additive method for application of this program income. Program income will be applied solely towards the cost of habitat management, maintenance, and restoration activities as described herein.

Budget Narrative

Funding for this project shall be provided by the Wildlife Restoration Grant program of the Wildlife Restoration Act.

Total project cost is estimated at $2,448,000

Federal Share shall be $1,836,000 (75%)

State Share shall be $612,000 (25%) 

NOTE: Applicants may provide the budget information using the SF 424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs), SF 424C (Budget Information for Construction Programs), or using the applicant’s created budget displaying an equivalent or greater level of detail. 

Budget Class Category

Cost

Personnel (salaries)

$950,000

Fringe Benefits

$252,700

Travel

$18,000

Equipment

$0

Supplies

$540,650

Contractual

$441,850

Construction

$0

Other

$0

Total Direct Costs

$2,203,200

Indirect Costs

$244,800

TOTAL Direct/Indirect

$2,448,000

Program Income (additive)

$450,000

Total

$2,898,000

Personnel - budget estimate comprised of staff (25-30) in the following classifications: (1) Regional Wildlife Coordinator; (2) Public Lands Wildlife Biologist; (3) Wildlife Foreman; (4) Wildlife Senior Technician; and (5) Wildlife Technician.

Fringe Benefits -consists of the required employer contribution of Social Security, Medicare, unemployment tax, retirement, and employee health insurance, and is estimated at 26.2% of salaries.

Travel - staff will attend in-state meetings related wildlife and habitat management issues/concerns.  Staff may also attend regional/national meetings such as The Wildlife Society and Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (including the various committees and sections).  Travel costs will include lodging, transportation, and per diem following state policies and procedures.

Supplies - budget estimate includes general office/lab supplies, field attire, tools, electrical items, herbicide, herbicide application items, and prescribed fire supplies/items.

Contractual - budget estimate includes contractual agreements with third party commercial timber harvesters to meet habitat and species management goals/objectives.

Indirect Costs - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s approved NICRA is 20.35% applied to the base of salary and fringe.  A copy of the NICRA is on file in the WSFR Region 4 Office.    

In-Kind Match: $0

Pre-Award Costs: $0 No pre-award costs are requested for this grant.

Indirect Cost Statement: “We are (1) a U.S. state government entity receiving more than $35 million in direct Federal funding each year with an indirect cost rate of 20.35%.  We submit our indirect cost rate proposals to our cognizant agency.  A copy of our most recently approved rate agreement/certification is attached.”

Single Audit Reporting Statement: The State of Arkansas was required to submit a Statewide Single Audit report for its most recently closed fiscal year and that report is available on the Federal Audit Clearinghouse Single Audit Database website.  The report is filed under the State of Arkansas’ EIN (99-9999999).

Conflict of Interest Statement: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, at the time of this application, is not aware of any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise during the life of this award which may affect the Commission, its employees, or its subrecipients.  Should an actual or potential conflict of interest arise during the period of performance, then the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will notify the WSFR Regional Office.

Multipurpose Projects

Not applicable

Relationship with Other Grants

This grant will continue work conducted under the WMA Maintenance, Operations and Habitat Management grant AR-W-F13AF01229 (W-64-45).

Timeline

March – September:  Planting/seeding native upland and wetland vegetation and implement prescribed grassland burns

March – June: Timber cutting and timber stand improvements

Year-round:  Invasive plant control and other vegetative control activities; provide assistance to landowners

General

NOTE: 50 CFR 80.82 (c) requires that a project statement must include information pertaining to 13 data elements.  Element 13 (General) requires that information be included in the project statement that (a) shows that the proposed activities are eligible for funding and substantial in character and design and (b) enables the Service to comply with applicable requirements under NEPA, ESA, and NHPA, and other laws, regulations, and policies.  If information is not provided in the project statement, please attach additional documentation regarding NEPA, ESA, and NHPA compliance. 


 Related Pages

Wildlife Restoration- WSFR


Resources

Project Statement - Statewide Habitat Management and Public Access (Word file)

WSFR_Quick Reference_WR

Wildlife Restoration Funding Diagram


References

§ 50 CFR 80.50 What activities are eligible for funding under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act?

§ 50 CFR 80.82 What must an agency submit when applying for a project-by-project grant?


 



 

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