Type: Instructor-led classroom training 

Duration: 24 hours

This course provides a basic knowledge of Federal requirements to submit, review, approve, monitor and manage WSFR land grants and to increase the effectiveness of Federal and State grant staff.

Who should take this course:
Persons responsible for managing WSFR land grants, including state wildlife agency coordinators, and WSFR Program grant specialists.

Draft Agenda: Lands Agenda


Lands course participants are required to take two on-line courses prior to the attending the Lands course. Students will learn about the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program history, mechanics of the funding, program eligibility requirements, the importance of the partnership, the grant management process and 75 years of accomplishments. Please allow approximately 1 hour total to complete both on-line courses. Click on the links below to get started.




Increase participants knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in:

  • Compliance requirements, NEPA, Section 7, SHPO and the Uniform Act;
  • Writing project statements for land grants (narratives);
  • Understanding the various types of real property interests
  • Indentifying the appropriate valuation methods for determining reasonable cost for interest in real property acquired with WSFR grant funds
  • Writing/submitting performance reports for land grants;
  • Recognizing the grantee or subgrantee responsibilities for disposal of interests in real property acquired with WSFR funds or contributed as match for a WSFR grant
  • Understanding the grantee responsibilities for managing, monitoring and inventory control of real property and conservation easements;
  • Identifying general and specific grant program guidance related to land grants.


Regions 1 & 7 - February 4 - 6, 2020 in Portland, OR

Regions 3, 4, 6 - February 19 - 21, 2020 in Atlanta, GA

Region 2 - March 3 - 5, 2020 in Arizona

Region 5 - March 24 - 26, 2020 in Hadley, MA

Region 8 - July 14 - 16, 2020 in Sacramento, CA

HQ - September 29 - October 1, 2020 at NCTC, Shepherdstown, WV

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to providing access to this course (event) for all participants. Please direct all requests for sign language interpreting services, close captioning, or other accommodation needs to Julie Schroyer, 304-876-7927, julie_schroyer@fws.gov, TTY 800-877-8339.


WSFR uses a web-based system called DOI TALENT to register students for Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) classes. Below are two sets of instructions (one for FWS/DOI employees, and one for External/Non-Service employees).

Registration Instructions for FWS and DOI Employees, Contractors and Volunteers
As long as you are logged into your computer using your DOI Access Card and PIN card, you will be automatically signed in and redirected to the DOI Talent homescreen.
Open an Internet Browser window.
Copy and paste this URL into the address bar: https://doitalent.ibc.doi.gov/

You can search for "WSFR" courses by clicking on the "Find Learning" tab. Click on "Courses" and type "WSFR" in the Search by Course Name field (see image below). A list of WSFR courses will appear at the bottom of the page (you may need to scroll down the page to see the courses). Click on the WSFR Lands Grants Management course to see the upcoming seminar events (classes).

Having Trouble Logging Into DOI Talent?
If you are a Service or DOI employee who previously had a DOI Learn account and you do not have a DOI Access Card, please contact the Customer Support Center for instructions.

Phone: 1-888-367-1622, menu option 3, then 7 (Monday - Friday, 6:00 am - 5:30 pm, Mountain)
Email: HRMS_Helpdesk@ios.doi.gov

Registration Instructions for External Learners (State partners and non-Service employees)
You must request a DOI Talent account (by completing a "new account request form" to register for this course. Please read these instructions prior to filling out the new account request form (link found below the instructions).

New Account Request Instructions:
There are 3 sections to the form; "Username and Password", "More Details" and "Other Fields"; you MUST complete ALL THREE sections and enter data into EVERY field, except for Role ID and Domain ID (these two fields may be left blank). See specific instructions for several fields below, other fields are self-explanatory.
'Username' field: insert the email address where you wish to receive system notifications. This will become your DOI Talent username. Please ensure that the spelling of your email address is correct in both the username and email address fields.
The "Comments" field: indicate the specific COURSE NAME (WSFR Lands Grants Management) and whether or not you've attended training with us before or have been affiliated with DOI in the past.
The "Bureau" field: select the BUREAU (Fish and Wildlife Service) that is offering the course you wish to attend.
The "Affiliation" field : select the option that most closely matches your situation (State/Local Gov, etc).

Now that you've read the above, use this new account request form.
Failure to provide ALL requested information will result in your request being denied.
All account approvals are performed manually. We review your request to determine which Bureau is sponsoring the training you are requesting and if you already have an account in our system. We endeavor to respond to your account request within 3 working days.

Once your account request is approved, you will receive and email message from "DOI Talent" that contains your Username and link to log in.  Please note: Your supervisor or manager in the DOI Talent system will be Marci Phillips (one our DOI Talent Data supervisors). Do not change your manager/supervisor in the DOI Talent system...keep Marci Phillips as your manager/supervisor.

When you submit a booking request for the class, note that there is no payment for the class. You will be placed on an automatic wait list. You will receive an email from DOI Talent when you are actually enrolled in the class (which should be approximately 8-10 weeks prior to the class at the latest).

If you have questions about registration, please contact the DOI Talent Data Steward at NCTC at doitalent@fws.gov or call 304-870-7101.  

Contact WSFR Program's Information Management Branch at 304-876-7927 for general questions.

Financial Assistance Toolkit:

Persons attending the Lands Grants Management course will be required, prior to the class, to download the current version of the Financial Assistance (FA) Training Toolkit onto either a work electronic device (tablet or laptop computer) or personal device and bring with them to the class.  We will use the Toolkit as a resource throughout the class to review statutes, regulations, policies, and guidance.  For directions on how to download the FA Training Toolkit, please click here: Financial Assistance Training Toolkit   


Contact Phil King at 304-876-7469 or Ryan Oster at 304-596-3641

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