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An addendum to the 2011 National Survey titled "Target Shooting by Hunters and Their Use of Shooting Ranges: 1975, 1991, and 2011" is available. It is an analytical report using 2011 Survey data describing the extent of target shooting and shooting range use by hunters. It has trend data going back to 1975. Demographics and types of weapons used are covered.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director announced that more than $16.6 million will be awarded to 21 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2014.  (News Release).

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program announces the publication of the annual Request for Applications (RFA) for the Fiscal Year 2015 Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG), Tier 1 and Tier 2 on Grants.gov (CFDA 15.622).  Applicants are encouraged to contact their WSFR Regional office staff for assistance with preparing and submitting applications. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 19, 2014.

August 19, 2013

Contacts:
Laury Parramore
Laury_Parramore@fws.gov 
(703) 358-2541
cell: (703) 589-6947

Kim Betton
Kim_Betton@fws.gov
703/358-2081



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced more than $6.9 million in competitive grants to six states and one U.S. territory for projects to support recreational boating through the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Tier II program. The Service also will release approximately $400,000 to six states willing to match a smaller grant program known as BIG Tier I. 
 
“The BIG program is one of many ways we support access and provide quality outdoor opportunities for the nation’s recreational anglers and boaters,” said Assistant Director Hannibal Bolton of the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. “These grants also spur major construction projects, create jobs and provide much-needed economic benefits.”
 
Funding for the BIG program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and gasoline.

“The Boating Infrastructure Grant program provides critical federal funding that is leveraged by states and marinas to create and maintain docks and other infrastructure that increase access for America's boaters to get out on our nation’s waters,”  said Thomas Dammrich, chairman of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council and president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.  “The Council commends the Service for its extraordinary effort in opening up a second grant application cycle for this year, allowing some of that money to be put to work quickly to help rebuild boating infrastructure damaged and destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.”

Along with $13.5 million in BIG funds provided in April, the Service awarded a total of nearly $21 million through this program in Fiscal Year 2013. BIG Tier II grants will be made for efforts in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In addition, the Service will release approximately $400,000 to six states:  Florida, Louisiana, New York, South Carolina, Washington and Wisconsin through BIG Tier I. Using Tier I grant funds, states make awards through their own competitive processes.

For more information about the BIG Tier II projects, visit:http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/BIG/BIG_Funding.htm
 
The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is a 75-year partnership to benefit fish and wildlife and provide Americans with access to the outdoors through a self-imposed investment paid by manufacturers and users of gear bought by anglers, boaters, hunters and shooters and managed by federal and state fish and wildlife agencies. Fishing and hunting licenses and a motorboat fuel tax also support fish and wildlife. For 75 years, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has provided more than $14 billion for fish and wildlife, supplied jobs for many Americans, and benefitted local economies through boating, fishing, hunting and shooting activities.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program training team is excited to announce the release of a new e-learning course titled The Grants Management Process. This course will be offered as a pre-requisite for all those who will participate in the Project Leader's (PLC) and Basic Grants Management (BGM) courses. This is the second WSFR e-learning course developed in cooperation with the  National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Division of Knowledge Resources and Technologies (KREATE). 

The purpose of this e-learning course is for students to arrive at the PLC and BGM courses with basic knowledge of the WSFR Program and the Grants Management Process. This will allow more time in the instructor led portion of the courses to be devoted to the most significant subject matter.

 

This new on-line course incorporates a game board approach that takes learners on a journey through each life phase of a grant. The course is fun and engaging while accomplishing established learning objectives. A Certificate of Completion can be printed for all those who successfully complete the course. Certificates must be presented to the classroom instructor at the Project Leader's and Basic Grants Management Courses. We hope you will enjoy this new e-learning tool.

Check out the course here:  http://nctc.fws.gov/courses/WSFR/GMP/content/index.html

Note: iPad users should open the URL and create a Bookmark on the Home Screen. Then, click on the Home Screen bookmark to open the course.

The FWS Financial Assistance Wiki (FAwiki) is now available for your use.  Its web address is:http://fawiki.fws.gov

What is a Wiki?  A Wiki is a website developed by many users providing content to develop a knowledgebase.  In this instance, it is FWS Financial Assistance. 

 In the past we often cataloged our institutional FA (grant and cooperative agreement) knowledge by using: 1) Guidance, 2) Email (archives and message threads), and 3) Employee experience (subject matter experts).  The FA Wiki does not replace your existing sources of information and guidance (such as the FAPO and FA Systems Intranet websites, document archives, etc.).  The FAwiki allows FWS to bring those resources together into one tool that documents and preserves the information in a manner that is accessible to everyone.  The collaboration ability of a wiki affords all partnerships a vehicle for input. The FAwiki is a recently developed knowledge base built to contain FWS Financial Assistance policies, laws, rules, guidance, and best practices for individuals who have grant program and/or cooperative agreement management or grantee/recipient responsibilities.  It provides a lasting, accessible knowledge base of guidance for our respective Financial Assistance managers, specialists, and award recipients. 

The FWS FAwiki is topic rather than guidance based.    The general Topic Organization is:

Topic

Definition

Applicable Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Aids

Related Topics

Related Pages

Grant Program Specific Guidance

Comments

At this time the content of the FAwiki is incomplete.  As additional FWS Financial Assistance partners contribute program specific content, a more complete and robust reference tool will evolve.  The current content is from FWS-wide Financial Assistance guidance for grants and cooperative agreements and WSFR grant program guidance. The information from these sources was the most readily available to the wiki developers. This content is currently being refined and arranged into an efficient organization of financial assistance reference materials. 

Additional FWS program specific guidance will be placed in the FAwiki knowledgebase as more financial assistance partners participate in the wiki environment. All FWS Financial Assistance Programs may use the FAwiki to store and distribute current guidance and historically significant information for their program managers, specialists, and financial assistance partners/recipients.

We invite you to visit the FAwiki and consider the possibilities for your program(s).  Questions, comments, and suggestions about the FAwiki can be submitted from within the wiki by clicking on the e-mail link found at the bottom of every page. Or, contact Steve Leggans, WSFR Information Management Branch Chief via e-mail or 304-876-7463; or contact Scott Knight, WSFR National Training Coordinator via e-mail or 304-876-7465.  

Please let your staff members know that the FWS's Financial Assistance Wiki is now available at http://fawiki.fws.gov

Funding supports clean waters and recreational boating 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that more than $14.7 million will be awarded to 23 states under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program in 2013.  
The first Clean Vessel Act awards were made in 1993. Since that time the Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has awarded more than $200 million to states for projects funding construction, replacement, renovation, and maintenance of facilities that assist recreational boaters in properly disposing of on-board septic waste.  The program also provides information and education on the importance, benefits, and availability of pump outs. 
 “Clean Vessel Act grants are essential to ensure clean water and healthy environments that allow for recreational boating opportunities,” said Service Director Dan Ashe.  “The CVA program has a substantial economic impact on local communities, which is a win-win situation for conservation initiatives and businesses across America.” 

Funds for the CVA program are provided annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust fund.  These funds are derived through the collection of fishing tackle manufacturer excise taxes and boat and fishing import duties as well as motorboat and small engine fuel taxes.  The program supports the user-pay, public-benefit cycle that has led to the successes of the Sport Fish Restoration programs. States apply for CVA funding and they or their partners provide matching funds to complete projects. Sub-grantees often include local municipalities and private marinas. 

In addition to traditional on-dock pump outs, projects include pumpout boats that travel in designated harbors to make the sewage collection process more efficient and convenient. Some states  also install floating restrooms in areas where boaters congregate and no restrooms are available.

 "The Clean Vessel Act is a critical tool in helping the states to maintain clean and healthy waters for people and wildlife alike," said Assistant Director Hannibal Bolton of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. "The pump outs built through these funds ensure that clean drinking water, sustainable ecosystems, and healthy recreational areas will be accessible to the American people."

For more information on the 2013 grant awards made today visit:  
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CVA/CVA2013Funding.pdf

For more information on the CVA program visit: 
http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/CVA/CVA.htm

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The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has released a landmark publication celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, the cornerstone of fish and wildlife conservation in North America. This vital program provides more than $700 million each year through the sale of hunting and fishing equipment to support habitat conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.

The anniversary publication – “Celebrating the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, 75 years of Conservation and Partnership Success” – comes at the end of a year-long awareness campaign with state fish and wildlife agencies, non-governmental conservation organizations, fish and wildlife agencies, industry partners (including the American Sportfishing Association, the Archery Trade Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation), and friends highlighting the Program, one of the most significant and successful conservation initiatives in history.

“All Americans, whether or not they hunt or fish, benefit from this program. There’s a good chance that the trail they hike, the park where they watch birds, and the wildlife they see every day wouldn’t exist without the funding provided by hunters and anglers,” said Assistant Director Hannibal Bolton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  “In addition to providing conservation benefits, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funds – along with revenue from state fishing and hunting licenses – support local economies and generate thousands of jobs.”

Since its inception in 1937, the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program has generated more than $14 billion, which state fish and wildlife agencies use to purchase public land, improve essential wildlife habitat and create additional outdoor opportunities for everyone.  It is funded through an excise tax on hunting- and shooting-related merchandise, fishing supplies and boat fuel. In 2011, hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers spent $145 billion on related gear, trips and other purchases such as licenses, tags, land leases and ownership.

For example, the State of Kentucky has used Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding to re-establish elk in the state. Elk once roamed the hills of Kentucky, but by the mid-1850s, none were to be found. In a true partnership effort, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Shikar Safari Club joined forces to bring this magnificent animal back to its native range. From 1997 to 2002, a total of 1,556 elk were captured from herds in six states and released in Kentucky. The project has been a resounding success. In 2009, the herd reached the project goal of 10,000 elk.

And in Alabama, the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park have teamed up to offer an aquatic education experience to thousands of school children. Last year, approximately 3,000 children from 23 schools participated in “Creek Kids.” With its rolling hills, cold water springs, rapids, pools and a mill dam, Tannehill is the perfect setting to get kids out of the classroom and immersed in nature. Students learn about watersheds and the aquatic environment from wildlife biologists, and get the chance to see firsthand how they can help conserve this unique heritage.

These are just two of dozens of examples of success stories contained in the anniversary publication, which offers an overall description of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and its role as the economic backbone of state and federal fish and wildlife management and habitat conservation activities across the United States.

Additional publication highlights include:

  • Descriptions of successful conservation partnerships involving state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and additional Fish and Wildlife Service partners throughout the country.
  • Accounts of diverse fish and wildlife species and outdoor recreation activities that are supported by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program and its partners, as well as the federal grant programs conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • A detailed history of the program from its inception in 1937.

“The success of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program over the past 75 years to restore fish and wildlife populations, open access for outdoor recreation and provide safety education has been the greatest untold conservation story," said Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. "This publication illustrates the trust between America's sportsmen and women; the hunting, shooting sports and angling industry; and state and federal agencies that is the backbone of our users-pay, everyone benefits funding system for fish and wildlife conservation.”

Click here to download the publication.

10/23/2012 - Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
The Federal Aid Information System (FAIMS), used by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) in administering grant programs that provide for conservation of natural resources, has been decommissioned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service effective October 1, 2012. Query and report functionality previously available through iFAIMS will return in January 2013 as part of the Wildlife Tracking and Reporting on Actions for the Conservation of Species (Wildlife TRACS) system. To learn more, please visit the Wildlife TRACS web page.

ASAP registration information is now available for Service-wide recipients of Grants and Cooperative Agreements. ASAP (Automated Standard Application for Payments) is the Fish & Wldlife Service's new payment management system. Keep up to date on the ASAP process!

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program announces the publication of the annual Request for Applications (RFA) for the Fiscal Year 2013 Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA), CFDA 15.616 on Grants.gov. The RFA will be open through December 5, 2012.

 

The WSFR Training Program is pleased to announce the availability of a new online course "Introduction to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program."  

The course will serve as a prerequisite for the Basic Grants Management and Project Leaders courses. Students will learn about the WSFR program history, mechanics of the funding, program eligibility requirements, the importance of partnership and 75 years of accomplishments.

Development of the course was a joint effort by the National Conservation Training Center’s Branch of Knowledge and Learning Resources Center and the WSFR National Training Program.  We thank the many State partners who provided most of the great photos you’ll see in the course.

The course can be viewed on an iPad, Mac, or PC.  Even if you’ve been around awhile, go give it a try! Warning: there is a test at the end.

http://distancelearning.fws.gov/elearning/courses/WSFR/index.html

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program announces the publication of the annual Request for Applications (RFA) for the Fiscal Year 2013 Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG), Tier 1 and Tier 2 on Grants.gov (CFDA 15.622). The RFA will be open through September 19, 2012. In FY 2012, BIG awarded more than $2.5 million in BIG Tier 1, basic grants to 26 states, and more than $7.5 million in BIG Tier 2, Competitive grants to 10 States. We anticipate awarding up to $5.6 million in Tier 1 grants and $11 million in Tier 2 grants in FY 2013. BIG provides funds to States to construct, renovate, or maintain boating infrastructure facilities and associated amenities for transient, nontrailerable recreational boats at least 26 feet long.

 

03/30/2012 - Multistate Conservation Grant Program
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is now accepting Letters of Intent until May 11, 2012 for the 2013 funding cycle of the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP). Up to $6 million dollars is available each calendar year for projects that address regional or national level priorities of the state fish and wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Letters of Intent must address one or more of the seven 2013 MSCGP National Conservation Needs recently adopted by AFWA’s directors at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in March 2012.  For more information, contact John_Stremple@fws.gov or Michael Marcum at Mmarcum@fishwildlife.org.


Fiscal Year 2012 apportionments for the State Wildlife Grant Program are posted.