South Atlantic LCC

Setting a course for a sustainable landscape

Funding Opportunities

Projects supporting the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint

Deadline: Now extended to Aug 15

Contact: Rua Mordecai, Science Coordinator (rua_mordecai@fws.gov, 919-707-0122)

Funding opportunity #: F14AS00311

I. Description of Funding Opportunity

 

Background

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (South Atlantic LCC) is a partnership of federal, state, and private organizations dedicated to conserving a landscape capable of sustaining the nation’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations (http://www.southatlanticlcc.org). The 1-3 year mission of the cooperative is to create a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources (http://www.southatlanticlcc.org/page/conservation-blueprint). The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint (Blueprint) is a spatially-explicit, living plan that describes the places and actions needed to meet the Cooperative’s shared conservation objectives in the face of future change. Version 1.0 of this Blueprint is now complete and development of version 2.0 is underway with an expected completion by June 2015.

 

Needs for supporting improvements in the Blueprint

The South Atlantic LCC has identified two specific needs for supporting future improvements in the Blueprint that are not already being supported by partners in the region. In support of the South Atlantic LCC, and consistent with Secretarial Order 3289, awards issued pursuant to this announcement must address one of the two needs listed below.  

 

Need 1 - Improving the connection between conservation actions in the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint and South Atlantic LCC Ecosystem Indicators

 

Version 2.0 of the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint will include more explicit quantitative connections between conservation actions in the Blueprint (http://data.southatlanticlcc.org/ConservationActionsHandoutforBlueprintworkshop.pdf) and the implications for the South Atlantic LCC Ecosystem Indicators (http://www.southatlanticlcc.org/page/indicators). While the staff of the cooperative has some technical capacity to model these connections, additional modelling support is needed. This is particularly important for quantifying how conservation actions in one ecosystem can influence indicators in another. For example, quantifying how actions like Land/Water Protection in Upland Hardwoods and Livelihood/Economic Incentives in Open Pine ecosystems affect Estuarine Indicators like the Coastal Condition Index.

 

This project will involve close collaboration with the staff of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative to: 

1. Improve current models or develop new models to predict how conservation actions will impact South Atlantic LCC Ecosystem Indicators

2. Improve current spatial layers or develop new layers depicting the past, present, and future condition of South Atlantic LCC Ecosystem Indicators

3. Help incorporate models from 1&2 into updates to the Conservation Blueprint

 

Due to the particularly close collaboration needed on this project, at least one member of the project team (e.g., postdoc, research associate) must be located in the South Atlantic LCC office in Raleigh, NC. Office space will be provided. The rest of the project team (e.g., Principal Investigators, support staff) does not need to be local and can be located anywhere either inside or outside of the United States.

 

Need 2 - Improving the connection between restricted range and at-risk species conservation and the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint

 

Although the version 1.0 of the Blueprint does a reasonable job of identifying important conservation areas within the South Atlantic LCC, the current Blueprint does not explicitly identify those areas and conservation actions within those areas that are necessary to conserve restricted range and at-risk species (www.southatlanticlcc.org/page/conservation-blueprint). Although some of the cooperative’s natural resource indicators were specifically chosen to represent restricted range and at-risk species, the next version of the Blueprint will still be limited in how well it can provide explicit quantitative predictions of: 1) How actions in specific places would help specific restricted range and at-risk species and 2) How much more conservation is needed and where for each species.

 

This project will involve close collaboration with the staff of the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative to: 

1. Develop a list of restricted range and at-risk species of interest to partners within the South Atlantic LCC. Condense this list to a set of priority species for which habitat models and monitoring programs are desirable and feasible.

2. Compile information on the occurrences of these priority species and model their habitats

throughout the South Atlantic LCC.

3. Compile information on stressors or limiting factors for these species (current and future).

4. Identify population and/or habitat objectives for these species if these do not currently exist.

5. Develop a set of conservation actions to address limiting factors and achieve population/habitat objectives to be incorporated into the South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint. Identify specific performance measures for each identified conservation action.

6. Identify or develop a set of standard monitoring protocols for priority species and their habitats within the SALCC. Identify resource and coordination needs for achieving monitoring objectives across the ecoregion.

7. Ensure that information related to priority species/habitats in the SALCC is easily accessible and in the right form for use by individuals involved in rare and at-risk species conservation decisions.

 

This project will enable those South Atlantic LCC partners who are working on conservation of at-risk species to focus investments so as to get the greatest outcomes for these species. This project will also assist in status assessments for at-risk species by making available a consistent approach to assessment of threats to species’ habitats. As a result of more focused conservation investment and better information on status of species and threats to habitats it is anticipated that many species will be conserved without the need for federal listing.

 

II. Award Information

Approximately $300,000 will be available to fund projects addressing the two issues in the description of funding opportunity (Approximately $150,000 for each issue). Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete with applications for new awards. Funding will be provided through cooperative agreements and the substantial involvement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is expected to include facilitation of partner involvement, additional modeling, data management, and integration of the ongoing work of the cooperative into the inputs and outputs of the project.

 

III. Basic Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

All potential applicants are eligible. This includes federal, state, tribal, or local agencies, institutions of higher education, and commercial or non-profit organizations. U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organizations must provide a copy of their Section 501(c)(3) or (4) status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service.

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