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Habitat Restoration Grants, TNC+NOAA

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#1 Guest_gerald_*

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:15 AM

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)/ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Partnership has released a request for proposals (RFP) for community-based habitat restoration. The RFP will close on April 13th, 2012. The Partnership typically funds projects between $25,000 and $85,000 in federal funding and requires a minimum of 1:1 non-federal match. The statement below reflects the focus of the funding as stated in the RFP.

Focus areas: NOAA and TNC are looking to support community-based restoration of a diversity of habitat types and no habitats are excluded. We will consider any innovative restoration project nationwide that supports NOAA trust resources, and particularly those projects that have a multi-species benefit or emphasize Ecosystem-Based Management. A focal area of particular interest, though not exclusive or limiting, is native shellfish (bivalve) restoration projects. Projects throughout all USA states and territories are eligible to compete for these grants. Preference will be given to projects at priority sites identified through Marine Ecoregional Assessments and other TNC priority setting approaches at the state and territory level (contact TNC state or territory staff listed in Appendix II or NOAA/TNC Partnership Coordinator, Boze Hancock, bhancock@tnc.org).

The RFP is available at:

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

Gerald, not sure why that RFP went out on the list I got it (Unio), considering it is almost blatantly restricted to marine ecosystems. The only remotely freshwater aspect of the RFP is NOAA's use of funds for stream blockage removal for migratory species. While it in turn that could have an indirect effect of potentially improving native (freshwater) bivalve populations by restoring host populations, the money doesn't go any further to direct management like it does for oysters (at least in my experience with an eel blockage removal project where we then applied for fundings to kick start mussel restoration).

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:06 PM

Hmmm, So you mean those paragraphs that I copied above are NOT an accurate reflection of what the RFP is asking for? I haven't read it myself. Oh well, I wonder if TNC misinterpreted the RFP as being applicable to all habitats, or a case of wishful thinking ?

Edited by gerald, 28 February 2012 - 02:07 PM.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

Well yeah it says all habitats, but I think it still focused on Marine habitats. Unless they're open to other coastal, non-marine habitats now and did not adequately explain it. Then again, the PDF says TNC Global Marine Team.

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