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NOFO: New Mexico Youth Conservation Opportunities on Public Lands (US)

NOFO: New Mexico Youth Conservation Opportunities on Public Lands (US)

Deadline: 2-Jun-22

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering grants to provide employment for participants and opportunities to learn about and gain work experience in public lands and natural resources management while promoting long-term interest in public lands stewardship and the BLM.

The BLM Youth Program partners with qualified youth and conservation corps to engage individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 (inclusive) and veterans up to age 35 (inclusive) including tribal members. Recruitment efforts should focus on young, diverse people from local communities to assist with conservation projects that protect and promote multiple-use on public lands.

The BLM Youth Program assists the BLM with diversifying the workforce while exposing participants to complex cultural and natural resource issues.

These project will include but not limited to the following:

Enhancement of recreation opportunities through trail building, maintenance and restoration, and other improvements to visitor and recreation facilities (e.g. kiosks, campgrounds, signage etc.).
Monitoring riparian area vegetation and hydrological functions, collecting soil and stream data, timber stand improvement projects for wildlife habitat and overall forest health.
Habitat restoration and wildlife protection, including reduction of invasive species, tree planting, fence removal/installation, riparian area restoration, etc.
Development and implementation of natural and cultural resource stewardship plans or educational and informational materials for visitors.
Performance of studies such as resource inventories, historic or archival research, archaeological excavation or stabilization, oral histories, historic preservation, habitat surveys, etc.
Preservation of cultural resources, including historic structures.
Seed collection for restoration of lands affected by natural disasters such as catastrophic wildfires and landslides; as well as protection, conservation, and restoration of threatened, endangered, and special status species with the goal of preventing or delisting of species.
Reduction of wildfire risk to communities, watersheds, and other public land ecosystems.
Production of materials and programs on natural, cultural, and/or paleontological resources, communication, education, and interpretation of natural and cultural resources.
Performance of in-house projects, such as science, policy, or program internships, with a clear benefit for natural or cultural resources. In-house projects to include a field component of at least 120 hours.
Funding Information
Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,000,000
Award Ceiling: $2,770,000
Award Floor: $400,000
Eligibility Criteria
Private institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
County governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
This opportunity is open to any qualified youth conservation corps established by a state or local government, by the governing body of any Indian tribe, or by a qualified nonprofit organization interested in working cooperatively with the BLM to develop and administer multiple-use conservation projects.
Conservation projects must focus on providing employment, education, and public-service opportunities for U.S. citizens and legal residents (between ages 16 and 30 inclusive and veterans up to age 35 inclusive) recruited from local and surrounding communities to assist with projects on public lands.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339979

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