The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting applications for its Invasive and Noxious Plant Management Program.
Donor Name: Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
State: New Mexico
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $1,000,000
Grant Duration: 5 years
This program supports projects funded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Section 40804 (b) Ecosystem Restoration. One of the BLM’s highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health and one of the greatest obstacles to achieving this goal is the rapid expansion of weeds across public lands. These invasive plants can dominate and often cause permanent damage to natural plant communities. If not eradicated or controlled, noxious weeds will continue to jeopardize the health of public lands and to constrain the myriad activities that occur on them.
BLM New Mexico Invasive and Noxious Plant Management Programs work to prevent, detect, inventory, control, and monitor weed populations on public lands.
- Invasive species cost the public millions of dollars in control and management each year and many invasive plants and noxious weeds are highly competitive and have the ability to permanently degrade our public lands.
- Noxious weeds and invasive species expansion are recognized as the single greatest threat to our native plant communities and the values they provide us.
- These native plant communities are essential for supporting wildlife habitat, watershed function, recreation opportunities, rural economies and working landscapes.
- Invasive plants and noxious weeds affect plant and animal communities on farms and ranches, and in parks, waters, forests, natural areas, and backyards in negative ways.
- Human activity such as trade, travel, and tourism have all increased substantially, escalating the speed and volume of species movement to unprecedented levels.
- Increased site vulnerability from wildfires that are more frequent and other disturbances is an ongoing challenge to maintaining the integrity of our native plant communities.
- Noxious weeds are particularly aggressive plants legally designated by states as being injurious to public health, the environment or the economy.
- Invasive species and noxious weeds adversely affect overall recreational opportunities on public land i.e., hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, watershed health and ecosystem function which result in economic losses in rural and urban communities.
- Affect adjacent private lands, both rural and urban, causing widespread economic losses to the agricultural industry as well as to other resources.
Program Strategic Goals
A successful noxious weed control program is essential to maintaining the health of our native landscapes and consists of the following goals:
- Inventorying and documenting locations of noxious weeds and other invasive species.
- Using an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) approach to determine the most effective method of weed control (herbicides, grazing, mechanical removal etc.).
- Selecting the most effective and targeted herbicide for treatment.
- Stabilization and rehabilitation of disturbed areas.
- Implementation and monitoring of weed control and site rehabilitation measures.
- Conducting post treatment monitoring to determine effectiveness.
- Prioritization and treatment of target undesirable plant species or groups of species to be controlled or contained within a specific geographic area.
- Monitoring and evaluation of treatments, site rehabilitation, outreach activities, and integrated weed management strategies to determine rate of success and to inform future efforts.
- Development and dissemination of public education and outreach activities and materials.
- Promoting public engagement and learning opportunities, through resources education and outreach programs, events, and products.
- Adaptive management for controlling new weed species and use of new and approved treatments.
- Maximum Award $1,000,000
- Minimum Award $50,000
Agreement terms for funded projects are estimated to range between one and no more than five years and are determined based on the period of performance as stated on the recipient’s project proposal.
- State governments
- County governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Independent school districts
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
- Individuals and For-Profit Organizations are ineligible to apply for awards under this NOFO.
- This program NOFO does not support entities hiring interns or crews under the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993. The Public Lands Corps Act of 1993, 16 USC, Chapter 37, Subchapter IIPublic Lands Corps, is the only legislative authority that allows BLM to “hire” interns under this authority. Therefore, eligible Youth Conservation Corps may only apply for projects developed under NOFO 15.243 – BLM Youth Conservation Opportunities on Public Lands
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