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 Funded thru the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment  2008 election  sales tax 3/8 of one percent.  33% of receipts dedicated to.

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2  Funded thru the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Constitutional Amendment  2008 election  sales tax 3/8 of one percent.  33% of receipts dedicated to the Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF).  Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSHOC) recommends projects to the legislature.  2009 and 2010 MN Legislature approved the recommendation to fund this program.

3  Provide financial support for organizations to collaborate on projects at the local level.  Projects are intended to: enhance, restore, and protect forests, wetlands, prairies, and habitat for fish, game, or wildlife in Minnesota.

4  Public waters added to eligible sites  Match requirement has changed  Reimbursement payments only  Acquisition of lands in public domain  All parcels coming to DNR on priority list  All parcels coming to DNR include:  All IDP work and funding  $3,000 LAM fees  Revised application system

5  Total of $4,216,560 for grants  $5,000 - $400,000 per request  Non-state match required  10% for grant amounts requested under $100,000  15% for grant amounts requested over $100,000  Up to 1/3 can be in-kind resources

6  Local, regional, state and national non-profit organizations  Government entities  DNR is eligible but will not apply  DNR staff will work with partners to submit applications and complete projects on DNR land

7  Applications due September 16, 2010 at 5pm  If funds remain, applications for a second round will be due February 25,  Announce funded grants in mid-November.  Earliest possible start January, 2011  Work must be completed by June 30, 2014.

8 Restoration and enhancement projects must be done on:  Lands under public ownership;  Lands under a permanent conservation easement (MN Statute 84C.01, Subd. 1); and  Public waters (MN Statute 103G.005, Subd. 15)

9  Acquisition  Fee title  Permanent conservation easement  Fee title:  Must be open to public hunting and fishing during open seasons unless otherwise provided by state law.  Easements:  Must include provisions for monitoring and enforcing conditions of the easement.

10  Each parcel must be on DNR’s acquisition priority list  DNR Managers should know this but make sure  Must have $3,000 included in budget for LAM fees (can be grant funds)  Must include Initial Development Plan  Work to be completed must be specified  Specify funding for all work (can be grant $)  Part of Project Review and Approval Form. Work with the Land Manager. Applicant fills in this information on application system.

11 MN Statute 84C.01, Subd. 2 " Holder" means: (i) a governmental body empowered to hold an interest in real property under the laws of this state or the United States; or (ii) a charitable corporation, charitable association, or charitable trust, the purposes or powers of which include retaining or protecting the natural, scenic, or open-space values of real property, assuring the availability of real property for agricultural, forest, recreational, or open-space use, protecting natural resources, maintaining or enhancing air or water quality, or preserving the historical, architectural, archaeological, or cultural aspects of real property.

12  Can not use OHF funds to acquire:  Land fully or partially owned by state or political subdivision of state. UNLESS  Purchase creates additional direct benefit to restore, enhance, protect habitat; and  Purchase is approved by at least 9 members of the council

13  If you want to purchase this type of land, you must get it approved as a CPL grant first  CPL staff will work with the Council to get their approval  Expect a delay in receiving your grant agreement until this project is fully approved

14  Land Manager (LM): person responsible for the long-term management of the land that will be acquired or where work will be done. Every parcel of land has a Land Manager.  Provides oversight and input (technical assistance) for grant work  Does not do the work.  Complete the Project Review and Approval form (including a Natural Heritage Review) for the project site.  Project (Grant) Manager (PM): person responsible for applying for and managing the grant.  Ensures work meets all grant program, legal, and other requirements.  Ensures work is completed in a timely manner and as proposed.  Is not the Land Manager - coordinates with the Land Manager.  Completes all reports according to deadlines.

15  Initial Development Plan (IDP): lays out the cost, responsibility, and timing of initial work needed to bring new properties up to agency standards.  Required for DNR acquisition projects.  All costs are eligible as grant funds.  Includes both facility and habitat work  Match funds: all funds provided by grantee or a partner, as part of the required contributions of non-state origins. This includes in-kind resources that may not be actual cash (supplies, volunteer work, etc.) but have a cash value.  Grant Funds: the state funds awarded through this grant program.

16  Gives agency approval for a project on land that the agency manages.  i.e., Forest Service completes for MDHA to work on Forest Service land.  Includes Natural Heritage Database review:  Captures records of any endangered, threatened or special concern species from within project site.  Gives applicant feedback on avoidance/ minimization techniques to complete project.  Includes IDP information for DNR acquisitions

17  Applicant must upload as a PDF with original signature from agency.  REQUIRED for all project sites.  If the work will be done on lands managed by more than one agencies, multiple forms are required.  Applications will be considered incomplete without all necessary forms attached.

18  All public waters projects need Project Review and Approval Forms from:  DNR Area Hydrologist (Division of Waters)  DNR Area Fisheries Supervisor and/or  DNR Area Wildlife Manager  That means at least 2 forms  In addition, any agency approval (county, SWCD, USFWS- this depends on applicant)  Any application missing the required forms will be considered incomplete  Call if confused!!

19  Begin working ASAP with the Land Managers (DNR, USFWS, USFS, County, etc.)  Decide on project to be done  Discuss entire project with Land Manager(s)  Receive a completed, signed Project Review and Approval form  Original signature  PDF format  One from each Land Manager

20  Apply online, entire application.  New this year:  Log-in and password  Save progress, return later  Map sites by Land Manager  Upload Project Review and Approval form  Upload all required financial/ easement documentation to system  Once submitted, no changes  Nothing accepted via this year

21  Has four steps  Expect to be completed by mid-November  Most application information is non-public until the grants have been negotiated with the grantee

22  Completed by CPL staff after deadline  Ensures you followed directions, and met program guidelines  Pull all ineligible applications from further review  Pull all incomplete applications from further review

23  Less than $5,000 or more than $400,000 in grant funds requested.  Do not meet the requirements of MN Law Chapter 361, Article 1.  Apps that include:  Legally required mitigation, restoration, compliance to ESA, or court ordered activities.  Projects currently receiving direct appropriations or submitted during L-SOHC’s FY2012 Call for Requests.  Previously funded projects not in active status are eligible.

24  One or all Project Review and Approval forms missing.  Incomplete or unsigned Project Review and Approval form.  Missing financial documentation (if required).  Missing easements or other info (if required)  Match amount doesn’t meet requirements.

25  Four committees based on habitat types  Forest, prairie, wetland/water, and fish, game and wildlife habitat  Comprised of DNR, USFWS, Universities/ Colleges, County, SWCD, BWSR and non-profit staff.  Will review each application and score using predetermined criteria  Rank and recommend projects to DNR Division Directors

26  All applications scored 0-9 on each criteria.  List of criteria in Program Manual (pg. 17)  Come from Legislative and DNR requirements  Cover variety of topics from urgency to species diversity  Also online; can link to species and landscape plans  Application system requires applicants to specifically address each criteria.

27  Comprised of DNR Division Directors  Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Ecological Resources and Chief Financial Officer  Attempt to distribute funding evenly:  Between all habitat types  Above/ below $125,000 grant amount requested  Geographically around the state  Makes final funding recommendations to DNR Commissioner

28  The Commissioner must approve all projects that are funded  Plan to announce funded grants in mid- November

29  Sign up for electronic payment  Makes it all quicker!  Reimbursement only  Must submit proof of vendor payment with request  Can do limited advances for acquisitions  State must pay within 30 days  Turnaround has usually been quicker

30  5 percent holdback on final payments for all grants  Includes acquisitions  Will be paid in full if final accomplishment report submitted at time of request  All paperwork and project requirements must be met

31  Required for designation of DNR land as:  WMA/ AMA  SNA  Must be obtained before acquisition is complete

32  All vegetation and seed used in all habitat types:  Must be of ecotypes native to Minnesota  Preferably of the local ecotype  Use high diversity of species originating from as close to the restoration site as possible.  Protect existing native prairies, grasslands, forests, wetlands and other aquatic systems from genetic contamination

33  Read thru all the info on the CPL website, especially:  The Project Information page for project details  The FY2011 Grantee page for payment and documentation info  Read the RFP and Program Manual carefully  Start early – don’t wait til the last minute  Call with any questions

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35  How to Apply page  “Enter Application System”

36  Leslie Tannahill, Conservation Grants Coordinator  or  Jamie Gangaware, Conservation Grants Specialist  


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