NB_440_440-21-11 - NB 440-21-11 PGM – Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Easement Programs Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) Funds Assessment
NB 440-21-11 PGM – Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Easement Programs Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) Funds Assessment
National Bulletin: 440-21-11 Date: January 27, 2021
Subject: PGM – Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Easement Programs Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) Funds Assessment


Action Required By:  February 12, 2021, April 1, 2021, and July 1, 2021
 
Purpose.  To provide State Conservationists (STCs) and Directors of the Caribbean and Pacific Islands Areas guidance for submitting FY 2021 easement programs FA and TA requests for consideration.
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2021
 
Background.   Each FY, the Easement Programs Division (EPD) assesses the status of easement program fund obligations to consider STCs’ and Directors’ needs for additional FA and TA funds and returns. These assessments are conducted to ensure that funds are efficiently obligated to the greatest extent possible. Allowance holders are held accountable for ensuring effective program administration. Any additional funds requested through this assessment must be obligated prior to established deadlines.       
 
Explanation.  EPD is conducting three formal funds assessments in FY 2021. During these assessment periods, STCs and Directors may request additional funds or return excess funds for the following easement programs:

• ACEP – WRE General
• ACEP – WRE Stewardship
• ACEP – WRE WREP
• ACEP – WRE Monarch Butterfly
• ACEP – WRE Bog Turtle
• ACEP – WRE Sage Grouse
• ACEP – ALE General
• ACEP – ALE GSS
• ACEP – ALE GSS Sage Grouse
• ACEP – ALE General Sage Grouse
• ACEP – ALE GSS Gopher Tortoise
• GRP
• HFRP
• FRPP
• WRP

All easement program fund requests must be submitted via the following EPD SharePoint site: - Easement Funds Assessment.  State requests must be submitted for each program by close of business on the following dates:

• February 12, 2021,
• April 1, 2021, and
• July 1, 2021

TA funds may be requested with FA funds but cannot exceed 20 percent of the FA amount for WRE and 10 percent for ALE. When returning FA funds, the minimum of seven (7) percent TA must be returned as per instructions on the allowance holders’ letter. The EPD Director will advise STCs and Directors of decisions regarding requests.

Requests for Emergency Watershed Protection Program - Floodplain Easements (EWPP-FPE) will continue to be submitted to National FPE Manager Jeff Williams.
 
Contact.  Questions regarding this national bulletin may be directed to the appropriate National Easement Program Manager.  
 
 


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JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs  

 
 
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