TX State Wildlife Grants

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 16, 2019 2:30pm PDT

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Overview:

State Wildlife Grants

In 2000, Congress created the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. This program provides critical funding to every U.S. state and territory to plan and implement proactive conservation actions to prevent the nation's fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program is considered the core program for keeping species healthy and off the federal threatened and endangered species list, a goal shared by a broad constituency of conservationists, business, farmers, ranchers, and land developers.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for requesting and administering SWG to support the implementation of the Texas Conservation Action Plan (TCAP). State Wildlife Grants are distributed specifically for the protection and management of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) identified in the TCAP.

Select Funding Priorities for 2018-2022

(Proposals focused on SGCN other than those listed below will also be accepted). This solicitation calls for proposals that will implement specific conservation actions that are recommended within the TCAP to prevent the need to list, promote recovery, and enable conservation of SGCN. TPWD has identified the following areas as the highest priority needs at the current time and proposals that pertain to at least one of the following topics will rank highest for funding. Prior to submittal, it is suggested that investigators contact the taxa-specific Nongame and Rare Species Program biologist to discuss and refine potential proposals. 

1. Conduct conservation status assessments for the Alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) across its known historic range in Texas. Deliverables should include spatially-explicit data gathered from field surveys, conservation status rankings using NatureServe methodology, and one or more of the following:

  • An assessment of riparian habitat requirements for nesting,
  • An assessment of threats including the effects of altering natural waterways on fitness and reproduction,
  • An assessment of population genetics, and
  • Development of a standardized reintroduction and monitoring protocol.

2. Ground truth the species distribution model(s) produced by Anderson and Beauvais (2013) for one or more of the following species: sheep frog, Texas tortoise, Texas indigo snake, Bachman’s Sparrow, and/or kit fox. Successful proposals will include a detailed description of the sampling methods to be applied to field test model predictions of low, medium, and high probability of occurrence. External validation of the existing model(s) with the newly collected data will be conducted by the grantee (all necessary existing items, e.g., GIS predictor layers used to create the original models will be provided). In addition to determination of presence/absence of the target species, field sampling should include characterization of the habitat at each sample site that can be used to evaluate habitat suitability. Deliverables will include a report describing the project, the raw field data containing geographic location of the survey points and presence/absence of the species and habitat characteristics at those survey points, and the results of the external validation analysis.

3. Conduct conservation status assessments for the crawfish frog (Rana areolata) across the known historic range in Texas. Deliverables should include spatially-explicit data gathered from field surveys, conservation status rankings using NatureServe methodology, and an assessment of population genetics.

4. Map the current extent of the globally rare West Gulf Coastal Plain Forested Seep (Southern Type) [Nyssa biflora - Magnolia virginiana - Quercus laurifolia / Cyrilla racemiflora - Rhododendron oblongifolium Swamp Forest]. This plant community is important habitat for the American Woodcock, Worm-eating Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Bachman's Sparrow, all Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This work will give us a better understanding of the availability and health of this habitat type and provide baseline data for monitoring future habitat conditions for these species. The work shall include, but is not limited to using GIS and remote-sensing methodologies to evaluate and process current available data (LiDAR, NAIP, Sentinal etc.); model potential seep communities using existing abiotic spatial data and indicator species locations; validating the data with field observations using standardized field survey protocols. The geographic scope of the map should include, but is not limited to, the dozen East Texas counties where the Seepage Swamp and Baygall community [WGCP Forested Seep (Southern Type)] is mapped in the Ecological Mapping Systems of Texas database. Document the current condition of the West Gulf Coastal Plain Forested Seep (Southern Type) community using the standardized field survey protocols such as transects and/or plots. As one indicator of condition of the plant community, map, document numbers, and condition of Bartonia paniculata ssp. texana where found throughout each modeled location. Efforts will be made to revisit known locations of West Gulf Coastal Plain Forested Seep (Southern Type) as well as identify and sample new locations of West Gulf Coastal Plain Forested Seep (Southern Type).

5. Statewide or regional conservation status assessments for multi-species, invertebrate groups (taxonomic or ecological). Proposals targeting taxonomic groups that are currently well-represented on the SGCN list, or which are likely to include a high proportion of vulnerable and imperiled species will be prioritized. Deliverables should include spatially-explicit occurrence data gathered from field surveys, literature review, or review of museum specimens, an assessment of threats, and conservation status rankings using NatureServe methodology.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • A 35% non-federal match is required.
  • All proposals must be consistent with the purpose of the SWG program in that they must contribute to the conservation of SGCN and proposals that address one of the topics listed above in the Statement of Work section will receive priority for funding

Ineligibility:

  • Due to restrictions in the program’s authorizing language, proposals for law enforcement, education, recreation, and plant conservation activities are not eligible for SWG funding unless otherwise stated in a Request for Proposals (RFP) topic.