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America the Beautiful Challenge Webinar for Land Trust Community - Shared screen with speaker view
Artis Freye
25:34
Please feel free to post questions in chat.
Scott Fogarty
29:20
Do working lands qualify?
Logan Robertson Huecker
33:05
Given that land trusts would be eligible as applicants only in categories 3 (buffer and benefit public lands) and 4 (private forests and farmlands), and given the interest in large, landscape scale (possibly multi-state) projects, can you give an example of the type of proposal that might be successful for a local or regional land trust? I'm struggling to determine if this program is a good fit for us.
Parker Agelasto
33:31
soil and water districts are state agencies
Tamara Sperber
37:29
Any potential for NGO's to be eligible to apply directly for implementation and planning funds in the future? We'll explore other options you mentioned, but we've been told that it would likely be a challenge to get our state wildlife agency to apply and/or our state to approve spending authority if the grant was awarded.
Nic Rogers
38:01
Does outreach for NRCS - Agricultural Land Easement program qualify besides the working lands for wildlife practices?
Melissa Speeg
41:40
When do you expect funding to actually reach project sponsors?
SCOTT MCDONALD
43:29
would a flood control district be considered as "state agency' ?
Brent Bailey
44:24
Does the cross-cutting connection "Expanding public and community access to nature" allow development of hard infrastructure such as parking and trail development? What about ADA facilities? If not, what are the types of public and community access opportunities that are envisioned?
David Kotker
44:27
Can state recognized Tribal nations that are not also federally recognized be lead applicants for these grants?
James Reimann
45:01
Are permanent conservation easements eligible projects for category 4?
Wendy Zimbardi
46:31
Can a private land owner apply for the costs associatied with getting an easement (for a public access point) so that a land trust can then acquire a new parcel for restoration?
David Lillard, Catoctin Land Trust
46:53
When you say “public lands” are you meaning only DOD and Forest Service lands?
Parker Agelasto
50:41
Why do grants to buffer public lands not apply to NPS lands?
Melissa Speeg
52:13
If the facility building is in relation to relocating a trailhead out of the floodplain, is it eligible for implantation projects?
Lena Viall
54:04
So, just to clarify, monies to help purchase conservation easements on private lands are only available through bucket #3, to buffer public lands, but not for bucket #4?
Eric Wright
55:50
Is there an advantage having an NGO as the lead applicant vs municipalities?
SCOTT MCDONALD
57:28
Rachel, could you please post the detail you mentioned earlier in chat?
Logan Robertson Huecker
58:07
Can you say again which "buckets" permit land acquisition? I can't find it in the RFP.
Rachel Dawson
58:16
Categories 1 and 3
Omar Mandeel
58:26
Will there be a written reference material for which buckets cover what?
Logan Robertson Huecker
58:26
Thanks!
Rachel Dawson
58:45
This document may be helpful for seeing them at a glance: https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2022-05/atbc-2022-quick-reference-guide.pdf
Omar Mandeel
59:15
Great, thank you
Lauren Palumbo
59:19
Which categories are best suited for projects that advance "Expand Public and Community Access" and "engage local communities" funding priorities?
Omar Mandeel
01:01:07
Are any of these funding streams geographically specific? As in, are lands only in certain states eligible or are these grants nationwide?
Omar Mandeel
01:02:09
Thank you.
Heather Barrar
01:02:24
Were you going to post something regarding enabling language for SWCD and Flood Districts, etc?
Rachel Dawson
01:02:38
https://www.nfwf.org/programs/america-beautiful-challenge/america-beautiful-challenge-2022-request-proposals
Brian Winslow
01:03:07
From a stream restoration perspective, it appears that a series of dam removals, lead by a state agency, may be an eligible project with multiple collaborators to study the impacts leading to removal of dams to allow fish passage and public access.
Rachel Dawson
01:04:04
Any state agency can qualify as a lead applicant (i.e. department of fish and wildlife, department of transportation, department of natural resources, etc.). State universities and conservation districts (or water management districts, irrigation districts, etc.) can qualify as a state applicant if their organization is an operating entity of the state and they are acting on behalf of that entity (in other words, they qualify as a state if in fact they are part of the state government). Because not all public universities are part of the state government, and because various districts are established with the intention to operate separately from the state, applicants should be able to show how their institution qualifies (i.e. any statutory authority or language).
Heather Barrar
01:05:49
Can you share again what would qualify for recreational access....signage, soft surface trails....
Logan Robertson Huecker
01:05:52
Was there a link about state agency qualifications?
Heather Barrar
01:07:35
Thanks, that helps