State fish and wildlife agency directors approved a slate of 10 National Conservation Needs for the 2016 Multistate Conservation Grant Program on March 13, 2015 during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Nebraska.
NCN 1: Outdoor Heritage – Participation, Recruitment and Retention in Hunting, Fishing, Boating and Conservation-related Recreational Activities; Enhanced Relations among State Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Related Industries
NCN 2: Strengthening the National Fish Habitat Partnership
NCN 3: The Management Assistance Team (MAT) or similar entity to increase leadership capacity and agency effectiveness within state fish and wildlife agencies and the conservation community through leadership and professional development initiatives, training, consulting, and support of the National Conservation Leadership Institute
NCN 4: Incorporating Fish and Wildlife Considerations into Energy Development Decisions
NCN 5: Preserve State Wildlife Agencies’ Authority to Manage Wildlife Resources and Promote Their Interest in the Implementation of International Treaties and Conventions
NCN 6: Policy and Legislative Advocacy – Implementing Goal 2 of AFWA’s Strategic Plan
NCN 7: Building Stakeholder Support for a 21st Century Model of Funding Fish & Wildlife
NCN 8: Develop, Maintain and Enhance State-led Conservation Land Use Pre-planning Tools
NCN 9: State Fish and Wildlife Agency Coordination and Administration
NCN 10: Management of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (National Survey)
The MSCGP funding opportunity/letter of intent solicitation will be posted on March 30.
Each year, up to $6 million is available to fund MSCGP projects. AFWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program.