Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, 18146-18151 [2010-8143]

Download as PDF 18146 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 68 / Friday, April 9, 2010 / Notices meeting be postponed due to inclement weather, the alternate meeting date is May 6, 2010. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Arizona Game and Fish Department Regional Office, 2878 East White Mountain Boulevard, Pinetop, Arizona 85935. Send written comments to Julia Faith Rivera, Coordinator, Eastern Arizona Counties Resource Advisory Committee, c/o Forest Service, USDA, P.O. Box 640, Springerville, Arizona 85938 or electronically to jfrivera@fs.fed.us. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Faith Rivera, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, (928) 333–4301. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public and opportunity for public input will be provided. Committee discussion is limited to Forest Service staff and Committee members. However, persons who wish to bring PL 110–343 related matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff before or after the meeting. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: The Tehama County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Red Bluff, California. Agenda items to be covered include: (1) Introductions, (2) Approval of Minutes, (3) Public Comment, (4) Chairman’s Perspective, (5) Project Presentations, (6) Next Agenda. DATES: The meeting will be held on April 22, 2010 from 9 a.m. and end at approximately 12 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Lincoln Street School, Pine Room, 1135 Lincoln Street, Red Bluff, CA. Individuals wishing to speak or propose agenda items must send their names and proposals to Randy Jero, Committee Coordinator, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Randy Jero, Committee Coordinator, USDA, Mendocino National Forest, Jkt 220001 BILLING CODE 3410–11–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service South Central Idaho Resource Advisory Council Dated: April 1, 2010. Julie Thomas, Designated Federal Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–7914 Filed 4–8–10; 8:45 am] Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. The South Central Idaho RAC will meet in Jerome, Idaho. The committee is meeting as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110–343) and in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss with the County Commissioners arid Sawtooth National Forest District Rangers operating principles and project proposals. DATES: The meeting will be held May 17, 2010 from 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office, 319 S 417 E, Hwy 93 Business Park, Jerome, Idaho 83338. Written comments should be sent to Sawtooth National Forest, Attn: Julie Thomas, 2647 Kimberly Road East, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. Comments may also be sent via e-mail to jathomas@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 208–737–3236 All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at The Sawtooth National Forest Supervisors Office at 2647 Kimberly Road East, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 208–737– 3200 to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Thomas, Designated Federal Official, SUMMARY: BILLING CODE 3410–11–M 17:07 Apr 08, 2010 [FR Doc. 2010–8121 Filed 4–8–10; 8:45 am] ACTION: [FR Doc. 2010–8120 Filed 4–8–10; 8:45 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 Dated: April 5, 2010. Eduardo Olmedo, Designated Federal Official. Sawtooth National Forest, 208–737– 3200. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. The following business will be conducted: This Resource Advisory Council meeting will specifically deal with Operating principles and project proposals that the RAC will use to implement the business of the RAC. The agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sawtooth/. Persons who wish to bring related matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff before or after the meeting. Public input sessions will be provided and individuals who made written requests by May 10, 2010 will have the opportunity to address the Committee at those sessions. AGENCY: Dated: April 5, 2010. Chris Knopp, Forest Supervisor, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. ACTION: Grindstone Ranger District, 825 N. Humboldt Ave., Willows, CA 95988. (530) 934–1269; e-mail rjero@fs.fed.us. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting is open to the public. Committee discussion is limited to Forest Service staff and Committee members. However, persons who wish to bring matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff before or after the meeting. Public input sessions will be provided and individuals who made written requests by April 19, 2010 will have the opportunity to address the committee at those sessions. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation and Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture. ACTION: Notice of availability of program funds. SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), announces that a minimum of $25 million in financial assistance will be made available in fiscal year (FY) 2010 for the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) throughout the United States to eligible landowners. Under WREP, NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to help enhance conservation outcomes on wetlands and adjacent lands. WREP targets and leverages resources to carry out high priority wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities and improve wildlife habitat through agreements with States (including a political subdivision or agency of a State), nongovernmental organizations, and Indian tribes. This notice is to E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 68 / Friday, April 9, 2010 / Notices solicit proposals from potential partners who seek to enter into agreements with NRCS under this authority and to inform landowners of the potential availability of program funds through approved projects. DATES: Effective Date: The notice of request is effective April 9, 2010. Eligible partners may submit proposals to the NRCS State office by mail or via courier. • By mail: Proposals must be postmarked by May 24, 2010. • By courier or hand delivery: Proposals must be delivered by May 24, 2010. ADDRESSES: Written proposals for projects geographically located within a State should be sent to the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist, whose names and addresses are identified as an attachment to this notice. Written proposals for multi-State projects are to be sent to the NRCS State Conservationist of the State in which the majority of the proposed project area resides. All proposals hand-delivered by courier will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., local time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Note: Proposals submitted via fax, e-mail, through the grants.gov Web site, or after the deadline date listed in this notice will not be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garry Lee, Acting Director, Easement Programs Division, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6819 South Building, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 720–0907 or Fax: (202) 720–9689. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact the USDA TARGET Center at: (202) 720–2600 (voice and TDD). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Background Section 2206 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act) establishes the WREP by amending section 1237A(h) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3837a(h)). The Secretary of Agriculture delegated authority for WREP to the Chief of NRCS, who is Vice President of the CCC. Availability of Funding Effective upon publication of this notice, NRCS, on behalf of CCC, announces that a minimum of $25 million of financial assistance funds is VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Apr 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 available to accept high quality proposals under WREP in FY 2010. Under WREP, NRCS enters into agreements with eligible State and local governments, Indian tribes, and nongovernmental organizations. The reserve rights pilot of WREP (7 CFR 1467.9(b)) is implemented separately, and funds for the pilot are made available through the normal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) allocation process. NRCS will announce, at the State level, when a pilot area has been selected for the reserved rights pilot and will provide enrollment information to landowners at that time. Overview WREP is a voluntary conservation program which is a component of WRP. WREP leverages resources of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to eligible landowners to protect, restore, and enhance high priority wetlands and improve wildlife habitat. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial match of at least 5 percent of the acquisition or restoration costs toward the project. Proposals which include additional partner resources will be given higher priority consideration in the selection process. Contributions provided by the partners to achieve additional points can be in the form of technical or financial assistance for the protection, restoration, and enhancement of the wetland. They can also be used for management and monitoring activities. These contributions can be in-kind services or cash. WREP financial and technical assistance is delivered to eligible landowners in approved project areas through easement acquisition, conservation program contracts, cooperative agreements, contribution agreements, or Federal contracts. Restoration may be achieved through payments to other parties who conduct the restoration activities. Only States and local units of government, Indian tribes, and nongovernmental organizations are eligible to submit a proposal and enter into agreements with NRCS. A nongovernmental organization is an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Individual landowners may not submit WREP proposals through this submission process. However, once a WREP project has been approved and announced, eligible landowners may apply for WREP through their local NRCS office. As part of the agreement, approved partners may also help facilitate the submission of landowner PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18147 applications, provide additional technical or financial assistance to landowners, and provide other resources as defined in the agreement. Written proposals are to be submitted by eligible partners, and project evaluation will be based upon a competitive process and the criteria established in this notice. Potential partners may submit WREP proposals for an individual landowner project, watershed, or geographic area to the appropriate State Conservationist. Once NRCS selects a partner’s proposal, landowners within the selected project area may submit an application directly to NRCS for participation in WRP. Individual landowner applications will be evaluated and ranked among other applicants in the watershed or geographic project area, when applicable, to ensure that the properties selected for funding will achieve project objectives. Wetland restoration and enhancement actions will be designed to maximize wildlife habitat values and water quality according to the WRP regulation, 7 CFR part 1467, and NRCS standards and specifications. Proposals must conform to the WRP guidelines for restoration and management of lands subject to a WRP easement. Benefits to the partners in WREP agreements include: • Involvement in wetland restorations in high priority areas; • Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement components beyond those required by NRCS; • Ability to participate in management or monitoring of selected project locations; and • Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and practices. Proposal Requirements For consideration, the proposal must be in the following format and contain the information set forth below: Proposal Format: The basic format for the WREP proposal is a narrative written response to the information requested in this notice. There are no forms required or associated with the WREP proposal submission process; however, the proposal must include all of the following: (1) Proposal Cover Sheet and Summary: The first few pages of the proposal must include: (a) Project Title. (b) Project Director/Manager name, telephone, and email address. (c) Name of lead partner submitting proposal and other collaborating partners. (d) Mailing address and telephone numbers for lead partner. E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 18148 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 68 / Friday, April 9, 2010 / Notices (e) Short general description/ summary of project. (f) Potential acres to be enrolled in the project area. (g) The geographic location including State(s), county(s), and congressional district(s). Include a general location map. (h) Proposed project start and end dates (not to exceed a period of 5 years). (i) Total budget for the project including the amount of WREP financial assistance being requested for project. (2) Project Natural Resource Objectives and Actions: The proposal must: (a) Identify and provide detail about the natural resource concern(s) to be addressed and how the proposal’s objectives will address those concerns. Objectives should be specific, measurable, achievable, resultsoriented, and include a timeline for completion. (b) For each objective, identify the actions to be completed to achieve that objective and address the identified natural resource concern. Specify which actions are to be addressed through this project using WREP assistance, and which are being addressed through alternate non-Federal funding sources or other resources provided. (c) Identify the total acres that require wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement. (3) Detailed Proposal Criteria: Information provided in the proposal must include: (a) A description of the partner(s) history of working with landowners to address resource issues. (b) A description of the watershed characteristics within the designated focus area covered by the proposal including a detailed watershed map which indicates the project location. The description should include information related to land use types, vegetation, soils, hydrology, potential sources of water quality impairments, occurrences of at-risk species, proximity to other protected areas, and a summary of resource concerns. (c) A description of the partner(s) and the roles, responsibilities, and capabilities of the partner(s). Proposals which include resources from partners other than the lead partner must include a letter or other documentation confirming the commitment of resources. (d) A description of the project duration, plan of action, and project implementation schedule. Project proposals cannot exceed 5 years. (e) A description of the financial assistance resources that are requested through WREP, and the non-Federal VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Apr 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 resources provided by the partner(s) that will be leveraged by the Federal contribution. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial match of at least 5 percent of the acquisition or restoration costs toward the project. (f) A description of non-Federal resources that will be available for implementation of the proposal. Proposals which include additional non-Federal resources will be given higher consideration in the selection process. The partner needs to state clearly how they intend to leverage Federal funds along with partner resources. Landowner contributions in the implementation of agreed-to wetland restoration and enhancement practices may not be considered any part of a match from the potential partner for purposes of WREP. Partners will also be required to submit a plan for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting progress made toward achieving the objectives of the agreement. (g) An estimate of the percentage of potential landowners, or estimate of the percentage of acres likely to be enrolled within the project area, compared to the total number of potential landowners or acres located in the project area. A statement on how the partner will encourage participation to guarantee success of the project. It is not necessary for a target area to involve multiple landowners to be selected. Projects will be evaluated based on the ecological merits of the proposal and contributions by the partners. (h) A statement describing how the partner will provide outreach, especially to encourage participation by Indian tribes, beginning farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, and limited resource farmers or ranchers. (i) A description of the wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities to be implemented during the project timeframe, and the general sequence of implementation of the project. Activities may include those efforts undertaken by the partner and those that the partner requests NRCS to address through financial support. (j) A description of the amount of funds needed annually for easement acquisition and wetland restoration and enhancement activities. Submitting Proposals Potential partners must submit a complete proposal to the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist by the date and time listed at the beginning of this notice addressing all items listed in the ‘‘Proposal Requirements’’ section of this PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 notice. More than one proposal may be submitted. Potential partners should recognize that the proposal is the only document NRCS will use in the evaluation process. The proposal must include sufficient detail to allow NRCS to understand the partner’s priority resource concerns, objectives, and expected outcomes. If a project is multiState in scope, the proposal should be sent to the State Conservationist of the State in which the majority of the project area resides. Incomplete proposals and those that do not meet the requirements set forth in this notice will not be considered, and notification of elimination will be mailed to the applicant. The potential partner must submit five copies of the proposal, typewritten or printed on 81⁄2″ x 11″ white paper. One additional copy of the proposal must be in electronic format, such as Microsoft Word or PDF on one CD– ROM. If submitting more than one project proposal, submit a separate document for each project. The entire project proposal must not to exceed 15 pages in length including summary, responses to the information requested for the Project Natural Resource Objectives and Actions and Detailed Project Criteria, maps, reference materials, and related reports. State Conservationists may provide guidance to potential partners regarding resource concerns that may be addressed in the proposed project area, local working group and State Technical Committee natural resource priorities, and approved wetland restoration and enhancement practices and activities the partner should consider. Note: All WREP proposals submitted to the State Conservationist become the property of NRCS for use in the administration of the program, may be filed or disposed of by the agency, and will not be returned to the potential partner. Once proposals have been submitted to the agency for review and ranking, there will be no further opportunity to change or re-submit the proposal document. State Conservationist Review of Proposal The State Conservationist(s) will review the proposals to address: (a) Potential duplication of efforts with other projects or existing programs; (b) Adherence to, and consistency with, program regulation including requirements related to land and landowner eligibility and other program requirements; (c) Expected benefits for project implementation in their State(s); E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 68 / Friday, April 9, 2010 / Notices (d) Other issues or concerns the State Conservationist is aware that should be considered; and (e) A general recommendation for support or denial of project approval. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES National Ranking Considerations The appropriate State Conservationist will evaluate proposals using a competitive process and forward recommended proposals to the Chief or designee for review and selection. The Chief or designee will give a higher priority to proposals that: (a) Have a high potential to achieve wetland restoration; (b) Have a high potential to significantly improve wildlife habitat; (c) Significantly leverage non-Federal financial and technical resources and coordinate with other local, State, tribal, or Federal efforts; (d) Demonstrate the partner’s history of working cooperatively with landowners; (e) Provide innovation in wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement methods and outcomebased performance measures and methods; (f) Provide evidence that wetland restoration and enhancement activities will be completed within 2 years of easement closing; (g) Provide for monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the restoration activities; (h) Provide for matching financial or technical assistance funds to assist landowners with the implementation of the Wetlands Reserve Plan of Operations and associated contracts; (i) Facilitate the submission of landowner applications; and (j) Provide for outreach to, and participation of, Indian tribes, beginning farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, and limited resource farmers or ranchers within the area covered by the agreement. Acknowledgement of Submission and Notifications Partners whose proposals have been selected will receive a letter of official notification. Upon notification of selection, the partner should contact the NRCS State Conservationist listed in the letter to develop the required agreement and other project implementation requirements. Partner submissions of proposals that were not selected will be notified by mail. Withdrawal of Proposals Partner proposals may be withdrawn by written notice to the applicable State Conservationist at any time prior to selection. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Apr 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 Partnership Agreements Upon proposal selection, NRCS will enter an agreement with a partner as the mechanism for partner participation in WREP. At a minimum, the agreement will address: (a) The role of the partner; (b) The role of NRCS; (c) The format and frequency of reports that are required as a condition of the agreement; (d) Plan of Work and budget to identify other funding sources (if applicable) for financial or technical assistance; (e) The specified project schedule and timeframe; and (f) Other requirements deemed necessary by NRCS to achieve purposes of the WRP. Landowner Application Landowners must meet the eligibility requirements of WRP, as published in 7 CFR part 1467. Landowners interested in participating may apply for designated WREP funds at their local service center after WREP proposals are selected. In FY 2010, NRCS will make WREP funds available to eligible landowners to enroll land under a permanent easement, a 30-year easement, or a 30-year contract on acreage owned by Indian tribes. NRCS and the partner may assist landowners in determining whether the application is appropriate for WREP depending on the wetland protection, restoration, and enhancement activities that the applicant seeks to install or perform. Land Eligibility The land eligibility criteria for WREP are the same as for WRP and are listed in 7 CFR § 1467. 4. Waiver Authority To assist in the implementation of WREP projects, the Chief may waive the applicability of the Adjusted Gross Income Limitation, on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with 7 CFR part 1400. Such waiver requests must be submitted in writing from the program applicant, addressed to the Chief, and submitted through the local NRCS designated conservationist. Signed this April 5, 2010, in Washington, DC. Dave White, Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation and Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationists AL—William E. Puckett PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18149 3381 Skyway Drive P.O. Box 311 Auburn, Alabama 36830 Phone: 334/887–4500 Fax: 334/887–4552 (V) 9027–4557 (E) william.puckett@al.usda.gov AK—Robert Jones 800 West Evergreen Atrium Building, Suite 100 Palmer, Alaska 99645–6539 Phone: 907/761–7760 Fax: 907/761–7790 (V) 9035–2227 (E) robert.jones@ak.nrcs.usda.gov AZ—David L. McKay 230 North First Avenue Suite 509 Phoenix, Arizona 85003–1706 Phone: 602/280–8801 Fax: 602/280–8809 or 8805 (V) 9011–8810 (E) david.mckay@az.nrcs.usda.gov AR—Michael E. Sullivan Federal Building, Room 3416 700 West Capitol Avenue Little Rock, Arkansas 72201–3228 Phone: 501/301–3100 Fax: 501/301–3194 (V) 9044–3110 (E) michael.sullivan@ar.usda.gov CA—Lincoln E. (Ed) Burton 430 G Street Suite 4164 Davis, California 95616–4164 Phone: 530/792–5600 Fax: 530/792–5790 (V) 9040–5601 (E) ed.burton@ca.usda.gov CO—Allen Green 655 Parfet Street Room E200C Lakewood, Colorado 80215–5521 Phone: 720–544–2810 Fax: 720–544–2965 (V) 9059–2802 (E) allen.green@co.usda.gov CT—Douglas Zehner 344 Merrow Road, Suite A Tolland, Connecticut 06084 Phone: 860/871–4011 Fax: 860/871–4054 (V) 9013–114 (E) douglas.zehner@ct.usda.gov DE—Russell Morgan 1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100 Dover, Delaware 19904–8713 Phone: 302/678–4160 Fax: 302/678–0843 (V) 9060–199 (E) russell.morgan@de.usda.gov FL—Carlos Suarez 2614 NW. 43rd Street Gainesville, Florida 32606–6611 or P.O. Box 141510, Gainesville, FL 32614 Phone: 352/338–9500 Fax: 352/338–9574 (V) 9012–3501 (E) carlos.suarez@fl.usda.gov GA—James Tillman Federal Building, Stop 200 355 East Hancock Avenue Athens, Georgia 30601–2769 Phone: 706/546–2272 E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 18150 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 68 / Friday, April 9, 2010 / Notices Fax: 706/546–2120 (V) 9021–2082 (E) james.tillman@ga.usda.gov GU—Lawrence T. Yamamoto Director, Pacific Basin Area FHB Building, Suite 301 400 Route 8 Mongmong, Guam 96910 Phone: 671/472–7490 Fax: 671/472–7288 (V) 9000–822–1265 (E) larry.yamamoto@pb.usda.gov HI—Lawrence T. Yamamoto 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 4–118 P.O. Box 50004 Honolulu, Hawaii 96850–0002 Phone: 808/541–2600 x107 Fax: 808/541–1335 (V) 9042–108 (E) larry.yamamoto@hi.nrcs.usda.gov ID—Jeffrey B. Burwell 9173 West Barnes Drive Suite C Boise, Idaho 83709 Phone: 208/378–5700 Fax: 208/378–5735 (V) 9000–291–4551 (E) jeffrey.burwell@id.usda.gov IL—William J. Gradle 2118 W. Park Court Champaign, Illinois 61821 Phone: 217/353–6601 Fax: 217/353–6676 (V) 9057–6601 (E) bill.gradle@il.usda.gov IN—Jane E. Hardisty 6013 Lakeside Blvd. Indianapolis, Indiana 46278–2933 Phone: 317/290–3200 Fax: 317/290–3225 (V) 9029–301 (E) jane.hardisty@in.usda.gov IA—Richard Sims 693 Federal Building 210 Walnut Street, Suite 693 Des Moines, Iowa 50309–2180 Phone: 515/284–6655 Fax: 515/284–4394 (V) 9000–945–1065 (E) richard.sims@ia.usda.gov KS—Kasey Taylor, Acting Eric B. Banks 760 South Broadway Salina, Kansas 67401–4642 Phone: 785/823–4565 Fax: 785/452–3369 (V) 9000–345–8770 (E) eric.banks@ks.usda.gov KY—Tom Perrin 771 Corporate Drive Suite 110 Lexington, Kentucky 40503–5479 Phone: 859/224–7350 Fax: 859/224–7399 (V) 9032–7390 (E) tom.perrin@ky.usda.gov LA—Kevin D. Norton 3737 Government Street Alexandria, Louisiana 71302 Phone: 318/473–7751 Fax: 318/473–7626 (V) 9000–965–1635 (E) kevin.norton@la.usda.gov ME—Juan Hernandez VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Apr 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 967 Illinois Avenue Suite #3 Bangor, Maine 04401 Phone: 207/990–9100, ext. #3 Fax: 207/990–9599 (V) 9000–757–1028 (E) juan.hernandez@me.usda.gov MD—Jon F. Hall John Hanson Business Center 339 Busch’s Frontage Road, Suite 301 Annapolis, Maryland 21401–5534 Phone: 410/757–0861 x315 Fax: 410/757–0687 (V) 9053–315 (E) jon.hall@md.usda.gov MA—Christine Clarke 451 West Street Amherst, Massachusetts 01002–2995 Phone: 413/253–4351 Fax: 413/253–4375 (V) 9047–4352 (E) Christine.clarke@ma.usda.gov MI—Salvador Salinas, Acting Garry D. Lee 3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 250 East Lansing, Michigan 48823–6350 Phone: 517/324–5270 Fax: 517/324–5171 (V) 9048–5277 (E) garry.lee@mi.usda.gov MN—Jennifer Heglund, Acting 375 Jackson Street Suite 600 St. Paul, Minnesota 55101–1854 Phone: 651/602–7900 Fax: 651/602–7913 or 7914 (V) 9041–7854 (E) Jennifer.heglund@mn.usda.gov MS—Homer Wilkes Suite 1321, Federal Building 100 West Capitol Street Jackson, Mississippi 39269–1399 Phone: 601/965–5205 Fax: 601/965–4940 (V) 9000–965–2065 (E) homer.wilkes@ms.nrcs.usda.gov MO—J.R. Flores Parkade Center, Suite 250 601 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, Missouri 65203–2546 Phone: 573/876–0901 Fax: 573/876–9439 (V) 9034–1367 (E) jr.flores@mo.usda.gov MT—Joyce Swartzendruber Federal Building, Room 443 10 East Babcock Street Bozeman, Montana 59715–4704 Phone: 406/587–6813 Fax: 406/587–6761 (V) 9056–6813 (E) joyce.swartzendruber@mt.usda.gov NE—Stephen K. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program

AGENCY: Commodity Credit Corporation and Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, Department of Agriculture.

ACTION: Notice of availability of program funds.

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SUMMARY: The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), on behalf 
of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), announces that a minimum of 
$25 million in financial assistance will be made available in fiscal 
year (FY) 2010 for the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP) 
throughout the United States to eligible landowners.
    Under WREP, NRCS enters into agreements with eligible partners to 
help enhance conservation outcomes on wetlands and adjacent lands. WREP 
targets and leverages resources to carry out high priority wetland 
protection, restoration, and enhancement activities and improve 
wildlife habitat through agreements with States (including a political 
subdivision or agency of a State), nongovernmental organizations, and 
Indian tribes. This notice is to

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solicit proposals from potential partners who seek to enter into 
agreements with NRCS under this authority and to inform landowners of 
the potential availability of program funds through approved projects.

DATES: Effective Date: The notice of request is effective April 9, 
2010.
    Eligible partners may submit proposals to the NRCS State office by 
mail or via courier.
     By mail: Proposals must be postmarked by May 24, 2010.
     By courier or hand delivery: Proposals must be delivered 
by May 24, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Written proposals for projects geographically located within 
a State should be sent to the appropriate NRCS State Conservationist, 
whose names and addresses are identified as an attachment to this 
notice. Written proposals for multi-State projects are to be sent to 
the NRCS State Conservationist of the State in which the majority of 
the proposed project area resides. All proposals hand-delivered by 
courier will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., local time, Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Note:  Proposals submitted via fax, e-mail, through the 
grants.gov Web site, or after the deadline date listed in this 
notice will not be considered.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garry Lee, Acting Director, Easement 
Programs Division, Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources 
Conservation Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6819 South 
Building, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 720-0907 or Fax: (202) 
720-9689.
    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact 
the USDA TARGET Center at: (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 2206 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 
(2008 Act) establishes the WREP by amending section 1237A(h) of the 
Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3837a(h)). The Secretary of 
Agriculture delegated authority for WREP to the Chief of NRCS, who is 
Vice President of the CCC.

Availability of Funding

    Effective upon publication of this notice, NRCS, on behalf of CCC, 
announces that a minimum of $25 million of financial assistance funds 
is available to accept high quality proposals under WREP in FY 2010. 
Under WREP, NRCS enters into agreements with eligible State and local 
governments, Indian tribes, and nongovernmental organizations. The 
reserve rights pilot of WREP (7 CFR 1467.9(b)) is implemented 
separately, and funds for the pilot are made available through the 
normal Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) allocation process. NRCS will 
announce, at the State level, when a pilot area has been selected for 
the reserved rights pilot and will provide enrollment information to 
landowners at that time.

Overview

    WREP is a voluntary conservation program which is a component of 
WRP. WREP leverages resources of eligible partners to provide financial 
and technical assistance to eligible landowners to protect, restore, 
and enhance high priority wetlands and improve wildlife habitat. WREP 
partners are required to contribute a financial match of at least 5 
percent of the acquisition or restoration costs toward the project. 
Proposals which include additional partner resources will be given 
higher priority consideration in the selection process. Contributions 
provided by the partners to achieve additional points can be in the 
form of technical or financial assistance for the protection, 
restoration, and enhancement of the wetland. They can also be used for 
management and monitoring activities. These contributions can be in-
kind services or cash.
    WREP financial and technical assistance is delivered to eligible 
landowners in approved project areas through easement acquisition, 
conservation program contracts, cooperative agreements, contribution 
agreements, or Federal contracts. Restoration may be achieved through 
payments to other parties who conduct the restoration activities.
    Only States and local units of government, Indian tribes, and 
nongovernmental organizations are eligible to submit a proposal and 
enter into agreements with NRCS. A nongovernmental organization is an 
organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue 
Code of 1986. Individual landowners may not submit WREP proposals 
through this submission process. However, once a WREP project has been 
approved and announced, eligible landowners may apply for WREP through 
their local NRCS office. As part of the agreement, approved partners 
may also help facilitate the submission of landowner applications, 
provide additional technical or financial assistance to landowners, and 
provide other resources as defined in the agreement.
    Written proposals are to be submitted by eligible partners, and 
project evaluation will be based upon a competitive process and the 
criteria established in this notice. Potential partners may submit WREP 
proposals for an individual landowner project, watershed, or geographic 
area to the appropriate State Conservationist. Once NRCS selects a 
partner's proposal, landowners within the selected project area may 
submit an application directly to NRCS for participation in WRP. 
Individual landowner applications will be evaluated and ranked among 
other applicants in the watershed or geographic project area, when 
applicable, to ensure that the properties selected for funding will 
achieve project objectives.
    Wetland restoration and enhancement actions will be designed to 
maximize wildlife habitat values and water quality according to the WRP 
regulation, 7 CFR part 1467, and NRCS standards and specifications. 
Proposals must conform to the WRP guidelines for restoration and 
management of lands subject to a WRP easement.
    Benefits to the partners in WREP agreements include:
     Involvement in wetland restorations in high priority 
areas;
     Ability to cost-share restoration or enhancement 
components beyond those required by NRCS;
     Ability to participate in management or monitoring of 
selected project locations; and
     Opportunity to utilize innovative restoration methods and 
practices.

Proposal Requirements

    For consideration, the proposal must be in the following format and 
contain the information set forth below:
    Proposal Format: The basic format for the WREP proposal is a 
narrative written response to the information requested in this notice. 
There are no forms required or associated with the WREP proposal 
submission process; however, the proposal must include all of the 
following:
    (1) Proposal Cover Sheet and Summary: The first few pages of the 
proposal must include:
    (a) Project Title.
    (b) Project Director/Manager name, telephone, and email address.
    (c) Name of lead partner submitting proposal and other 
collaborating partners.
    (d) Mailing address and telephone numbers for lead partner.

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    (e) Short general description/summary of project.
    (f) Potential acres to be enrolled in the project area.
    (g) The geographic location including State(s), county(s), and 
congressional district(s). Include a general location map.
    (h) Proposed project start and end dates (not to exceed a period of 
5 years).
    (i) Total budget for the project including the amount of WREP 
financial assistance being requested for project.
    (2) Project Natural Resource Objectives and Actions: The proposal 
must:
    (a) Identify and provide detail about the natural resource 
concern(s) to be addressed and how the proposal's objectives will 
address those concerns. Objectives should be specific, measurable, 
achievable, results-oriented, and include a timeline for completion.
    (b) For each objective, identify the actions to be completed to 
achieve that objective and address the identified natural resource 
concern. Specify which actions are to be addressed through this project 
using WREP assistance, and which are being addressed through alternate 
non-Federal funding sources or other resources provided.
    (c) Identify the total acres that require wetland protection, 
restoration, and enhancement.
    (3) Detailed Proposal Criteria: Information provided in the 
proposal must include:
    (a) A description of the partner(s) history of working with 
landowners to address resource issues.
    (b) A description of the watershed characteristics within the 
designated focus area covered by the proposal including a detailed 
watershed map which indicates the project location. The description 
should include information related to land use types, vegetation, 
soils, hydrology, potential sources of water quality impairments, 
occurrences of at-risk species, proximity to other protected areas, and 
a summary of resource concerns.
    (c) A description of the partner(s) and the roles, 
responsibilities, and capabilities of the partner(s). Proposals which 
include resources from partners other than the lead partner must 
include a letter or other documentation confirming the commitment of 
resources.
    (d) A description of the project duration, plan of action, and 
project implementation schedule. Project proposals cannot exceed 5 
years.
    (e) A description of the financial assistance resources that are 
requested through WREP, and the non-Federal resources provided by the 
partner(s) that will be leveraged by the Federal contribution. WREP 
partners are required to contribute a financial match of at least 5 
percent of the acquisition or restoration costs toward the project.
    (f) A description of non-Federal resources that will be available 
for implementation of the proposal. Proposals which include additional 
non-Federal resources will be given higher consideration in the 
selection process. The partner needs to state clearly how they intend 
to leverage Federal funds along with partner resources. Landowner 
contributions in the implementation of agreed-to wetland restoration 
and enhancement practices may not be considered any part of a match 
from the potential partner for purposes of WREP. Partners will also be 
required to submit a plan for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting 
progress made toward achieving the objectives of the agreement.
    (g) An estimate of the percentage of potential landowners, or 
estimate of the percentage of acres likely to be enrolled within the 
project area, compared to the total number of potential landowners or 
acres located in the project area. A statement on how the partner will 
encourage participation to guarantee success of the project. It is not 
necessary for a target area to involve multiple landowners to be 
selected. Projects will be evaluated based on the ecological merits of 
the proposal and contributions by the partners.
    (h) A statement describing how the partner will provide outreach, 
especially to encourage participation by Indian tribes, beginning 
farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, and 
limited resource farmers or ranchers.
    (i) A description of the wetland protection, restoration, and 
enhancement activities to be implemented during the project timeframe, 
and the general sequence of implementation of the project. Activities 
may include those efforts undertaken by the partner and those that the 
partner requests NRCS to address through financial support.
    (j) A description of the amount of funds needed annually for 
easement acquisition and wetland restoration and enhancement 
activities.

Submitting Proposals

    Potential partners must submit a complete proposal to the 
appropriate NRCS State Conservationist by the date and time listed at 
the beginning of this notice addressing all items listed in the 
``Proposal Requirements'' section of this notice. More than one 
proposal may be submitted. Potential partners should recognize that the 
proposal is the only document NRCS will use in the evaluation process. 
The proposal must include sufficient detail to allow NRCS to understand 
the partner's priority resource concerns, objectives, and expected 
outcomes. If a project is multi-State in scope, the proposal should be 
sent to the State Conservationist of the State in which the majority of 
the project area resides. Incomplete proposals and those that do not 
meet the requirements set forth in this notice will not be considered, 
and notification of elimination will be mailed to the applicant.
    The potential partner must submit five copies of the proposal, 
typewritten or printed on 8\1/2\'' x 11'' white paper. One additional 
copy of the proposal must be in electronic format, such as Microsoft 
Word or PDF on one CD-ROM. If submitting more than one project 
proposal, submit a separate document for each project. The entire 
project proposal must not to exceed 15 pages in length including 
summary, responses to the information requested for the Project Natural 
Resource Objectives and Actions and Detailed Project Criteria, maps, 
reference materials, and related reports.
    State Conservationists may provide guidance to potential partners 
regarding resource concerns that may be addressed in the proposed 
project area, local working group and State Technical Committee natural 
resource priorities, and approved wetland restoration and enhancement 
practices and activities the partner should consider.

    Note: All WREP proposals submitted to the State Conservationist 
become the property of NRCS for use in the administration of the 
program, may be filed or disposed of by the agency, and will not be 
returned to the potential partner. Once proposals have been 
submitted to the agency for review and ranking, there will be no 
further opportunity to change or re-submit the proposal document.

State Conservationist Review of Proposal

    The State Conservationist(s) will review the proposals to address:
    (a) Potential duplication of efforts with other projects or 
existing programs;
    (b) Adherence to, and consistency with, program regulation 
including requirements related to land and landowner eligibility and 
other program requirements;
    (c) Expected benefits for project implementation in their State(s);

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    (d) Other issues or concerns the State Conservationist is aware 
that should be considered; and
    (e) A general recommendation for support or denial of project 
approval.

National Ranking Considerations

    The appropriate State Conservationist will evaluate proposals using 
a competitive process and forward recommended proposals to the Chief or 
designee for review and selection. The Chief or designee will give a 
higher priority to proposals that:
    (a) Have a high potential to achieve wetland restoration;
    (b) Have a high potential to significantly improve wildlife 
habitat;
    (c) Significantly leverage non-Federal financial and technical 
resources and coordinate with other local, State, tribal, or Federal 
efforts;
    (d) Demonstrate the partner's history of working cooperatively with 
landowners;
    (e) Provide innovation in wetland protection, restoration, and 
enhancement methods and outcome-based performance measures and methods;
    (f) Provide evidence that wetland restoration and enhancement 
activities will be completed within 2 years of easement closing;
    (g) Provide for monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of 
the restoration activities;
    (h) Provide for matching financial or technical assistance funds to 
assist landowners with the implementation of the Wetlands Reserve Plan 
of Operations and associated contracts;
    (i) Facilitate the submission of landowner applications; and
    (j) Provide for outreach to, and participation of, Indian tribes, 
beginning farmers or ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers or 
ranchers, and limited resource farmers or ranchers within the area 
covered by the agreement.

Acknowledgement of Submission and Notifications

    Partners whose proposals have been selected will receive a letter 
of official notification. Upon notification of selection, the partner 
should contact the NRCS State Conservationist listed in the letter to 
develop the required agreement and other project implementation 
requirements. Partner submissions of proposals that were not selected 
will be notified by mail.

Withdrawal of Proposals

    Partner proposals may be withdrawn by written notice to the 
applicable State Conservationist at any time prior to selection.

Partnership Agreements

    Upon proposal selection, NRCS will enter an agreement with a 
partner as the mechanism for partner participation in WREP. At a 
minimum, the agreement will address:
    (a) The role of the partner;
    (b) The role of NRCS;
    (c) The format and frequency of reports that are required as a 
condition of the agreement;
    (d) Plan of Work and budget to identify other funding sources (if 
applicable) for financial or technical assistance;
    (e) The specified project schedule and timeframe; and
    (f) Other requirements deemed necessary by NRCS to achieve purposes 
of the WRP.

Landowner Application

    Landowners must meet the eligibility requirements of WRP, as 
published in 7 CFR part 1467. Landowners interested in participating 
may apply for designated WREP funds at their local service center after 
WREP proposals are selected. In FY 2010, NRCS will make WREP funds 
available to eligible landowners to enroll land under a permanent 
easement, a 30-year easement, or a 30-year contract on acreage owned by 
Indian tribes.
    NRCS and the partner may assist landowners in determining whether 
the application is appropriate for WREP depending on the wetland 
protection, restoration, and enhancement activities that the applicant 
seeks to install or perform.

Land Eligibility

    The land eligibility criteria for WREP are the same as for WRP and 
are listed in 7 CFR Sec.  1467. 4.

Waiver Authority

    To assist in the implementation of WREP projects, the Chief may 
waive the applicability of the Adjusted Gross Income Limitation, on a 
case-by-case basis, in accordance with 7 CFR part 1400. Such waiver 
requests must be submitted in writing from the program applicant, 
addressed to the Chief, and submitted through the local NRCS designated 
conservationist.

    Signed this April 5, 2010, in Washington, DC.
Dave White,
Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation and Chief, Natural 
Resources Conservation Service.

United States Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

State Conservationists

AL--William E. Puckett
3381 Skyway Drive
P.O. Box 311
Auburn, Alabama 36830
Phone: 334/887-4500
Fax: 334/887-4552
(V) 9027-4557
(E) william.puckett@al.usda.gov

AK--Robert Jones
800 West Evergreen
Atrium Building, Suite 100
Palmer, Alaska 99645-6539
Phone: 907/761-7760
Fax: 907/761-7790
(V) 9035-2227
(E) robert.jones@ak.nrcs.usda.gov

AZ--David L. McKay
230 North First Avenue
Suite 509
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1706
Phone: 602/280-8801
Fax: 602/280-8809 or 8805
(V) 9011-8810
(E) david.mckay@az.nrcs.usda.gov

AR--Michael E. Sullivan
Federal Building, Room 3416
700 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3228
Phone: 501/301-3100
Fax: 501/301-3194
(V) 9044-3110
(E) michael.sullivan@ar.usda.gov

CA--Lincoln E. (Ed) Burton
430 G Street
Suite 4164
Davis, California 95616-4164
Phone: 530/792-5600
Fax: 530/792-5790
(V) 9040-5601
(E) ed.burton@ca.usda.gov

CO--Allen Green
655 Parfet Street
Room E200C
Lakewood, Colorado 80215-5521
Phone: 720-544-2810
Fax: 720-544-2965
(V) 9059-2802
(E) allen.green@co.usda.gov

CT--Douglas Zehner
344 Merrow Road, Suite A
Tolland, Connecticut 06084
Phone: 860/871-4011
Fax: 860/871-4054
(V) 9013-114
(E) douglas.zehner@ct.usda.gov

DE--Russell Morgan
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100
Dover, Delaware 19904-8713
Phone: 302/678-4160
Fax: 302/678-0843
(V) 9060-199
(E) russell.morgan@de.usda.gov

FL--Carlos Suarez
2614 NW. 43rd Street
Gainesville, Florida 32606-6611 or
P.O. Box 141510, Gainesville, FL 32614
Phone: 352/338-9500
Fax: 352/338-9574
(V) 9012-3501
(E) carlos.suarez@fl.usda.gov

GA--James Tillman
Federal Building, Stop 200
355 East Hancock Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30601-2769
Phone: 706/546-2272

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Fax: 706/546-2120
(V) 9021-2082
(E) james.tillman@ga.usda.gov

GU--Lawrence T. Yamamoto
Director, Pacific Basin Area
FHB Building, Suite 301
400 Route 8
Mongmong, Guam 96910
Phone: 671/472-7490
Fax: 671/472-7288
(V) 9000-822-1265
(E) larry.yamamoto@pb.usda.gov

HI--Lawrence T. Yamamoto
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 4-118
P.O. Box 50004
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850-0002
Phone: 808/541-2600 x107
Fax: 808/541-1335
(V) 9042-108
(E) larry.yamamoto@hi.nrcs.usda.gov

ID--Jeffrey B. Burwell
9173 West Barnes Drive
Suite C
Boise, Idaho 83709
Phone: 208/378-5700
Fax: 208/378-5735
(V) 9000-291-4551
(E) jeffrey.burwell@id.usda.gov

IL--William J. Gradle
2118 W. Park Court
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Phone: 217/353-6601
Fax: 217/353-6676
(V) 9057-6601
(E) bill.gradle@il.usda.gov

IN--Jane E. Hardisty
6013 Lakeside Blvd.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46278-2933
Phone: 317/290-3200
Fax: 317/290-3225
(V) 9029-301
(E) jane.hardisty@in.usda.gov

IA--Richard Sims
693 Federal Building
210 Walnut Street, Suite 693
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2180
Phone: 515/284-6655
Fax: 515/284-4394
(V) 9000-945-1065
(E) richard.sims@ia.usda.gov

KS--Kasey Taylor, Acting
Eric B. Banks
760 South Broadway
Salina, Kansas 67401-4642
Phone: 785/823-4565
Fax: 785/452-3369
(V) 9000-345-8770
(E) eric.banks@ks.usda.gov

KY--Tom Perrin
771 Corporate Drive
Suite 110
Lexington, Kentucky 40503-5479
Phone: 859/224-7350
Fax: 859/224-7399
(V) 9032-7390
(E) tom.perrin@ky.usda.gov

LA--Kevin D. Norton
3737 Government Street
Alexandria, Louisiana 71302
Phone: 318/473-7751
Fax: 318/473-7626
(V) 9000-965-1635
(E) kevin.norton@la.usda.gov

ME--Juan Hernandez
967 Illinois Avenue
Suite 3
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207/990-9100, ext. 3
Fax: 207/990-9599
(V) 9000-757-1028
(E) juan.hernandez@me.usda.gov

MD--Jon F. Hall
John Hanson Business Center
339 Busch's Frontage Road, Suite 301
Annapolis, Maryland 21401-5534
Phone: 410/757-0861 x315
Fax: 410/757-0687
(V) 9053-315
(E) jon.hall@md.usda.gov

MA--Christine Clarke
451 West Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002-2995
Phone: 413/253-4351
Fax: 413/253-4375
(V) 9047-4352
(E) Christine.clarke@ma.usda.gov

MI--Salvador Salinas, Acting
Garry D. Lee
3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 250
East Lansing, Michigan 48823-6350
Phone: 517/324-5270
Fax: 517/324-5171
(V) 9048-5277
(E) garry.lee@mi.usda.gov

MN--Jennifer Heglund, Acting
375 Jackson Street
Suite 600
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1854
Phone: 651/602-7900
Fax: 651/602-7913 or 7914
(V) 9041-7854
(E) Jennifer.heglund@mn.usda.gov

MS--Homer Wilkes
Suite 1321, Federal Building
100 West Capitol Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39269-1399
Phone: 601/965-5205
Fax: 601/965-4940
(V) 9000-965-2065
(E) homer.wilkes@ms.nrcs.usda.gov

MO--J.R. Flores
Parkade Center, Suite 250
601 Business Loop 70 West
Columbia, Missouri 65203-2546
Phone: 573/876-0901
Fax: 573/876-9439
(V) 9034-1367
(E) jr.flores@mo.usda.gov

MT--Joyce Swartzendruber
Federal Building, Room 443
10 East Babcock Street
Bozeman, Montana 59715-4704
Phone: 406/587-6813
Fax: 406/587-6761
(V) 9056-6813
(E) joyce.swartzendruber@mt.usda.gov

NE--Stephen K. Chick
Federal Building, Room 152
100 Centennial Mall, North
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-3866
Phone: 402/437-5300
Fax: 402/437-5327
(V) 9026-4103
(E) steve.chick@ne.usda.gov

NV--Bruce Petersen
5301 Longley Lane
Building F, Suite 201
Reno, Nevada 89511-1805
Phone: 775/857-8500
Fax: 775/857-8524
(V) 9000-784-1390
(E) bruce.petersen@nv.usda.gov

NH--George Cleek
Federal Building
2 Madbury Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824-2043
Phone: 603/868-7581 ext. 125
Fax: 603/868-5301
(V) 9000-868-8035
(E) george.cleek@nh.usda.gov

NJ--Thomas Drewes
220 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
Phone: 732/537-6040
Fax: 732/537-6095
(V) 9000-767-1000
(E) tom.drewes@nj.usda.gov

NM--Dennis L. Alexander
6200 Jefferson Street, NE.
Suite 305
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-3734
Phone: 505/761-4402 (Rita)
Fax: 505/761-4481
(V) 9016-4401
(E) dennis.alexander@nm.usda.gov

NY--Astor Boozer
441 South Salina Street
Suite 354
Syracuse, New York 13202-2450
Phone: 315/477-6504
Fax: 315/477-6550
(V) 9015-6501
(E) astor.boozer@ny.usda.gov

NC--J.B. Martin, Acting
4405 Bland Road, Suite 205
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609-6293
Phone: 919/873-2102
Fax: 919/873-2156
(V) 9025-2101
(E) JB.martin@nc.usda.gov

ND--Paul Sweeney
220 E. Rosser Avenue, Room 278
P.O. Box 1458
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502-1458
Phone: 701/530-2000
Fax: 701/530-2110
(V) 9051-2003
(E) paul.sweeney@nd.usda.gov

OH--Terry J. Cosby
200 North High Street, Room 522
Columbus, Ohio 43215-2478
Phone: 614/255-2472
Fax: 614/255-2548
(V) 9000-881-1870
(E) terry.cosby@oh.usda.gov

OK--Ronald L. Hilliard
100 USDA, Suite 206
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074-2655
Phone: 405/742-1204
Fax: 405/742-1126
(V) 9037-1280
(E) ron.hillard@ok.usda.gov

OR--Ron Alvarado
101 SW Main Street
Suite 1300
Portland, Oregon 97204-3221
Phone: 503/414-3200
Fax: 503/414-3103
(V) 9019-3201
(E) ron.alvarado@or.usda.gov

PA--Dave Brown, Acting
1 Credit Union Place, Suite 340

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110-2993
Phone: 717/237-2203
Fax: 717/237-2238
(V) 9039-2203
(E) dave.brown@pa.usda.gov

PR--Angel Figueroa, Acting
Director, Caribbean Area
IBM Building, Suite 604
654 Munoz Rivera Avenue
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918-4123
Phone: 787/766-5206, ext. 237
Fax: 787/766-5987
(V) 9000-769-1030
(E) angel.figueroa@wdc.usda.gov

RI--Richard ``Pooh'' Vongkhamdy
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886-0111
Phone: 401/828-1300
Fax: 401/828-0433
(V) 9023-115
(E) pooh.vongkhamdy@ri.usda.gov

SC--Keisha Brown, Acting
Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly Street, Room 950
Columbia, South Carolina 29201-2489
Phone: 803/253-3935
Fax: 803/253-3670
(V) 9031-3940
(E) Keisha.brown@sc.usda.gov

SD--Janet L. Oertly
Federal Building, Room 203
200 Fourth Street, S.W.
Huron, South Dakota 57350-2475
Phone: 605/352-1200
Fax: 605/352-1288
(V) 9036-1201
(E) janet.oertly@sd.usda.gov

TN--Kevin Brown
675 U.S. Courthouse
801 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203-3878
Phone: 615/277-2531
Fax: 615/277-2578
(V) 9058-2530
(E) kevin.brown@tn.usda.gov

TX--Donald W. Gohmert
W.R. Poage Federal Building
101 South Main Street
Temple, Texas 76501-7602
Phone: 254/742-9800
Fax: 254/742-9819
(V) 9038-9803
(E) don.gohmert@tx.usda.gov

UT--Sylvia A. Gillen
W.F. Bennett Federal Building
125 South State Street, Room 4402
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801/524-4555
Fax: 801/524-4403
(V) 9000-625-1550
(E) sylvia.gillen@ut.usda.gov

VT--Judith M. Doerner
356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 105
Colchester, Vermont 05446
Phone: 802/951-6795
Fax: 802/951-6327
(V) 9000-768-1240
(E) judy.doerner@vt.usda.gov

VA--Vicky Drew, Acting
Jack Bricker
Culpeper Building, Suite 209
1606 Santa Rosa Road
Richmond, Virginia 23229-5014
Phone: 804/287-1691
Fax: 804/287-1737
(V) 9003-1682
(E) jack.bricker@va.usda.gov

WA--Roylene Rides at the Door
Rock Pointe Tower II
W. 316 Boone Avenue, Suite 450
Spokane, Washington 99201-2348
Phone: 509/323-2900
Fax: 509/323-2909
(V) 9035-2901
(E) door@wa.usda.gov

WV--Kevin Wickey
75 High Street, Room 301
Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
Phone: 304/284-7540
Fax: 304/284-4839
(V) 9049-7542
(E) kevin.wickey@wv.usda.gov

WI--Ivan Dozier, Acting
Patricia Leavenworth
8030 Excelsior Drive, Suite 200
Madison, Wisconsin 53717
Phone: 608/662-4422
Fax: 608/662-4430
(V) 9018-222
(E) pat.leavenworth@wi.usda.gov

WY--J. Xavier Montoya
Federal Building, Room 3124
100 East B Street
Casper, Wyoming 82601-1911
Phone: 307/233-6750
Fax: 307/233-6753
(V) 9000-951-1015
(E) Xavier.montoya@wy.usda.gov

[FR Doc. 2010-8143 Filed 4-8-10; 8:45 am]
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