July 11th – weekly land trust news

 

 

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COLT’s weekly land trust news

July 11th, 2016

Good afternoon everyone,

Hope this finds you all well as another week of work, collaboration, and hopefully some winding-down gets underway. With the magnitude of events recently, we’d like to offer appreciation to you for all the ways- big and small- in which you’re working to help make this world a little better.

Below is some information related to the upcoming OWEB board meeting on July 26th and 27th and regarding their agenda items about OWEB’s spending plan for the rest of the 2015-17 biennium, as well as the Focused Investment Program (FIP) timeline. While Kelley is on maternity leave, Mike will be attending the meeting on behalf of COLT. He has also had a number of conversations with Meta Loftsgaarden, OWEB’s Director, about these and other matters.

In short, OWEB staff will be proposing to the OWEB board that they add $1 million of PCSRF (see below) to their acquisition funds, making for a total of about $4.5 million available for acquisitions in their October grant cycle. In addition, they will discuss a couple of options of how to allocated unused (“recaptured”) grant funds.

For the FIP timeline, OWEB staff is recommending that they push out the FIP implementation solicitation (i.e. new FIP proposals) deadline until January 2019. As the below states, “This would result in no FIP-Implementation grants in the 2017-19 biennium.”

OWEB Staff reports on these agenda items and others should be posted this week.

The explanation and information below on these issues comes straight from Meta:

OWEB Spending Plan

The OWEB board will be adding $5.1 million in funding from the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) to the 2015-17 spending plan (note: this is a usual practice for each biennium). Per requirements of the program, these funds are added to restoration, technical assistance and acquisitions portions of the spending plan, as these are all eligible for PCSRF.

In addition, the board will be decide where to invest approximately $2 million in funding that was recaptured from grants that were not fully expended.  The board will consider two options.  In the first, all $2 million will be invested in future open solicitation cycles for restoration, technical assistance and monitoring.  In the second option, approximately $1.1 million will be added to the Focused Investment & Implementation line item to address reductions that were approved by the board to requests made by FIP Implementation partners in their proposals. The remaining $900,000 will be added to open solicitation cycles for restoration, technical assistance and monitoring.

Focused Investment Solicitation Schedule

Based on OWEB Board conversations in April, staff propose that the Focused Investment Partnership Capacity grants will have a solicitation cycle for the 2017-19 biennium.

For FIP Implementation grants, the recommendation before the board is that solicitation for grants would run from January 2018 – January 2019 with an implementation date of July 1, 2019. Successful applicants would then have six months to complete all necessary processes to begin implementation as the Board funding award is made in July 2019 for the 2019-2021 biennium. This would result in no FIP-Implementation grants in the 2017-19 biennium.

Additional information can be found here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OWEB/pages/board_meeting_info.aspx.  The agenda is already posted; staff reports will be posted around July 12th.  If you would like to comment on these or any other recommendations before the board, contact OWEB’s Eric Hartstein.

Mike will continue to keep the COLT board and membership up-to-date on these matters. Please let him know if you have any questions.

Warmly,
Stephanie

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