Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund 2020 Request for Proposals

 

Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 by 11:59 pm ET

 

Applicant Webinar

Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 2 pm ET // View Recording // View Webinar Slides

Overview

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund will award grants to restore, enhance and maintain bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands and promote aquatic connectivity on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, International Paper’s Forestland Stewards partnership, the Walton Family Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Approximately $4 million is an​ticipated to be available for grants in 2020. 

Geographic Focus

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund will award grants within
the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) region of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, with preference given to projects located within focal geographies as depicted in Map 1. A more detailed interactive map can be viewed here: Interactive Map.

Program Priorities

The fund is guided by NFWF’s Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Business Plan​, which lays out six strategic priorities to restore and enhance bottomland hardwood wetlands and aquatic habitats. Two wildlife species are currently targeted in the business plan: Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus) and swamp rabbit (Sylvilagus aquaticus). These species were selected as indicators of healthy bottomland hardwood forests and represent the habitat needs of a broader suite of species dependent upon this system. Additional prospective species that are indicators of healthy bottomland hardwood wetlands and improved aquatic connectivity are under consideration for inclusion in the business plan at a later date, including: forest birds, waterfowl and freshwater fish. 

The strategic priorities are as follows:

  1. Bottomland Hardwood Forest Enhancement and Maintenance: Promote and implement the management and enhancement of existing bottomland hardwood forests to improve forest habitat structure and understory condition, and wildlife habitat​1  and water quality. Projects that address bottomland hardwood enhancement and management on private lands are encouraged to include lands enrolled in the NRCS Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) or Agricultural Conservation Easement Program – Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE), which for the purposes of this RFP will be referred to as WRP/WRE.
    • ​​Mechanical/Herbicide/Thinning: Strategies may include pre-commercial thinning, invasive species control, crop tree release and residual stocking to improve forest stand structure, and tree and understory species composition to benefit wildlife. Preference will be given to projects that enhance and maintain forest habitat on protected lands, including but not limited to, lands enrolled in the NRCS’ WRP/WRE or Conservation Reserve Program, as well as properties adjacent to, or within close proximity to large blocks of existing bottomland forest habitat. Projects that include treatments on properties enrolled in WRP/WRE should reference the Tool for Assessment and Treatment of Reforested Bottomland Hardwood Stands on Wetland Reserve Easements.
    • WRP/WRE Forest Inventory and Assessment: Complete inventories and assessments of existing WRP/WRE forests to document stand stocking and species composition. This information will guide decisions on how to design forest management treatments to improve wildlife habitat. 
    • ​Identify and address specific barriers to bottomland hardwood management and habitat enhancement in a specific geography (i.e., lack of markets, community issues, etc.). Innovative strategies implemented as pilot projects, with the potential of being scaled up and transferred across the landscape, are encouraged.
       
  2. Restore, Wetland and Floodplain Hydrology and Improve Water Quality: Improve hydrological connectivity of wetland and floodplain habitats to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Strategies include connecting water features between adjacent tracts on public and private lands, as well as lands enrolled in WRP/WRE. Improve wetland habitat and function through vegetation management, managing for moist soil plants, and installation of low-maintenance water control structures, such as flashboard risers, for water management capability. Reroute agricultural runoff to constructed or restored wetlands, rehabilitate or stabalize ditches and/or guillies, and/or establish buffer strips to benefit water quality.
     
  3. Bottomland Hardwood Forest Restoration: Restore bottomland hardwood forests in targeted areas that expand upon core blocks of existing bottomland hardwood forest and create corridors between existing blocks of bottomland hardwood forest to promote wildlife dispersal and expansion. For the purposes of the fund, restoration refers to the establishment of new bottomland hardwood forests, including reforestation of harvested sites and afforestation of cropland. Specific strategies may include:
    • ​Bottomland Hardwood Plantings: Strategies that may be employed to establish new bottomland hardwood stands on public and private lands include site preparation (e.g., herbicide, mechanical site preparation) and planting of bottomland hardwood seedlings.
    • Natural Regeneration: Practices that promote natural regeneration of bottomland hardwood forests may also be supported.
       
  4. Target Outreach, Education and Assistance to Private Landowners, Forest Practitioners and Other Key Constituencies: Throughout the focal geographies and the larger LMAV landscape, NFWF will invest in strategies to expand engagement with willing landowners and knowledgeable practitioners, increase landowner adoption of conservation practices, including, but not limited to enrollment in Farm Bill programs, and address barriers to restoring forested wetland and aquatic habitats and improving associated fish and wildlife populations. Proposals must estimate the number of acres to be restored or enhanced as a result of proposed activities under this strategy. Projects also should demonstrate increased coordination across agencies and organizations; improve delivery of landowner technical assistance; and target outreach to private lands adjacent, or in close proximity to, established and/or protected bottomland hardwood and wetland habitats. Special emphasis will be placed on projects that include outreach to, and enhancing participation of, underserved farmers or ranchers, Tribes, and veteran farmers and ranchers. 
    • ​​Outreach, Education and Technical Assistance: Support capacity for outreach, education, training, technical assistance and implementation of practices to increase bottomland hardwood wetland restoration and enhancement on private and public lands. Where appropriate, opportunities to leverage capacity to increase participation in Farm Bill and other financial assistance programs to restore and enhance bottomland hardwood wetlands on private lands and/or engage private industry to advance habitat restoration and enhancement will be given priority. Strategies may include:
      • Hiring additional staff or contractors, based on demonstrated need. Dedicated funding is available this cycle from NRCS Louisiana, NRCS Mississippi and NRCS Tennessee to support foresters, wildlife specialists and other natural resource professionals to deliver technical assistance and Farm Bill conservation programs within their respective states. Positions within the other states within the LMAV are also possible and applicants are encouraged to contact NFWF staff to discuss needs prior to submitting a proposal. 
      • Targeting outreach to landowners and working with NRCS and other partners to prioritize, plan and deliver NRCS financial assistance, including WRP/WRE, and other stewardship programs to improve habitat and support Louisiana black bear, swamp rabbit, forest birds, waterfowl, freshwater fish and at-risk species, including implementation of new and existing NRCS financial assistance contracts. 
      • Engagement with the public to increase awareness of and support for bottomland hardwood wetland restoration may be considered. Investments to improve forest practitioners’ technical knowledge of management treatments that will achieve desired forest conditions for wildlife through peer-to-peer learning, workshops, and field days will be considered. 
      • Developing landscape-based partnerships to implement innovative methods to expand on-the-ground restoration and protection activities on private lands, such as utilizing social marketing and preferences data to identify and better understand landowner motivations and barriers to sustainable forest management.
      • Capacity for outreach, education, training, technical assistance and implementation of practices to promote human-bear coexistence and improve perceptions towards Louisiana black bears in the LMAV. Engagement with the public to increase awareness of and support for Louisiana black bear recovery, such as workshops and outreach events that reduce opposition to Louisiana black bear recolonization, will be considered.
    • Demonstration sites: NFWF will support demonstration projects that are designed to engage public and private landowners, foresters and land managers and other key partners to increase bottomland hardwood restoration and implementation of enhancement treatments to improve wildlife habitat value of existing bottomland hardwood forests.
    • Advance new market-based solutions or incentives: Pilot innovative, market-based solutions or incentives that stimulate landowner participation in bottomland forest and wetland restoration, enhancement, and protection practices. Examples of strategies include utilizing ecosystem service payments to support bottomland hardwood and/or wetland restoration and management practices that improve wildlife habitat and/or water quality or coupling new incentive payments funded through the Fund with existing financial assistance programs to extend contract periods and/or implement practices that exceed minimum program requirements. Projects should effectively align with other existing private landowner initiatives or programs, such as US Fish & Wildlife Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program and USDA’s Working Lands for Wildlife​, as appropriate.
    • Increase participation in third-party forest certification: Increase participation in third-party forest certification programs to encourage sustainable forest management practices for bottomland hardwood forests and associated wildlife.
       
  5. Bottomland Hardwood Forest Habitat Conservation: Funding is available for capacity and transaction costs to facilitate conservation easement projects that protect existing, high quality bottomland hardwood habitat, or key sites targeted for bottomland hardwood restoration and/or enhancement that are part of a broader restoration proposal. Requests should be for transaction costs, such as surveys, appraisal, environmental report, etc., and should not exceed 10% of the total proposal request. In limited instances, high leverage projects may be considered for conservation easement acquisition costs. Please contact NFWF program staff to discuss specific land conservation projects.
     
  6. Improve Aquatic Connectivity : Restore or retrofit barriers, such as dikes and levees, to improve flows between rivers and side channels to increase habitat connectivity for fish and other aquatic species. Projects that implement proof-of-concept approaches to increase the frequency and duration of oxbow connection to the Mississippi River main stem will also be considered.

    To be competitive, each aquatic connectivity proposal and/or aquatic habitat improvement proposal should include a section detailing the pre- and post-intervention freshwater fish monitoring at the site to be conducted either by the applicant or a named partner/subcontractor. The expectation is that this monitoring will include a sampling design and detection/capture methods for, abundance, and, if applicable, life-stages for the species being targeted. Both single- and multi-species approaches will be considered.

    Non-fish aquatic species may also be included in the monitoring section with prior review from NFWF. The monitored species must be an indicator of aquatic connectivity and/or habitat improvement resulting from activities mentioned above. Please contact Mike Lagua (Michael.lagua@nfwf.org​) if you would like to include a non-fish aquatic species in your proposal prior to submission. 
     
  7. Restoration Response Monitoring: Develop monitoring protocols to measure Louisiana black bear, swamp rabbit, forest bird, waterfowl and freshwater fish response to habitat restoration and enhancement. Where baseline data is not available, monitoring proposals should establish a baseline measurement. This baseline should then be used to measure change over time as restoration activities are undertaken. This efforts may be paired with other monitoring work that federal and state agencies are performing. Monitoring for Louisiana black bear and swamp rabbit should track progress towards species outcomes included in Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Business Plan.

​​​​Priority will be given to projects that effectively implement one or more of the above strategies to improve bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands and aquatic connectivity, and populations of associated wildlife species, including Louisiana black bear, swamp rabbit, as well as forest birds, waterfowl, and freshwater fish. Strategies 1 and 2 are high priorities for the fund in 2020 and preference will be given to projects that incorporate these strategies. 

Project Metrics

To better gauge progress on individual grants and to ensure greater consistency of project data provided by multiple grants, the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund has a list of metrics in Easygrants for grantees to choose from for reporting. We ask that you select only the most relevant metrics from this list for your project (all possible program metrics are shown in the table below). Please contact Jon Scott (jonathan.scott@nfwf.org​) if you have any questions regarding metrics.

Strategy Recommended Metric Additional Guidance
Bottomland Hardwood Forest Enhancement and Maintenance LMAV – Improved management practices - Acres under improved management (private) Acres that will be treated to enhance or maintain existing bottomland hardwoods on private lands. Examples include thinning, residual stocking, or invasive species treatments.
LMAV –Improved management practices - Acres under improved management (public) Acres that will be treated to enhance or maintain existing bottomland hardwoods on public lands. Examples include thinning, residual stocking, or invasive species treatments.
LMAV - Research - Acres assessed Total acres to be assessed on lands enrolled in WRE.​
LMAV - Land, wetland restoration - # acres returned to desired forest condition Acres of existing bottomland forests restored to minimum desired forest condition.
Marine Debris Assessment LMAV - Restoring hydrology - Acres with restored hydrology (private lands) Acres of wetlands and/or floodplain habitat to which hydrological function will be restored on private lands.
LMAV - Restoring hydrology - Acres with restored hydrology (public lands) Acres of wetlands and/or floodplain habitat to which hydrological function will be restored on public lands.
Bottomland Hardwood Forest Restoration LMAV –Land, wetland restoration - Acres restored on private lands Acres of bottomland hardwood forest that will be established on private lands during the grant period of performance.
LMAV –Land, wetland restoration - Acres restored on public lands Acres of bottomland hardwood forest that will be established on public lands during the grant period of performance.
Target Outreach, Education and Assistance to Private Landowners, Forest Practitioners and Other Key Constituencies LMAV - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # of conservation demonstration sites # of demonstration sites established to educate landowners and land managers on bottomland hardwood restoration and enhancement practices that benefit wildlife.
LMAV - BMP development - # mgmt plans with BMPs # of forest management plans developed.
LMAV - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people targeted # of landowners and practitioners targeted by outreach activities. Outcomes related to reducing human-black bear conflict should be included in the Black bear specific metrics.
LMAV - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people reached # of landowners and practitioners anticipated to be reached through education, training or technical assistance activities. Outcomes related to reducing human-black bear conflict should be included in the Black bear specific metrics.
LMAV - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people with changed behavior # of private landowners reached who have implemented conservation actions. Outcomes related to reducing human-black bear conflict should be included in the Black bear specific metrics.
LMAV - Economic benefits - # jobs created # of new full-time positions created that provide additional technical assistance and/or project implementation capacity.
LMAV - Building institutional capacity - # FTE with sufficient training # of existing full-time employees provided with training to improve technical knowledge.
LMAV - Louisiana Black Bear - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people targeted # of people targeted to receive education on methods to reduce human-black bear conflict. Examples include people targeted through direct mailings, email and other communications efforts.
LMAV - Louisiana Black Bear - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people reached # of people expected to be reached through education efforts to reduce human-black bear conflict. Examples include workshops and other educational events.
LMAV - Louisiana Black Bear - Outreach/ Education/ Technical Assistance - # people with changed behavior # of people expected to change their behavior regarding human-black bear conflict as a result of outreach and education efforts.
LMAV - Louisiana Black Bear - Monitoring - # of populations monitored # of Louisiana black bear populations monitored.
Bottomland Hardwood Forest Habitat Conservation LMAV - Conservation easements - Acres protected under easement Acres of bottomland hardwood forest and/or wetland habitat protected under long-term easement (permanent or >30-yr).
Improve Aquatic Connectivity and Water Quality LMAV - Fish passage improvements - Acres of lake habitat opened Acres of aquatic habitat reconnected or opened. Examples: improving connectivity and natural flow regimes between the Mississippi River main stem and floodplain and oxbow lakes.
LMAV - Fish passage improvements - Miles of stream opened Miles of aquatic habitat reconnected or opened. Examples: secondary channel, oxbow or other water features opened due to barrier removal or improvement. Mile opened is defined as # of new miles that restoration makes accessible for aquatic species. For oxbow lake restoration, record # of miles connecting from main stem to oxbow lake. For dike notching, record # of miles of secondary channel. In map tool, include polygon of open stream, dike to be notched and/or accessible secondary stream as appropriate.
LMAV - Fish passage improvements - # passage barriers rectified # of in-stream barriers removed or retrofitted to increase aquatic connectivity.
LMAV - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Acres with BMPs (private lands) # of acres of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) installed on private lands to reduce nutrient or sediment loads.
LMAV - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Acres with BMPs (public lands) # of acres of agricultural best management practices (BMPs) installed on public lands to reduce nutrient or sediment loads.
LMAV - BMP implementation for nutrient or sediment reduction - Lbs sediment avoided (annually) # of pounds of sediment that are estimated to be prevented from entering surface waters as a result of conservation practices implemented.

Eligibility

  • Eligible and Ineligible Entities
    • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. 
    • Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, businesses, unincorporated individuals and international organizations. U.S. Federal agencies, businesses and unincorporated individuals are encouraged to partner with applicants, but are not eligible to submit an application.
       
  • Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds 
    • ​NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
    • NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Funding Availability And Match

The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund anticipates awarding approximately $4 million in grants in FY 2020. Grant awards are expected to range from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the overall scale of the project. This program has one annual application cycle.

Project Period: Anticipated completion time for funded projects typically will be 24-36 months following finalization of a grant agreement. Significant progress with project implementation is expected to be achieved in year one, including interim deliverables. Project start and end dates should define the period during which all proposed work is accomplished, all requested funds are spent and all matching funds are spent or applied. 

Match Requirement: Projects should have a minimum match of 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind, but larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive​2.  Projects unable to provide a 1:1 non-federal match are eligible, but applicants must contact NFWF to discuss match waiver options prior to submitting a proposal. Applicants are encouraged to describe federal partner contributions in the proposal narrative, although those contributions will not count toward the minimum match requirement.

Evaluation Criteria

All proposals will be screened for relevance, accuracy, completeness and compliance with NFWF and funding source policies. Proposals will then be evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the following criteria.

Program Goals and Priorities – Project contributes to overall habitat and species conservation goals, and has specific, quantifiable performance metrics that will be tracked and measured to evaluate project success. Project addresses one or more of the program priorities.

Technical Merit – Project is technically sound and feasible, and the proposal sets forth a clear, logical and achievable work plan and timeline. Project engages appropriate technical experts throughout project planning, design and implementation to ensure activities are technically-sound and feasible.

Cost-Effectiveness – Project includes a cost-effective budget that balances performance risk and efficient use of funds.  Cost-effectiveness evaluation may include, but is not limited to, an assessment of either or both direct and indirect costs in the proposed budget. The federal government has determined that a de minimis 10% indirect rate is an acceptable minimum for organizations without a NICRA, as such NFWF reserves the right to scrutinize ALL proposals with indirect rates above 10% for cost-effectiveness.

Transferability – Project has potential and plan to transfer lessons learned to other communities and/or to be integrated into government programs and policies.

Communication – Project includes a detailed plan to communicate information about the project to appropriate audiences.

Funding Need – Project establishes a clear need for the funds being requested, and demonstrates that activities would not move forward absent funding.

Conservation Plan and Context – Describe how the project fits into and advances an existing conservation plan or strategy, such as NFWF’s Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Business Plan, the North American Waterfowl Management PlanPartners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan, State Wildlife Action Plans, and other plans that benefit bottomland hardwood forest and wetland habitats and associated wildlife species within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Proposals also should highlight how these efforts will expand new or existing restoration and conservation initiatives to maximize large-scale ecosystem function. 

Monitoring – Project includes a plan for monitoring progress during and after the proposed project period to track project success and adaptively address new challenges and opportunities as they arise. Note: for aquatic connectivity projects more precise guidance on monitoring needs are described above (page 4). 

Long-term Sustainability – Project will be maintained to ensure benefits are achieved and sustained over time. This should include how future funding will be secured to implement necessary long-term monitoring and maintenance activities.

Past Success – Applicant has a proven track record of success in implementing conservation practices with specific, measurable results.

Partnership – An appropriate partnership exists to implement the project and the project is supported by a strong local partnership that leverages additional funds and will sustain it after the life of the grant. Identify proposed partners, if known (including potential or contemplated subawards to third party subrecipients of the applicant), the roles they will play in implementing the project, and how this project will build new or enhance existing partnerships. (Note: a project partner is any local community, non-profit organization, tribe, and/or local, state, and federal government agency that contributes to the project in a substantial way and is closely involved in the completion of the project.) 

Other

Budget – Costs are allowable, reasonable and budgeted in accordance with NFWF’s Budget Instructions cost categories with sufficient budget narratives. Federally-funded projects must be in compliance with OMB Uniform Guidance​ as applicable.

Matching Contributions – Matching Contributions consist of cash, contributed goods and services, volunteer hours, and/or property raised and spent for the Project during the Period of Performance. Larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive during application review.

Procurement – If the applicant chooses to specifically identify proposed Contractor(s) for Services, an award by NFWF to the applicant does not constitute NFWF’s express written authorization for the applicant to procure such specific services noncompetitively. When procuring goods and services, NFWF recipients must follow documented procurement procedures which reflect applicable laws and regulations. 

Publicity and Acknowledgement of Support – Award recipients will be required to grant NFWF the right and authority to publicize the project and NFWF’s financial support for the grant in press releases, publications and other public communications. Recipients may also be asked by NFWF to provide high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) photographs depicting the project.

Receiving Award Funds – Award payments are primarily reimbursable. Projects may request funds for reimbursement at any time after completing a signed agreement with NFWF. A request of an advance of funds must be due to an imminent need of expenditure and must detail how the funds will be used and provide justification and a timeline for expected disbursement of these funds.

Compliance Requirements – Projects selected may be subject to requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act (state and federal), and National Historic Preservation Act. Documentation of compliance with these regulations must be approved prior to initiating activities that disturb or alter habitat or other features of the project site(s). Applicants should budget time and resources to obtain the needed approvals. As may be applicable, successful applicants may be required to comply with additional Federal, state or local requirements and obtain all necessary permits and clearances.

Permits – Successful applicants will be required to provide sufficient documentation that the project expects to receive or has received all necessary permits and clearances to comply with any Federal, state or local requirements. Where projects involve work in the waters of the United States, NFWF strongly encourages applicants to conduct a permit pre-application meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers prior to submitting their proposal. In some cases, if a permit pre-application meeting has not been completed, NFWF may require successful applicants to complete such a meeting prior to grant award.

Federal Funding – The availability of federal funds estimated in this solicitation is contingent upon the federal appropriations process. Funding decisions will be made based on level of funding and timing of when it is received by NFWF.

Timeline

Dates of activities are subject to change. Please check the Program page of the NFWF website for the most current dates and information: Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund.

Applicant Webinar:​
​Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at 2 pm ET [Register Here]
​Proposal Due Date:​​
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, 11:59pm ET
Review Period:
​Feb. – May 2020
​Awards Announced:
​June 2020

 

How To Apply

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

  1. Go to easygrants.nfwf.org to register in our Easygrants online system. New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login). Enter your applicant information. Please disable the pop-up blocker on your internet browser prior to beginning the application process.
  2. Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
  3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application. Once an application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.

Application Assistance

Additional information to support the application process can be accessed on the NFWF website’s Applicant Information page.

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact

Jay Jensen
Southern Region Director
202-595-2650
jay.jensen@nfwf.org​ 

Jon Scott
Southern Forests Program Director
202-595-2609
jonathan.scott@nfwf.org 

For issues or assistance with our online Easygrants system, please contact:

Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org​
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.


1Resources to inform and guide bottomland forest management may be found on the Lower MS Valley Joint Venture website: https://www.lmvjv.org/​  

​​2​Note that landowner contributions being used as match for a Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund grant must be outside of the amount already written into any agency financial assistance contract as a financial assistance contribution.