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The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of the fish and wildlife resources of Massachusetts for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. Conservation of Massachusetts' fauna and flora is the statutory responsibility of MassWildlife. This responsibility is established and articulated in the Constitution and General Laws of Massachusetts and tasks MassWildlife with the stewardship of all wild amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, freshwater and diadromous fishes, and the habitats on which they depend.
Although MassWildlife and other conservation organizations across the Commonwealth have made unprecedented investments in land acquisition, we recognize that acquisition alone is not enough to guarantee the persistence of the Commonwealth’s biological diversity. Investment in habitat restoration and management is urgently needed on public and private lands across the state. To address this need, MassWildlife is substantially increasing its investment in habitat management activities on its properties and is committed to working with partners to promote these efforts on other conserved lands across the state. MassWildlife understands that significant investments in habitat management will be required to protect the integrity of the Commonwealth’s open space - ensuring that what we worked so hard to conserve will be there for future generations.
The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP) was developed to establish partnerships between MassWildlife and private and municipal landowners to enhance habitat and increase recreational opportunities on properties that have been conserved across the state. Recognizing that land protection is only the first step in maintaining the diverse habitats of Massachusetts, the MHMGP program aims to encourage landowners to engage in active habitat management on their properties to maximize the benefit to the various wildlife species of the state.
The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP) is designed to provide financial assistance to private and municipal landowners of protected lands to support active habitat management while fostering partnerships to encourage landscape scale habitat management and expand public recreation on conserved lands.
Owners of private or municipal conserved lands in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Conserved land is defined as property protected in fee or by a Conservation Restriction, land enrolled in Chapter 61,61A/B, is owned by an organization whose primary mission is habitat conservation, or has a current Landowner Incentive Program covenant; or an entity under equivalent protection as determined by MassWildlife staff.
Applicants are eligible to receive between $10,000 and $50,000 per grant towards their approved habitat management project.
Application deadline: Applications must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 8, 2017. (PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS AN EXTENSION FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE, WHICH WAS OCTOBER 30th)
Direct costs for on the ground habitat improvements specifically designed to benefit wildlife will be eligible for reimbursement. All project costs must be approved in the agreed upon contract budget to be eligible for reimbursement.
The application period has closed.
All application materials are posted on COMMBUYS**. Send 1 hard copy of the completed application package to:
MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program
Attn: James Burnham
MassWildlife Field Headquarters
1 Rabbit Hill Road
Westborough, MA 01581
Learn more about the application process
Applicants should also include a CD or USB flash drive containing a complete electronic copy of the proposal. Responses postmarked after NOVEMBER 8, 2017 will not be considered. Facsimiles and/or electronic submissions through email will not be accepted.
**Note: If you are not a registered COMMBUYS User but you have obtained this RFP, it is your responsibility to check the COMMBUYS website for updates to this solicitation. Only registered COMMBUYS users that obtained this RFP through their COMMBUYS account will be notified of updates to this solicitation.