Wilderness Stewardship Performance
The Wilderness Program’s performance measure, Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP), began implementation in FY 2016 and tracks our progress on taking the interdisciplinary stewardship actions needed to fulfill the primary mandate from the Wilderness Act of 1964: to preserve wilderness character.
Since the implementation of WSP, the Washington Office has provided funding to assist the field in making measurable gains in the elements of WSP. The annual accomplishment reports show that this funding has been a very effective and targeted means to support critical wilderness tasks, covering the wide range of interdisciplinary activities included in WSP.
The specific amount of funds available for this program and the exact timing of these funds is not known at this time. However, we established a tentative timeline and we anticipate making available up to $2.5 million each year, from across a range of Budget Line Items, supporting the interdisciplinary nature of WSP. We also anticipate a portion of this funding will provide external support to our partners through an agreement with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
Proposals can be submitted by National Forests and Regional Offices for conducting stewardship activities in designated wilderness, showing measurable improvement in scores on one or more of the elements under WSP, up to a total request of $50,000 per proposal. Each unit may submit as many proposals as they would like. Proposals will be selected based on projected accomplishment, cost-effectiveness, feasibility, and the ability to leverage other funds and partner support.
Supporting resources can be found on the WSP SharePoint site.
- Each application must be in conformance with the following initial screening criteria:
- The funds requested can only be used for Wilderness Stewardship Performance activities in Designated Wilderness.
- The proposed activities must benefit the elements officially selected as “core elements” for the designated wilderness.
- Awards will not be made for implementation activities (monitoring, treatment actions, etc.) proposed in the absence of a management plan, unless specifically allowed by the element scoring.
- Individual requests for funding cannot exceed $50,000
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We have recorded a walk-through of the new application program that shows how to fill out the application form and what to expect. Click here to view the video.
To aid in collaborative planning, feel free to use this WSP Survey Monkey Planning Reference Microsoft Word document which includes all of the components of the new Survey Monkey application form. All proposals must be submitted through the online Survey Monkey platform - Word or other versions of the application will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact Dusty Vaughn, National Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.