Project Proposal Process
Land managers wishing to secure funding from
this program are encouraged to become a member of one of the
regional working groups. Each working group has a slightly
different set of ranking criteria used to prioritize all
Land managers can choose from several control operation methods:
- The section has established five-year task assignment contracts with private vegetation management companies that collectively canvas the entire state (Invasive Plant Regional Contractors). These invasive plant regional contractors will perform the task of exotic plant removal and then be paid directly by FWC.
- The land manager can choose to complete the removal operation in-house, by utilizing existing staff and materials and then be reimbursed by FWC upon satisfactory completion of work.
- The land manager can also choose to use a subcontractor that they already have under contract. In this case, documentation that the subcontractor is competitive in price to the FWC contractor would be required. The subcontractor would be paid upon satisfactory completion of work by the land management agency, and then FWC would reimburse the agency.
Once proposals are submitted to the working
group they are scored based on a ranking criteria by members of
the working group. Additional ranking processes, such as a
presentation of the proposed project to the working group may be
required. Once the working group has agreed upon a priority
list, a liaison from the group presents the chosen projects at
an annual meeting of working group liaisons and program staff.
Once a project is chosen for funding, a cooperative agreement between FWC and the managing agency is established to allow funds to be expended and control operations to begin. When work is satisfactorily completed and approved by the site manager and FWC staff, payment is made.