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V. PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA Project Proposal Instructions



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V. PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA

Project Proposal Instructions

The applicant must:


  • Respond to the criteria in the order listed in this guide.




  • Provide a written response to each question or statement as it pertains to the project. If a particular question or statement does not apply to the project, indicate as such with “N/A” (not applicable), and provide a brief explanation as to its inapplicability.




  • Limit the project Proposal to no more than 15 pages, 8 ½” x 11” paper, single-sided, double-spaced, with 12-point font. It is not necessary to include the questions in your responses. Attachments do not count as part of the 15 pages. Margins should be sufficient for ogals to easily read the proposal.




  • Cite studies, reports or other data that support the responses, where appropriate.


Project Proposal



Introduction

The information provided in the project proposal will allow ogals to evaluate the competing grant applications. In addition to striving for objectivity and uniformity in evaluating proposals, ogals will make an effort to provide equitable geographic spread of funds, provided that sufficient well-qualified proposals exist.


All projects from all seven funding categories compete for the approximately $2 million dollars available annually.
There are a total of 100 points possible for each project proposal.
Overview of Criteria and Point Values

          1. Threat (15 points)


          2. Site Access (10 points)

          3. Stakeholders (10 points)

          4. applicant Capacity (15 points)

          5. Species Presence (10 points)

          6. Invasive Plant Species (15 points/10 points)

          7. Site Elements (10 points)

          8. riparian Conditions (10 points)

          9. Conservation Plan (5 points)

          10. Conservation Corps Involvement (5 points)


1. Threat (15 points)
Describe any existing or potential harm or danger to the project site and/or targeted species, and the overall consequences if the proposed acquisition, enhancement, or restoration cannot occur.
The maximum number of points will be awarded to projects where a significant

threat to the project
site and/or targeted species exists.

There is a significant threat 15-11 points


There is a moderate threat 10-6 points
There is a minimum threat 5-1 points
The applicant did not respond 0 points




2. Site Access (10 points)

Per the hcf Program legislation, the public should have access to the project sites except when that access may interfere with habitat protection.

Describe the plans for future access that will occur as a result of project completion, providing details on the five items below.


  1. Reasonable entrance fees, parking fees, membership fees, activity fees, or no fees

  2. Onsite or close-by parking

  3. Easily available public transportation, bike lanes, or trails

  4. Flexible hours (hours that accommodate participants)

  5. Solutions to any physical, financial, and/or cultural barriers/obstacles to project site

For acquisition projects, the applicant’s score will be based on a description of the applicant’s plans for future access that will occur after acquisition. If the applicant anticipates a time delay between project completion and providing access, address this issue.


The maximum number of points will be given to project site(s) that are accessible via all five of the items above.

The project site is accessible via all five of the items above 10 points


The project site is accessible via four of the five items above 8 points
The project site is accessible via three of the five items above 6 points
The project site is accessible via two of the five items above 4 points

The project site is accessible via one of the five items above 2 points

The applicant did not respond 0 points





  1. Stakeholders (10 points)



The applicant should focus the response to this criterion on efforts to solicit input, not on the number of interested parties solicited.
Describe the efforts to involve interested parties (community-based stakeholders, potential users, public agency partners, and/or community-based non-profit partners) in project planning and/or implementation. A concerted effort would include the following descriptions:


  1. Methods used to notify interested parties of the input opportunity

  2. Methods used to obtain the interested parties’ ideas

  3. How the interested parties’ ideas were incorporated in project design and/or implementation


The maximum number of points will be awarded to applicants
which, within the last two years prior to the application due date, made a concerted effort to involve the broadest representation of interested parties in the project planning and implementation process.

The applicant made a concerted effort to involve interested parties 10-8 points


The applicant made a moderate effort to involve interested parties 7-5 points

The applicant made a limited effort to involve interested parties 4-1 points

The applicant made no effort to involve interested parties, or the

applicant did not respond 0 points



4. applicant Capacity (15 points)



For acquisition projects

Describe the applicant’s ability to complete an acquisition, based on the applicant’s knowledge and/or experience of the process to:



  1. Identify the appropriate and available property(ies)

  2. Negotiate terms of sale with the land owner(s)

  3. Secure the appropriate agency/agent(s) to facilitate escrow transactions


OR
For enhancement or restoration projects

Describe the applicant’s ability to complete the project, based on a comprehensive management process. The applicant will discuss its ability as pertaining to items a – c below:



      1. Design the project to maximize sustainability

      2. Manage project completion schedule to ensure the timely completion of milestones

      3. Monitor project outcomes to ensure they remain at intended standards

In addition to the information provided for this criterion, ogals will review its own records and consider the applicants performance history with ogals as part of the project selection process. This includes, but is not limited to, a review of the applicant’s ability to:


  • Complete previous grant-funded projects within the grant performance period

  • Meet all post-award requirements including timely submission of project status reports and payment requests

  • Operate and maintain grant-funded sites


The maximum number of points will be awarded to applicants that demonstrate significant capacity to complete the project by addressing items a-c above.

The applicant demonstrates significant capacity 15-11 points


The applicant demonstrates moderate capacity 10-6 points
The applicant demonstrates limited capacity 5-1 points
The applicant demonstrates no capacity, or the applicant did not respond 0 points



5. Species Presence (10 points)
A. Present conditions

Respond to this criterion by accessing the ogals website at www.parks.ca.gov, click on “Park Management”, “Grants and Bonds”, “Habitat Conservation Fund”, and “Website Links” for dfg links, and providing the following:




    1. An identification of the variety and occurrence of dfg Special Animals and/or Special Plants that presently exist on or near the project site
    2. A hard-copy of the web link page(s) that identify those species.



The maximum number of points will be awarded to project sites which have four or more targeted species currently on or near the project site for reproduction, wintering, migration or other critical life history stages.



Four or more species 10 points
Three species 8 points
Two species 5 points
One species 3 points
None, or the applicant did not respond 0 points



OR
B. Conditions at project completion

Respond to this criterion by accessing the ogals website at www.parks.ca.gov, click on “Park Management”, “Grants and Bonds”, “Habitat Conservation Fund”, and “Website Links” for dfg links, and providing the following:




  1. An identification of the variety and occurrence of dfg Special Animals and/or Special Plants that will, at project completion, exist on or near the project site

  2. A hard-copy of the web link page(s) that identify those species, including documentation that the identified species currently exists in a similar environment.

The maximum number of points will be awarded to project sites which will, at project completion, have four or more targeted species on or near the project site for reproduction, wintering, migration or other critical life history stages.





Four or more species 10 points
Three species 8 points
Two species 5 points
One species 3 points
None, or the applicant did not respond 0 points


6. Invasive Plant Species (15 points/10 points)
For applicants addressing current project status, the ideal riparian habitat project site would have thriving native vegetation stands with minimal invasive non-native plant species.
For acquisition projects (15 points)

Describe the degree to which the invasive plant species impact the project site.


The maximum number of points will be awarded to project sites which are dominated by native plant species.



project site is dominated by native plant species and adjacent

lands/waters have few or no invasive plant species 15 points


No invasive non-native plant species on project site, but adjacent

lands/waters have significant presence of invasive plant species 10 points


project site has significant presence of invasive plant species 5 points

The applicant did not respond 0 points





OR
For enhancement or restoration projects (10 points)

Describe how the following activities will be implemented:




  1. Establishment of a local long-term action plan with local funding to continue prevention and/or control activities

  2. Effective initial containment efforts of the invading invasive plant species

  3. Evaluation of treatment effectiveness, including discussion of the next year’s growing season


The maximum number of points will be awarded to applicants which implement all three activities.

The applicant will implement all three activities 10 points


The applicant will implement two activities 7 points
The applicant will implement one activity 3 points
The applicant has not, nor will not, implement any activities, or

did not respond 0 points






7. Site Elements (10 points)
The ideal riparian habitat project would include the necessary hydrological processes, including a wide variety of elements in and around the proposed

project site.

Describe how the project site currently has, or by project completion will have, the following elements:



  1. Water quality characteristics (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, etc.) within or greater than suitable range

  2. Levels of drainage impacts and changes (from municipal to agricultural discharges) that maximize water quality

  3. Regulated use and importation of non-native fish predation and minimizing or eliminating non-native fish competition

  4. Unrestricted fish passage both upstream and downstream for all life-stages of species

  5. riffles, runs, pools, and in-stream woody debris/boulders

  6. Levels of monitoring and enforcement that minimize point source pollution and illegal water diversion


The maximum number of points will be awarded to project sites which currently, or will at project completion, have all six elements.



project site currently has, or will at project completion, have

all six elements 10 points
project site currently has, or will at project completion, have five elements 8 points
project site currently has, or will at project completion, have four elements 6 points
project site currently has, or will at project completion, have three elements 4 points

project site currently has, or will at project completion, have two elements 2 points

project site currently has, or will at project completion, have one element……. 1 point
project site currently has, or will at project completion, have no elements,

or the applicant did not respond 0 points







8. riparian Conditions (10 points)
The ideal riparian habitat project would include an optimal site environment on both sides of the stream channel, including an appropriate composition and multi-storied habitat.
Describe the current conditions on each side of the stream channel at the project site. An optimal project site environment would include the following:


  1. riparian community composition appropriate for stream course and watershed

  2. habitat that extends at least 45 feet on each side of the watercourse

  3. Multi-storied habitat (understory to canopy)

  4. Adjacent land uses that minimize the risks to the project site


The maximum number of points will be awarded to project sites which either currently have all four of the elements above, or will at Project completion.

The project site currently has, or will at project completion, have


all four elements 10 points

The project site currently has, or will at project completion, have

three elements 7 points
The project site currently has, or will at project completion, have

two elements 5 points
The project site currently has, or will at project completion, have

one element 3 points
The project site currently has, or will at project completion, have

no elements, or the applicant did not respond 0 points


9. Conservation Plan (5 points)
Name the adopted applicable plan(s), and describe the project’s priority in the plan(s) (e.g., nccp/hcp, Riparian Bird Conservation Plan, watershed plan, Bay-Delta Ecosystem Restoration Program Plan, etc.).
The maximum number of points will be awarded to projects which satisfy a high priority need, and are discussed in detail in one or more plan(s).



project satisfies a high priority need, and is discussed in detail in one

or more plan(s) 5 points


project is not mentioned in any plan, or the applicant did not respond 0 points




10. Conservation Corps Involvement (5 points)

FOR enhancement or restoration projects ONLY

The applicant must contact the california conservation corps (c.c.c.) and the certified conservation corps (cert. corps) and document the practicability of the c.c.c. and cert. corps’ involvement with the project.

Use the form on page 31 to document the above contacts. Include the responses from both the c.c.c. and the cert. corps in the application packet.

Describe the outcomes of the applicant’s efforts to obtain c.c.c. and the cert. corps’ assistance with the project in the criterion response. In addition to notations made on the form (page 31), explain why this assistance can or cannot occur. If the c.c.c. and/or the cert. corps offers to assist, and the applicant denies this assistance, the applicant must provide justification explaining the denial.


The maximum number of points will be awarded to an applicant which provides completed forms, including contact information and signatures from both the c.c.c. and the cert. corps, and the contact results in Conservation Corps participation.


The applicant contacted the Conservation Corps and provided completed

forms, and the contact will result in Conservation Corps participation 5 points
The applicant contacted the Conservation Corps and provided partially

completed forms, but the contact will not result in Conservation Corps

participation 4 points
The applicant contacted the Conservation Corps and provided partially

completed forms, with its own agency information and signature only 1 point


The applicant did not contact the Conservation Corps or provide forms,

or the applicant did not respond 0 points







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