Can appropriated funds be provided to a partner to purchase an interest in lands for conservation purposes?
In appropriate circumstances, funds may be provided to a partner for acquisition of land or other property interests for conservation purposes. Such funding transfers are made under either a grant or cooperative agreement when the bureau has specific statutory authority to do so and the requisite funds are available. That is, under the cost principles for federal grants and cooperative agreements, the acquisition of real property interests may be an allowable cost. However, a bureau may award the grant or cooperative agreement only after approving a partner’s proposed budget and the corresponding proposed scope of work. The bureau may only approve a proposed budget and scope of work that includes property acquisition if there is a legal basis or authority supporting acquisition, funds are available, and the agency determines that the acquisition of property is necessary and appropriate to meet the public purpose articulated in the authorizing legislation. 6. Are there any restrictions