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Subject 600-5-6 BOBWHITE QUAIL INITIATIVE

Rule 600-5-6-.01 Purpose

In compliance with the "Fair and Open Grants" Article of the "Budget Accountability and Planning Act of 1993," following is the information on a grant program implemented by the Conservation Commission.

Rule 600-5-6-.02 The Name of the Grant Program

Bobwhite Quail Initiative.

Rule 600-5-6-.03 The Citation to Statutory Basis for the Grant Program in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated or Other General Law of the State of Georgia

The Conservation Commission is authorized under 2-6-27(6) to receive and accept grant funding from outside sources and to manage and disperse same in support of soil and water conservation activities.

Rule 600-5-6-.04 The General Scope and Purpose of the Grant Program

To provide funds for installation of soil and water conservation measures to preserve habitat for wildlife, specifically bobwhite quail and song birds, under provisions of the intergovernmental agreement with the Department of Natural Resources.

Rule 600-5-6-.05 General Terms and Conditions of the Grants

For an agreed upon amount of funding, usually not to exceed $15,000 total cost over a three year period of time as cost-share, landowners must install certain wildlife habitat conservation measures and maintain such measures for a specified period of time.

Rule 600-5-6-.06 Eligible Recipients of the Grants

Owners of lands in the State of Georgia who reside in counties specified by the Department of Natural Resources and whose land meets the application requirements specified by the Department of Natural Resources.

Rule 600-5-6-.07 The Criteria for the Award of the Grant

Availability of funding, conditions on the land which fit the requirements of the program, willingness of the owner to commit funds to install measures, willingness of the owner to adhere to long-term aspects of the agreement and physical capacity to accomplish the work.

Rule 600-5-6-.08 Directions and Deadlines for Applying for Such Grants

Generally dependent on the time of the availability of grant funds anytime between January and December.

Coordinator

Bobwhite Quail Initiative Program

DNR Wildlife Resources Division

116 Rum Creek Drive

Forsyth, GA 31029-6518