Request for Letters of Research Interest (LOI)
Project Title: Natural Resource Condition Assessment for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
This project will provide the National Park Service (NPS) with a Natural Resource Condition Assessment (NRCA) of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KAWW; Attachment 1). NRCAs rely on existing data and expertise from a variety of NPS and non-NPS sources to provide a snapshot-in-time evaluation of resource conditions for a subset of important park natural resources and indicators. As with all other NPS NRCAs, the current project will be multidisciplinary (ecological) in scope, employ hierarchical indicator frameworks, identify or develop logical reference conditions/values to compare current condition data against, emphasize spatial evaluation of conditions and geospatial map products, summarize key findings at the park or park area (e.g., watershed boundary) levels, and follow national NRCA guidelines and standards for study design and reporting products. NRCA project guidelines and standards are posted at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/science/upload/NRCA-Development-Guide_2023.docx. Additional information about the program, including past NRCA projects are available at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/science/nrca.htm. The Fort Pulaski NRCA is a good example of a recent project that was completed using the current guidance.
NRCA deliverables will include a written report and geographic information system (GIS) data layers in park-specific geodatabase format. Reports will be published in the Resource Report (RR) series. Note that the NRCA project guidelines refer to an older Natural Resource Report series that is being phased out; this project will use the new Resource Report series. The author template for the report series is posted on the NPS DataStore: https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2301194. The KAWW superintendent and resource manager are the primary target audience for the assessment report. Technical experts are the targeted audience for supporting documentation in report appendices and supplementary datasets and databases.
Objectives and Tasks:
Using existing data, NRCAs evaluate and report on current conditions, condition trends, critical data gaps, and selected resource condition influences for a subset of the park’s most important natural resources. The project will deliver credible science-based information that is relevant and useful to park managers for strategic planning and decision-making purposes. Project findings will also help parks report to government ‘resource condition status’ accountability measures.
Based on the Study Plan to be developed at the start of the project, the Principal Investigator (PI) shall follow the NRCA project guidelines and:
The deadline for responding to this request for LOI is January 19, 2024. The funding decision for a start in late summer 2024 will be announced by February 16, 2024. A cooperative agreement will be put in place by September 13, 2024. The project is expected to take two years to complete.
NPS has $50,000 – $75,000 available for this project; this includes the CESU overhead rate of 17.5%. Non-federal partners within the CESU system with a current NPS master cooperative agreement are eligible to apply.
Materials Requested for Letters of Interest:
Letters of interest (limit 4 pages) must include:
Evaluation Letters of Interest:
Based on a review of the Letters of Interest received, and contingent on funding, an investigator will be invited to prepare a full study proposal, schedule, and detailed budget. Because of the broad scope of this project, an interdisciplinary approach is necessary. Letters will be evaluated by a panel of three NPS staff based on the following criteria and scoring:
Direct questions and letters of interest to Brian Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for responding to this request for LOI is January 19, 2024.
Documents to Download:
Word Doc: Full RSOI with attachment describing Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument