01-0497R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GRANT AGREEMENT WITH THE NATURE CONSERVANCY FOR ASSISTANCE IN IMPLEMENTING THE DULUTH NATURE AREA PROJECT IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,517.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to execute an agreement, substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ________, with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for technical assistance in implementing the Duluth natural areas project in the amount of $8,517, payable from Fund 255.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize an agreement with TNC for technical assistance in developing and implementing the Duluth natural areas project (the project). This project, which is in its developmental stage, is pursuant to a memorandum of understanding which was entered into between TNC and the city. A goal of the project is to identify properties within the city, particularly those which are owned by the city, which, because of the uniqueness of the ecological features located thereon or because of the importance of the ecological features located thereon to the community, are deserving of special protection. Another goal is to implement a protection program with regard to these properties.

TNC has been helpful to the city in identifying the need for such a project and is willing to continue to provide technical assistance to the city regarding the development and implementation of the project. This grant covers some of TNC's actual costs of providing this assistance to the city.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $39,767. Of this amount,$8,517 will be provided by the city under this grant agreement. The conservancy will provide another $15,824. It is anticipated that the remainder will be provided to TNC by the DNR through its partnership grant program and its scientific and natural areas program.

Of the total cost of the project, it is estimated that $12,998 will pay for the costs of a consultant who will assist TNC and the city in developing criteria for which property should be subject to the project's protections and identifying the property which should be subject to the project. The remainder of the project funds will be used to cover technical assistance and project oversight, supplies, postage, printing and administrative costs of TNC for grant administration.