Requests for Statements of Interest

Golden Eagle Monitoring and Management, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA

Background: 
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms (MCAGCC) is a major training asset for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in the Mojave Desert. MCAGCC covers roughly 1,100 square miles in San Bernardino County, CA. Golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) are protected by several legislative authorities that pertain to MCAGCC, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and Executive Order 13186. All federal agencies also have the burden of analysis through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the effects of their actions and plans on the natural environment, which includes golden eagles. To fully identify impacts of an action on the golden eagle, MCAGCC would first need to have the following information: 1) up to date biological information; location, distribution, general abundance and productivity data, 2) information on activities that are likely to result in disturbance or take based on biological data, 3) avoidance and minimization measures for disturbance and take, and 4) quantification of  any anticipated disturbance or take and applying for the corresponding permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Little recent golden eagle abundance, distribution, and productivity data exist at MCAGCC. Publicly available golden eagle nest data accessed through Data Basin combined with a 2012-2013 survey sponsored by Environmental Affairs at MCAGCC, documents that there are at least ten nest locations recorded on base, in which five were observed active during the 2012 breeding season, and another 4 located in the shared use area of Means Lake. 

Brief Description of the Anticipated Work:

Objectives: 

1)    Create a map of potential nesting habitat for golden eagles at MCAGCC

2)    Conduct drone surveys or other innovative methods that will avoid disturbance to confirm nesting in potential nesting habitat

3)    Confirm active and inactive nests

4)    Model how climate change could affect current eagle habitat on MCAGCC

5)    (Optional) If possible within budget and access constraints, determine and report nest success

MCAGCC seeks an experienced team to map golden eagle nesting habitat on base, develop an achievable monitoring protocol, and implement portions of that protocol within budget at high priority sites. The main final deliverable shall be a final report and GIS SDSFIE-compliant geodatabase with a field-tested monitoring protocol for the base and preliminary baseline data. High quality habitat is in open rock faces with limited or infrequent proximal human use. The use of drones and other non-intrusive technology is an anticipated requirement to determine occupation and eaglets. Drone use on base requires added coordination and deconfliction in restricted airspace. The winning proposal will reinvestigate the 14 known nesting sites while also expanding the survey effort to potential habitat throughout the base (approximately 12 training areas). The Government recognizes that total coverage and amount of surveys performed may be limited by the budget, access, and timeline rather than the availability of habitat. 

Period of Performance: 
The base period of performance covered by this agreement is 36 months upon award. The end date is the anticipated date that the Government accepts the final report. However, the parties may extend the term of the Cooperative Agreement by written modification.

Materials Requested for Statement of Interest/Qualifications:

Please provide the following via e-mail attachment to: Kevin Magennis (kevin.e.magennis.civ@us.navy.mil). 

a.    SF 424 (Enclosure 3) and Research & Related Senior/Key Personnel Form (Enclosure 4). Please see Factor 1 for additional submittal requirements.

b.    Research & Related Budget Forms (Enclosure 5).

c.    Please see Factor 3 for additional submittal requirements. SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Enclosure 6).  If applicable, complete SF- LLL.  Applicability: If any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the grant/cooperative agreement, you must complete and submit Standard Form - LLL,
"Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying.”

Reimbursement of pre-award costs will not be allowed. Please note, that some of the forms functionality may be lost.  Please visit 
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/r-r-family.html#sortby=1 to retrieve the forms directly from the Grants.gov website.   

Review of Statements Received:

Proposals will be evaluated as best value tradeoffs based on the following three factors: 1) Credentials of Key Personnel, 2) Scientific Approach, and 3) Reasonableness of Cost.   NOTE:  All requirements listed are minimum requirements.  Offerors will be assessed on their ability to adhere to the listed requirements, completeness of responses, follow directions, comply with restrictions and provide quality control on their submittals.  All page limits refer to 12 point font and single spaced pages. Submissions that exceed the page limitation specified within its corresponding factor may have additional pages removed from consideration.   

Please see attached RSOI for more information.

Timeline for Review of Statements of Interest:

We request that Statements of Interest be submitted by September 16, 2022 2:00 PM PDT. This Request for Statements of Interest will remain open until an investigator team is selected. Statements of Interest received after September 16, 2022 2:00 PM PDT is considered “late” and may not be considered. Please submit requests for information/questions no later than September 14, 2022 2:00 PM PDT.   Please send electronic responses and questions only to: Kevin Magennis, Contract Specialist Environmental Acquisition Core 
kevin.e.magennis.civ@us.navy.mil