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Authorized Cooperative Agreement Types

    Cooperative Agreements for Educational and Training Activities
    To further training and educational opportunities about water resources development projects under the jurisdiction of the Secretary, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with non-Federal public and nonprofit entities for services relating to natural resources conservation or recreation management.

    Cooperative Agreements for Management of Undesirable Plants on Federal Lands
    Each Federal agency shall-

    • designate an office or person adequately trained in the management of undesirable plant species to develop and coordinate an undesirable plants management program for control of undesirable plants on Federal lands under the agency's jurisdiction;
    • establish and adequately fund an undesirable plants management program through the agency's budgetary process;
    • complete and implement cooperative agreements with State agencies regarding the management of undesirable plant species on Federal lands under the agency's jurisdiction; and
    • establish integrated management systems to control or contain undesirable plant species targeted under cooperative agreements.

    Federal agencies shall enter into cooperative agreements with State agencies to coordinate the management of undesirable plant species on Federal lands. This integrated management system can include education, preventative measures, physical or mechanical methods, biological agents, herbicide methods, cultural methods, and general land management practices such as manipulation of livestock or wildlife grazing strategies or improving wildlife or livestock habitat.

    Cooperative Agreements with Indian Tribes
    The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with an Indian tribe (or a designated representative of an Indian tribe) to carry out authorized activities of the Corps of Engineers to protect fish, wildlife, water quality, and cultural resources.

    Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU)
    On 21 June 2005, Mr. Steve Stockton, Deputy Director, Civil Works signed an MOU authorizing the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program to join the CESU Network. This gave the Corps the ability to join the 17 individual units of the CESU Network. The CESU Network provides opportunities for federal agencies, NGO’s and Universities to collaborate on research, technical assistance and education in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences needed to address natural and cultural resource management issues at multiple scales and in an ecosystem context. Each CESU is composed of federal agencies, a host university, and partner institutions. CESU agreements allow each of the participating federal agencies to efficiently transfer funds and duty station employees to university partners through cooperative agreements while maintaining responsibility for agency-sponsored activities within CESU’s. CESU’s are organized around biogeographic areas and linked together in the CESU network.”

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