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  • on June 5, 2012

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 The Bay Program of the State Coastal Conservancy has just released a stunning 15th anniversary report.  As the Bay Area Open Space Council notes, this report provides a colorful and fascinating story about conservation in the Bay Area. The stories and images are breath-taking, the message is positive. If you want to feel good about land conservation and the progress made to date, this is worth reading. If you care about land, this is the report for you. 

A Message from the California State Coastal Conservancy

Dear Friend:
We are thrilled to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program.  To those who established the Bay Program legislatively, delivered the projects funded by the Bay Program, provided matching funds or support, or simply enjoyed a new trail or park, we say Thank You!

The Coastal Conservancy, which houses the Bay Program, is proud of what we have achieved in our first fifteen years.  This report outlines the major accomplishments in each program area and highlights exemplary projects in each of the Bay Area’s nine counties.  The number of projects completed is staggering, and represents the hard work and commitment of both individuals and organizations to protect open space, restore habitats, preserve local farms and ranches, protect our waterways, and connect people to nature.  

Our partners have included land trusts, open space districts, cities and counties, water districts, ports, fellow state agencies, federal resource agencies, environmental and community organizations, private foundations, and local universities.  Working together, we have moved projects from dreams to reality, benefiting the people and wildlife of the Bay Area.

What’s next?  We are in significantly tougher economic times right now, and for the foreseeable future we will not likely see a level of funding comparable to the Bay Program’s first fifteen years.  Within the next two to three years our grant funds for new projects will be spent.  However, the Conservancy will continue to dedicate staff time and resources to the projects we are currently leading.  As new state or regional funds become available, the Conservancy will continue our work to ensure that the Bay Area remains among the best places on earth.

Sincerely, Board Chair Douglas Bosco and Executive Officer Sam Schuchat

Download the report.

For hard copies of the report and questions about the Coastal Conservancy’s work, please contact Amy Hutzel at and 510 286 -4180. 



2012 Bay-Delta Science Conference

Ecosystem Reconciliation: Realities Facing the San Francisco Estuary

Sacramento Convention Center

October 16-18, 2012


San Francisco Bay Nominated as a Ramsar site 

After much hard work by many partners and JV staff, the application to nominate the San Francisco Bay as a Ramsar site has been submitted. It is expected to take one to two years to review. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.


Deadline: July 27, 2012 NAWCA Standard Grants: The U.S. Standard grant information is available on the NAWCA website at For general program information, contact the U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinators: David Buie (, (301) 497-5870, or Cheryl Leonard, (, 703-358-1725. Important note: Anyone considering applying should coordinate their application with SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning at or 415-259-0334. The SFBJV will need to be involved not only to provide guidance but also because we will need to rank all applications that are submitted.

Deadline: August 28, 2012 – Department of Fish and Game Environmental Enhancement Fund Grant Program (flyer)

The State’s oil spill agency, the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response, is seeking grant proposals for projects to enhance California’s marine habitat. This grant, administered through the Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF), is available to coastal communities including cities, nonprofit organizations, counties, districts, state agencies, and departments, and (to the extent permitted by federal law) federal agencies.

Details and RFP

Climate Funding Opportunities: These opportunities represent a snapshot of what is currently available (as of April 23, 2012). Future grant opportunities are contingent upon funding appropriations.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, together with California Department of Fish and Game and the California State Lands Commission, request pre-proposals under the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program (Program) for recreational projects that compensate the public for the loss of use and enjoyment of public beaches, parks, and other public or natural resources as a result of the Cosco Busan oil spill. Pre-proposal Due Date: April 26, 2012 Full Proposal Due Date: September 10, 2012. $6.8 million available. Contact Liz Epstein, Senior Manager, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts, 415-243-3102 or


California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)

WCB continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition (easement and fee title) from Propositions 40, 50, and 117.  The WCB’s Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodland programs continue, and are continuously open for proposal submission. 

More information can be found on our website.

Coastal Program in San Francisco Bay  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates a partnership program in the Bay, Delta and the estuary’s local watersheds. About $220,000 is available each year to obligate to projects that restore fish and wildlife habitat, provide essential information to decision makers advising them on habitat restoration, or performs habitat-related advocacy and outreach. The emphasis is on estuarine benefits and for “on-the-ground” projects. About 260 wide-ranging projects involving all kinds of partners have been supported since 1992. CFDA Number 15.630. Contact John Klochak, Coastal Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 9500 Thornton Ave. Newark, CA 94560. Phone: 510-792-0717 ext 223, FAX: 510-792-5828 Email:


Stay or go? Some towns are eyeing retreat from sea | Associated Press, June 2, 2012

Laguna Foundation opens new educational center | Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 23, 2012

$195 million bond seeks to improve SF’s parks | SFGate, May 16, 2012

Sales tax hike for parks, agriculture headed for Marin’s November ballot | Marin Independent Journal, May 15, 2012

Settlement reached in 2009 San Francisco Bay oil spill | San Jose Mercury News, May 8, 2012

These and other news stories can be found here.




June 7: Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

June 7: 2012 Hamilton/Bel Marin Keys Wetland Restoration Project annual public meeting

June 13-14: California Tiger Salamander Workshop

June 14-15: Introduction to Web Mapping Development using the ArcGIS JavaScript API

June 15-16: Wetland Hydrology

June 18-22: Wetland Delineation

June 19: LTMS 12-Year Review Meeting

June 19-21: CRAM Training

June 21: Meeting of the Alviso Ponds/Santa Clara Working Group

June 25-27: The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation

June 26: Bay Area Critical Linkages Project, South and East Bay Linkages

June 27: Bay Area Critical Linkages Project, North Bay Linkages



July 11 – September 11: SPAWN California Naturalist Training Course

July 15-18: North American Congress for Conservation Biology

July 26 – August 18:Professional Development Wetland Science Series–Summer 2012

July 26-28: Wetland Restoration Ecology


August and beyond

August 16: 2012 Western Pond Turtle Workshop at the Elkhorn Slough

August 20-31: Economic Tools for Conservation – 2012 International Course

September 1: Professional Development Wetland Science Series–Fall 2012

September 15: Advanced Wetland Delineation

October 11-13: California Invasive Plant Council Symposium (abstracts due June 15)

October 10-12: National Association of Environmental Education national conference

October 16-18: 7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference 2012

October 20-25: 6th National Conference & Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

November 14-17: CARCD Annual Conference 2012

These and other events and meetings can be found on our website




San Francisco Bay nominated as a Ramsar wetland of international significance (view PDF of submitted application).Ramsar current info sheet 8-28-11 v1-1.pdf

Abstracts due June 8 for 2012 Bay-Delta Science Conference

Registration is open for the North American Congress for Conservation Biology: July 15-18 in Oakland(PDF).

Open for Comment until June 23: Wetlands Restoration and Conservation Draft Requirements

Don Edwards SF Bay NWR- Draft CCP open for public comment until July 2

CARCD 67th Annual Conference Call for presentations–abstracts due June 15 for November conference

Revised North American Waterfowl Management Plan Signed at Ducks Unlimited National Conference

Guide on Use of Adaptive Management in Natural Resource Decision-Making The U.S. Department of the Interior Technical Guide

Developing and Implementing an Adaptive Conservation Strategy  

EPA Launches Video Project Asking Americans Why “Water Is Worth It”

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 6th National Conference & Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, October 20-25, Tampa

Open for Comment until June 23: Verified Carbon Standard releases Wetlands Restoration and Conservation Draft Requirements



Pacific Coast Joint Venture Coordinator, The Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV)| Deadline  June 22

Restoration Project Manager with the Solano Resource Conservation District  Deadline July 1


Open Until Filled

Executive Director, The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO)

Conservation Education Coordinator, Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District (RCD)

Greening Urban Watersheds Program Manager, The Watershed Project

Restoration Ecologist, National Audubon Society  

Conservation Science Program Manager, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

Natural Resources Crew Supervisor, Conservation Corps North Bay

These and other job opportunities available at jobs. If you have sent a job for posting, please be sure to let us know as soon as it is filled.

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Contact Info:

735B Center Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930


Coordinator – – Beth Huning     

Assistant Coordinator – Sandra Scoggin      
Science Coordinator – Christina Sloop         

Public Outreach Coordinator – Caroline Warner