News From the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

  • News
  • by BPC Staff
  • on November 28, 2012



SAVE the BAY needs volunteers!

Help Save the Bay reach their goal of planting 30,000 native seedlings this winter.  Participate in one of their planting events around the Bay throughout the month of December.  You know it’s gonna feel good!  Find out more – Save the Bay

Great news! The San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project received the Organization of the Year award from the California Invasive Plant Council in October!  The project is working hard to eradicate the final ~40 net acres of hybrid Spartina, which has been reduced from over 800 net acres due to effective and careful    treatment since 2005.  Partners bay-wide are continuing to work on both eradication and substantial restoration enhancements for the endangered California Clapper Rail, including outplanting 70,000 seedlings this winter and piloting innovative approaches to improve nesting and high tide refugia habitat.  All of this takes the hard work of dozens of committed grantees, landowners, contractors, native plant nurseries, and agencies in SF Bay.  This award comes at a critical juncture in the project, and serves as a reminder of how far we have come, and how important it is to finish the eradication.  Congratulations to all partners on this great award!

The Cullinan Ranch restoration project launches their new and improved website! 

Check it out –


Deadline: November 29, 2012. The U.S. Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act established a competitive grants program to support projects that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States, Canada, Latin America or the Caribbean. Many grants of up to US $250,000 are awarded every year.


Deadline January 4, 2013. The Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee is pleased to announce that completed funding applications are now being accepted for consideration for the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund. All application materials and guidelines are attached. Proposals must be received by Friday, January 4, 2013.  The application materials and guidelines are also located on our website.  If you have any questions regarding the grant process, please feel free to contact me at or 925-674-7831.  


Deadline January 15, 2013. Contra Costa County Community Watershed Stewardship Grant Program is partnering with the Watershed Project to administer the Community Watershed Stewardship Grant Program, a one-year grant program benefiting unincorporated Contra Costa County watershed groups and organizations. 2013 Grant Cycle. More information on 2013 Grant Availability.


Urban Streams Restoration Program Prepares for Next Round of Grants In the next few months, the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) plans to release a draft Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for approximately $9 million in grant funding from remaining Propositions 84 and 13 allocations. To receive notification of the release click here or visit the USRP website.


Urban Greening Planning and Project Grants  Concept proposals for these Proposition 84-funded grants and planning grant applications will most likely be due in February 2013.  JV partners with habitat protection and restoration projects might consider trying to incorporate their projects into applications that are being prepared for this funding source, as their projects will meet some of the criteria. Check with planners and others who might be applying locally.


Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission Grants The grant funding cycle customarily opens in the months of May, June and July. On a regular basis the WCC posts funding requests (RFP’s). Funding proposals submitted must advance the purposes listed in Section 13103 of the California Fish and Game Code.



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: 



Woolsey takes new approach to restrict coastal drilling | THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, November 12, 2012 

Is giant reed a ‘miracle plant’ or the next kudzu? | Associated Press, November 17, 2012

Shorebirds watched near Novato as part of annual count | Marin Independent Journal, November 16, 2012

Napa River, Sears Point environmental work gets EPA funding | Times-Herald, October 20, 2012

EPA Awards $6.5 Million for Ten Projects to Restore San Francisco Bay Water Quality and Habitats, EPA Press Release, October 17, 2012 


These and other news stories can be found here.


November 29:  Climate Smart Actions for Natural Resource Managers 


December 01: SER 2013 Call for Proposals Symposia, Workshops & Training Courses–Deadline Dec. 1 

December 4: Webinar, EBM Tools Demonstration: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Assessments of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation 

December 5: Open Space Authority Community Forum: A Conservation Vision 

December 08: Second Saturday of the Month Open House 

December 11: Climate Adaptation Help Panel (webinar) 

December 19: Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee



January 15:  Fish Passage Design and Engineering Field School 

January 16-18: Vegetation Mapping 

January 22: Water Words that Work 

January 27:  Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl  

January 28: IRWMP Public Workshop #2: Projects, measuring, progress and finance



April 2-4: The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum
July 29 – August 2: CER – The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration


DFG Authorizes Voluntary Local Program in Alameda County 

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has approved a Voluntary Local Program (VLP) in Alameda County, the first VLP in California. The purpose of a VLP is to encourage farmers and ranchers engaged in agricultural activities to establish locally designed programs to voluntarily enhance and maintain habitat for endangered and threatened species.


The Wildlife Society (TWS) educational resource: The Wildlife Society Live Learning Center. This online portal connects you to recorded sessions from The Wildlife Society Annual Conferences.


Best Practices for State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) report
(432 mb PDF)
The goal of the SWAP Best Practices Working Group was to raise the bar for SWAPs by identifying best practices based on innovations and lessons learned from the years since SWAPs were developed. The best practices may be used voluntarily by state fish and wildlife agencies who aspire to improve conservation work and create greater consistency across SWAPs, thereby making them more relevant to partners and large landscape-level efforts.  


NEW WEBSITE from the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project- climate change and restoration planning for Olympia oysters – SF Bay, Elkhorn Slough 


Marin Municipal Water District – EIR scoping period for Wildlife Protection and Habitat Improvement plan lasts Nov 1- Dec 3


The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum Call for Proposals Deadline Extended to 11/30


Deputy Executive Officer, Delta Science, Delta Stewardship Council

 | Appl. Deadline: 2012-11-28

Executive Officer, San Diego River Conservancy | Appl. Deadline: 2012-11-30 

Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

 Appl. Deadline: 2012-12-03

Executive Officer, Alameda County Resource Conservation District | Appl. Deadline: 2012-12-05

Science Coordinator, Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture 

| Appl. Deadline: 2012-12-07

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program, The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation | Appl. Deadline: 2013-01-10

Science and Environmental Educator, Murie Science and Learning Center, Denali National Park| Appl. Deadline: 2013-01-11



Director of Development, California – Audubon  

San Francisco Community Program Manager, Park Stewardship Program – Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy   

Restoration Ecologist – River Partners  

Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Cross Timbers Conservation Delivery Specialist – American Bird Conservancy  

WTF Regional Wildlife Biologist – National Wild Turkey Foundation   

Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership Coordinator – The Nature Conservancy   

Communications Director – Save the Bay 

Vice President/Executive Director – Audubon New York 



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