February News from the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

  • by BPC Staff
  • on February 22, 2013


San Francisco Bay Joint Venture – BULLETIN

February 20



SF BAY/ESTUARY designated 35th US  

RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance 

What’s in it for you?

In honor of World Wetlands day – Feb 2, 2013 – The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands officially designated SF Bay/Estuary as their newest US site of international importance.  How does this benefit our partners?  While the recognition does not officially create any legally binding protections for the Bay, it does focus international pressure on agencies to step up conservation efforts and could well lead to additional funding for wetland restoration.  After 4 years of actively seeking the enrollment, our hope is that this elevated status will bring greater attention to the ongoing need for the many active restoration projects happening around the Bay!  It is also a great message to boost  your communication efforts about the value of the Bay and the work we all do.   Thank you to all the enrollees and a special shout out to Melissa Pitkin and Garrison Frost for helping craft the press release and get it out earlier this month!



   A project of Save the Bay

Have you seen what our friends at Save the Bay are up to?  They just launched a big campaign for the Bay.  What’s it all about?

It’s about bringing back a healthy and vibrant Bay for today, tomorrow, and generations to come.

It’s about protecting the wildlife and fish – many of which are threatened or endangered – that call it home.

It’s about bringing back a healthy Bay for us to play in, on, or around.

It’s about creating jobs.

And it’s about preserving our very way of life, as Bay Area residents.
Check it out on facebook and Like it!!  



Deadline 2013-03-01:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Standard Grant

U.S. Standard Grants Deadlines: March 1, 2013 and July 26, 2013. Important note: Anyone considering applying should coordinate their application with SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning 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 2013-03-01: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) 2013 Eelgrass Restoration and Monitoring, San Francisco Bay, Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (The Foundation), together with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the other Cosco Busan Trustee council (CBTC) agencies, including the United State Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Lands Commission and the National Park Service, are announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the restoration of eelgrass (Zostera marina) within the central portion of San Francisco Bay. This is a multi-year (up to 3 years) RFP that will look to increase eelgrass habitat in San Francisco Bay for Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) and other species of concern. Monitoring the success of the restoration and the benefits to herring and other fish and wildlife is also part of this proposal. More


Deadline 2013-03-14: Sea Grant California California Sea Grant College Program

Pre-proposals due March 14, 2013

California Sea Grant continues to focus on the following integrated themes (or Strategic Focus Areas):

Healthy Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Resilient Coastal Communities

Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply More


Deadline 2013-03-15: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Restoration Grant Program

The Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) was established in 1981 in response to rapidly declining populations of wild salmon and steelhead trout and deteriorating fish habitat in California. This competitive grant program has invested over $180 million to support projects from sediment reduction to watershed education throughout coastal California. Contributing partners include the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), federal and local governments; tribes, water districts, fisheries organizations, watershed restoration groups, the California Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps, and private landowners. Restoring anadromous salmon and steelhead habitat is a commitment this program and partners have embraced and with population of some salmon at critically low levels, there are many opportunities for restoration projects that will directly benefit the salmon and steelhead trout in California. More


Deadline 2013-03-15: Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund

With funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the WCS Climate Adaptation Fund will provide up to $2 million in competitive grants in 2013. More


Deadline 2013-03-29: California Department of Water Resources Integrated Regional Water Management Grants (IRWM)

Approximately $20,086,000 IRWMP funding is available through this round of solicitation. There is no competition with any other funding region. Bay Area IRWM Group will submit a proposal for the BA Region. As of 11/30/12, this process was underway and no other project can be added for consideration in this round. The next Prop 84 round would be over $70,000,000 if DWR makes the remainder of the BA Funding Region allocation available. More


Deadline 2013-03-29: California State Ballot Proposition Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Grant

Approximately $20,086,000 IRWMP funding is available through this round of solicitation. There is no competition with any other funding region. Bay Area IRWM Group will submit a proposal for the BA Region. As of 11/30/12, this process was underway and no other project can be added for consideration in this round. The next Prop 84 round would be over $70,000,000 if DWR makes the remainder of the BA Funding Region allocation available. More


Deadline 2013-04-30: Patagonia Environmental Grants

Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.

Application deadlines are on April 30 and August 31 annually. More


Deadline 2013-05-01: Fund for Wild Nature Fund for Wild Nature Grants
Provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity.
Submission deadlines on May 1 and December 1 each year. More



NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration – investing in habitat restoration. NOAA’s Restoration Center is currently soliciting applications for restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish production. The funding opportunity will focus on projects that will aid in recovering listed species and rebuilding sustainable fish populations or their prey. Roughly $20 million could be available over the next three years to maintain selected projects, dependent upon the level of funding made available by Congress. Typical awards will range from $500,000 to $5 million over three years, with one, two or three year proposals accepted. http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/coastalrestoration.html


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.


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. More information can be found on our website.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency San Francisco Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Fund 2013–Expect RFP in early March 2013

EPA expects to release a new competitive solicitation in early March 2013 for projects to protect and restore SF Bay and its watersheds. Since 2008 EPA has awarded over $27 million dollars through the SF Bay competitive grant program. The expected amount of funding to be made available under the new solicitation will be approximately $5 million pending authorization of the 2013 federal budget.


Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program in the San Francisco Bay Area invites ongoing requests for assistance for voluntary habitat restoration projects primarily, but not limited to, the North Bay and East Bay counties. Eligible applicants include individual landowners, for-profit and non-profit organizations, watershed groups, and local agencies. Projects must be on lands not under state or federal ownership. Emphasis is given to on-the-ground activities that improve habitat for Federal trust species, such as migratory birds and special status animal and plant species. Maximum funding request is $25,000 per project with a minimum 1:1 non-federal match (monetary and/or in-kind match). Partnerships with other funding agencies are encouraged. Contact Kate Symonds, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for SF Bay, (tel) 707-578-8515, (cell) 707-480-2675, or at kate_symonds@fws.gov . For more information click here

Rose Foundation California Wildlands Grassroots Fund The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund supports conservationists advocating for the permanent protection of intact wildlands on both public and private lands in order to help preserve California’s wilderness and native biological diversity. CWGF defines “wildlands” as natural habitats, privately or publicly owned, that are (or have the potential to be) permanently preserved through legislation or deed restrictions. Eligible organizations must be California-based 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or fiscally sponsored organizations with budgets under $100,000. There is an open deadline for these grants. Deadlines are:
August 15 for the fall review, November 15 for the winter review, February 15 for the spring review, May 15 for the summer review More


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay The program is available to projects in watersheds draining into the Golden Gate. The mission of the Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay is to conserve coastal ecosystems by engaging external partners and other Service programs in activities that restore, enhance and protect fish and wildlife habitats. Funding Available: about $180,000 annually. Typically we divide this among about 10 projects. There is no rigid application format or deadline to apply. However, our money is available on a Federal fiscal year basis (October 1 to September 30), so we would like to hear from you no later than January each year. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible so that we can explore potential partnership opportunities for your project. More



San Francisco Bay, Marin wetlands get international designation aimed at protection | Marin Independent Journal, February 2, 2013 

Creek project gets $1M fed grant | Sonomanews.com, January 31, 2013


Outdoor Cats: Single Greatest Source of Human-Caused Mortality for Birds and Mammals, Says New Study | American Bird Conservancy, January 29, 2013


Birders need to help back wetlands | SFGate, January 20, 2013


SPAWN acquires sixth property | Point Reyes Light, January 17, 2013 | Posted: 1/22/2013


Salamanders’ tunnel to Cotati breeding grounds a success | Santa Rosa Press Democrat, January 15, 2013

These and other news stories can be found here.



21st| Third Biennial Ocean Climate Summit Strength Through Collaboration Golden Gate Club The Presidio of San Francisco

21st |10:30-12:30  SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting

21st| 1-4:30 pm Bay Area Watershed Network (BAWN) annual meeting,

23rd | Habitat restoration opportunities

25th| Air Resources Board public workshops to solicit  

recommendations on 3-year investment plan for Cap and Trade  

auction proceeds
26th | Adapting to Sea Level Rise along the North Bay Shoreline  

28th | 2013 Laguna Docent Training 



March 4-5| Navigating Rough Seas: Public Issues and Conflict Management

March 13-16, 2013| 31st Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference
March 20, 2013| CNPS Plant Science Workshops: Rare Plant Survey Protocols – A Scientific Approach
March 25, 2013| Wetland Delineation
March 27, 2013| Climate Change Science for Effective Resource  

Management and  Public Policy in the Western United States



April 02, 2013 | The Inaugural National Adaptation Forum

April 25| California Tiger Salamander Workshop 2013  

April 25-26| Wetland Hydrology

May 3-4| Seasonal Wetlands/Vernal Pools 

June 20-22 | Wetland Restoration Ecology
June 20 | SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting

June 25| 2013 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage

July 29, 2013 | NCER – The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

August 9-10 | Wetland Plant Indicator Species

August 26, 2013 | 5th International Partners in Flight Conference: The Life Cycle of Migratory Birds, Conservation Across the Americas

August 26-28 | Fifth International Partners in Flight Conference

October 06, 2013 | Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

October 29-30, 2013 | State of the Estuary Conference



SF Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund – UPDATE on release of 2013 Request for Initial Proposals (RFIP)

2013 CRAM Training Sessions, March through October

SF BAY/ESTUARY NAMED WETLAND OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE: In concert with World Wetlands Day (February 2, 2013) – Confirming its vital role in the natural health of the hemisphere, San FranciscoBay/Estuary has been designated a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Convention on Wetlands, also known as the Ramsar Convention. – press release on JV letterhead for website.pdf | Posted: 2/01/2013Migratory Bird Joint Ventures featured in American Birding Association’s November 2012 Issue of Birding (PDF)


Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations for the 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, to be held October 6-11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin


The Riparian, Watersheds and Habitat Committee is seeking entries for the Western Division’s 2013 Riparian Challenge Award–submit by 3/1/13

2013 Riparian Challenge Call for Entries.pdf | 2013 Riparian Challenge Entry Format.pdf


Reducing Avian Collisions with Power Lines: State of the Art in 2012Experts report success in averting fish kill

The Dredged Material Management Office’s (DMMO’s) 2011 annual report of dredging activities is now available




Tennessee Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists, Pheasants Forever | Appl. Deadline: 2013-02-22

Become a Lake Merritt docent, Golden Gate Audubon Society | Appl. Deadline: 2013-02-26


Estuarine Monitoring Technician, The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve | Appl. Deadline: 2013-02-25


Geographic Information System Specialist, USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region | Appl. Deadline: 2013-02-28


Restoration Technician Internship, Spring/Summer 2013, PRBO Conservation Science | Appl. Deadline: 2013-03-08   



Executive Director,  High Desert Partnership

Executive Director, Committee for Green Foothills (CGF) |

Greening Urban Watersheds Program Manager, The Watershed Project

GIS/Environmental Analyst, Water Program, Downstream Strategies, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Conservation GIS Analyst, Anchorage AK, Audubon

SPRING SEMESTER and SUMMER oppportunities for a Marine Debris / Zero Waste Intern: Clean Water Action

Part-Time Watershed Outreach Intern, Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD)

Student for San Geronimo Golf Course (Marin County) Invasives Project, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network

Grant Writer, Aquarium of the Bay
Wildlife Technician, 6 positions available, term of April-August 2013, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Environmental Steward Internship, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership Coordinator – The Nature Conservancy

Communications Director – Save the Bay

Managing Director, WildAid

Development Director, WildAid

Climate Program Manager, WildAid



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Assistant Coordinator – Sandra Scoggin
Science Coordinator – Christina Sloop   

Public Outreach Coordinator – Caroline Warner