San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin, May 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on May 16, 2013

 San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin




May 15 2013




“Wetland of International Importance”  



On May 10 over 100 Joint Venture partners including land enrolling organizations, elected officials, and others involved in the protection of the Bay and its surrounding wetlands, gathered at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to celebrate its recent status as a  “Wetland of International Importance” by the  Ramsar Convention. 


Congressman Jared Huffman, Mike Sutton from National Audubon Society and Rowan Gould of the US Fish and Wildlife Service offered messages of praise and acknowledgment for the hard work that led to the designation and for the ongoing and collective efforts to take care of this cherished resource, now officially recognized for its biological values globally.  You can read more about it on the front page of the Saturday Marin Independent Journal and check out more photos, thanks to Sarah Thompson here



The nomination requirements for a Ramsar site are quite rigorous. The information documenting the SF Bay/Estuary Ramsar site is probably the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of physical and biological data since the Baylands Habitat Goals Project. The information can be found here on the SF Bay JV web site, available for your reference. Use it freely in writing grants to support your restoration and science work, as it’s all documented in the bibliography.





Deadline 2013-05-20:

Sea Grant California College Program

For 2013, the Delta Science Fellows Program is encouraging the submission of research proposals that address one or more of the priority research topics associated with the five main policy areas outlined in the Delta Plan. more


Deadline 2013-06-01:

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Acres for America. Acres for America is a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Acres for America program was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Walmart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through these acquisitions. Preproposals are accepted annually on June 1. More


Deadline 2013-06-03:  

Sea Grant California, Collaborative Fisheries Research West Collaborative Fisheries Research

To be included in the next round of reviews, project teams must submit their proposals by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on June 3, 2013. Interested parties must contact the Executive Director, Peter Nelson, to discuss their plans prior to submitting a proposal and are strongly encouraged to do so no later than May 17, 2013. More 


Deadline 2013-06-11:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wetland Program Development Grants
This competitive grant program is for funding projects that build wetland protection programs for States, Tribes and Territories. More


Deadline 2013-06-28:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program NOTE: All applications will need to be submitted by a state agency partner, and potential applicants should also contact the SFBJV to let them know of their intent and for JV assistance. The announcement of availability and request for applications for the FY 2014 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is posted on (CFDA 15.614). 

Partial Timeline:

*Now-May 2013 – Work with Coastal Program Local Managers, and with Bart Prose and Samantha Marcum, to design project and develop your application

*May 18 – Optional (but encouraged) Pre-applications “due” for early review by FWS Regional Office (RO) – email to Bart and Samantha
*June 8 – RO will return pre-applications with comments and suggestions no later than this date
*June 26 – Begin to submit applications online
*June 28 – Official applications due to by 8:59 PST



Deadline 2013-07-15:

California Ocean Protection Council Local Coastal Program Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Grant

The Ocean Protection Council, California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy has announced the availability of grants to encourage local governments and other entities responsible for planning under the California Coastal Act to develop and adopt updated plans that conserve and protect coastal resources from future impacts from sea-level rise and related climate change impacts such as extreme weather events.

Note: this is only applicable to Coastal Act planning jurisdictions, so outside the golden gate. SCC will be releasing a more general climate change grant opportunity in a few weeks. More


Deadline 2013-07-19:

State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), in cooperation with Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Priority Conservation Area Grant Program

The State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), in cooperation with Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), has released a call for proposals focused on the Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. The call for proposals is available at  Letters of Interest will be due from eligible applicants July 19, 2013. MTC has made $5 million of federal funds available which will be combined  with additional funding provided by SCC.

Two public workshops will be held to provide prospective applicants with an overview of the Plan Bay Area PCA Grant Program and answer questions. May 20, 2013, 1pm to 3 pm Mountain View Community Center 201 South Rengstorff Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040. May 23, 2013, 1 pm to 3 pm Oakland State Building, Room 11 1515 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612 More




U.S. Environmental Protection Agency San Francisco Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Fund 2013–Expect RFP pending budget authorization

EPA expects to release a new competitive solicitation for projects sometime in May 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. 


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. for inquiries contact  (916) 445-8448.


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 . For more information  click here 


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay  The program’s focus is on the San Mateo and Marin Counties’ outer Coast and is also available to projects in watersheds draining into San Francisco Bay. 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 and habitat forming processes. Funding Available: about $100,000 to $200,000 annually. 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), and we encourage you to contact us as early as possible so that we can explore potential partnership opportunities for your project. We would like to hear from you starting in January each year, cooperative agreements for each year are generally finalized by June.   More 











May 17: Healthy Lands, Healthy Economies: Demonstrating the Economic Value of Natural Areas and Working Landscapes 

May 18Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 

May 20Watershed Assessments Workshop 

May 20 – Public workshop – Plan Bay Area PCA Grant programOakland
May 21
–  NRCS Biology Webinar, Restoration and Management of Temporary Wetlands
May 21 –  Riparian & Wetland Plant Identification  

May 22Talking About Ecology and Science in Public 

May 23 – Public workshop – Plan Bay Area PCA Grant program  

May 29California Tiger Salamander Workshop   

May 30-31Doing Well and Doing Good: A Crash Course in Social Enterprise  


June 4 – Hamilton and Sonoma Baylands Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip 

June 5Riparian Ecology and Restoration 

June 8 –  Wavecrest Clean Up Day 

June 14-15 – Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part 1 (GIS) 

June 20Wetland Restoration Ecology 

June 20 -| SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

June 252013 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage  


July 16South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project’s Science Symposium 2013 

July 29NCER – The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration  

August 5 –Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration 

August 9Wetland Plant Indicator Species 

August 15SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

August 25-28: 5th International Partners in Flight Conference: The Life Cycle of Migratory Birds, Conservation Across the Americas

August 265th International Partners in Flight Conference: The Life Cycle of Migratory Birds, Conservation Across the Americas 

October 6Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration 

October 17SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

October 292013 State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 20/20 Vision: Past Reflections, Future Directions 





Office Manager, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation | Deadline: 05-13

Agricultural Engineer/Hydrologist/Scientist, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County | Deadline: 05-28 

Avian Ecologist, PRBO Conservation Science | Deadline: 06-01   



Regulatory Research Analyst, Sustainable Conservation
Associate to Principal-Level Project Manager, and Personal / Professional Admin Support Role Sound Watershed

Biodiversity Coordinator, The Presidio Trust

Development Intern, Turtle Island Restoration Network  

Development Director, Coastside Land Trust

Executive Director,  Contra Costa Resource Conservation District

Development Coordinator, Klamath Bird Observatory

Executive Administrator, Klamath Bird Observatory

Sonoma Field Programs Director, Conservation Corps N Bay

Web Developer, Calflora, John Muir Institute of the Environment
Executive Director, High Desert Partnership

Executive Director, Committee for Green Foothills
GIS/Environmental Analyst, Water Program, Downstream Strategies, John Muir Center for the Environment
Conservation GIS Analyst, Anchorage AK, Audubon





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Christina Sloop, Science Coordinator| Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator