San Francisco Bay Joint Venture’s June Bulletin

  • by BPC Staff
  • on June 26, 2013






June 26 2013





In celebration of the “Year of the Bay”, Bay Nature Institute is publishing “Baylands Reborn: Restoration and Renewal on San Francisco Bay,” a special editorial

supplement devoted to the 30-year history of wetlands restoration around the Bay.  


 Baylands Reborn will be bound into the July-September 2013 issue of Bay Nature magazine, and will also be made available as a standalone publication to organizations involved in protecting and restoring local wetlands. Written by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, the special 16-page insert tracks the development of restoration science and the rise of a new generation of wetlands warriors ready to take on the challenge posed by climate change and sea level rise. To get free copies of “Baylands Reborn” for distribution, or to purchase copies of the July-September issue of Bay Nature, please contact  Beth Slatkin or call (510) 528-8550 x207.     




The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is seeking nominations of individuals for two prestigious Environmental awards to be presented at the eleventh biennial State of the Estuary Conference, October 29-30 in Downtown Oakland.

The Jean Auer Environmental Award is given in memory of Jean Auer, a beloved Bay Area environmentalist whose groundbreaking efforts were directed particularly at improving water management in California.

Awards for Outstanding Environmental projects are given to projects that significantly benefit the Estuary, show measurable results, were not externally mandated and represent diverse locations, environmental categories, and project sponsors. 

Nominations for all awards are due August 1, 5:00 pm.




Deadline 2013-07-09: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency San Francisco Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Fund 2013      INITIAL PROPOSALS DUE JULY 9, 2013. 

EPA is pleased to announce the release of the FY13 competitive grant announcement for projects that protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watersheds. 

Responding to the RFIP will be a 2-step process to simplify the application procedures and improve proposal quality.
The RFIP may require:
–Four page Initial Proposals due within 40 days of the release of the solicitation and full proposals within 30 days of EPA notice.
–Emphasis on implementation projects to restore impaired water quality and improve aquatic habitat.
–Planning projects to demonstrate a high likelihood for implementation and environmental results to be competitive. More


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 announce 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. 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.


Deadline 2013-08-28 

The California State Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of funding for projects through its Climate Ready program. The grants are intended to encourage local governments and non-governmental organizations to act now to prepare for a changing climate by advancing planning and implementation of on-the-ground actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the impacts of climate change on California’s coastal communities and natural resources.  Grants are expected to be awarded in early 2014. More


Deadline 2013-10-31: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NAWCA Small Grants Program
The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. All potential applicants should contact SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning at or 415-259-0334 well in advance for input on ways to make their application competitive on a national level. More


Deadline 2013-11-01:   

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Webless Migratory Game Bird Program

USFWS has put out a Request for Proposals for the Webless Migratory Game Bird Program (WMGBP) for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014). The primary purpose of the WMGBP is to support activities that will improve management of the 16 species of migratory shore and upland game birds (MSUGBs, Table 1) in North America.  More  


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 




California least terns thrive in Bay Area; San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2013


$5 million grant for bay restoration; Press Democrat, June 13, 2013


Oakland celebrates Lake Merritt;  San Francisco Chronicle, June 7, 2013








July 11-14 –  Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse surveys at San Pablo Bay 

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

July 24 – Ecology of Edible and Medicinal Natives 

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 2-5 – 22nd Annual Cal-Invasive Plant Symposium

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 

November 3-7 – 22nd Biennial Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference  







Trail Volunteer Management Internship, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Park Stewardship Program

Senior Program Manager,  Latin America, National Audubon Society  

Wildlife Ecologist, USDA Forest Service 

Research Station Manager, Santa Rosa Island Research Station 

Field Internship, Big Sur/Big Creek Reserve 

Ecologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Working Lands Program Manager, Audubon California 

Assistant for compilation of waterbird species data for status assessment,  US Fish and Wildlife Service
Regulatory Research Analyst, Sustainable Conservation

Executive Director,  Contra Costa Resource Conservation District




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