The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Conservation Delivery Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the State Coastal Conservancy’s 11th Floor meeting room at 1330 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 in downtown Oakland. Please rsvp if you plan to attend.
The agenda is below and includes a review of the annual SFBJV Fact Sheet and Funding Needs Table for which many of you provided information recently and update on the SFBJV Project Tracking System (Sandra Scoggin, SFBJV); an overview of the NFWF Business Plan process to date for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation San Francisco Bay Initiative to establish population objectives for Clapper Rails and working session during which additional input will be sought from stakeholders (Christina Sloop, SFBJV); introduction to the “California Aquatic Resources Status and Trends (Jeffrey Shu, California Department of Fish and Wildlife – see next paragraph for description); outcomes of a recent meeting of the SFBJV Science Task Group, put together to review the JV Science program and map a path forward for continued scientific efforts in light of decreased funding and loss of the SFBJV Science Coordinator position; a new project presentation, discussion and potential adoption of Miller Knox Regional Shoreline (Brad Olson, East Bay Regional Park District); and announcements and/or project updates from all participants.
California Aquatic Resources Status and Trends: A consortium of state programs and agencies is developing a new program to track trends in wetland losses and gains in California. The wetland “status and trends” program is modeled after the national program developed by US Fish and Wildlife Service and provides a mechanism for make cost effective estimates of wetland extent, distribution, and change over time. The technical design of the program was developed in coordination with the California Wetlands Monitoring Workgroup and funded by USEPA. The state is currently pursuing programmatic funding for implementation of the program. Once implemented, the status and trends program will not only fill a critical information gap for wetland mangers, but also provide a platform for continuous mapping and assessment of other natural resources.