SFBJV Bulletin for July 18, 2018

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July 18, 2018 
before … after                                                   Native S. foliosa at restored marsh

Got Native Spartina?  YES

As a partner of the SF Bay Joint Venture you are likely familiar with Invasive Spartina (cordgrass) and know it has spread throughout our region, pushing into and out-competing it’s native counterpart, Pacific cordgrass.  There are multiple ramifications when any non-native species establishes where it doesn’t belong.   Where Invasive Spartina occurs, these include reduced biodiversity in our native marshes, changes to the nature of mudflats and negative impacts to foraging shorebirds.


Since 2005, the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project (ISP) has been working to turn this situation around and has made some serious headway at reducing the infestation – from a high of 805 net acres bay-wide in 2005, down to 41 net acres as of 2017 monitoring!  The work required is immense and relies on thoughtful coordination between more than 150 landowning partners and resource agencies, annual monitoring and treatment of more than 70,000 acres of tidal wetlands and mudflats, detailed planning and good old fashioned hard work out in the field.  

For all you CA Ridgway Rail lovers, rest assured the project is dedicated to limiting impacts to rails also by planning the timing and methods of all activities at their 150+ sites.  Data collected to date shows rail increases baywide from 2015-2017, including those located at multiple large-scale restoration projects such as the Island Ponds, Sonoma Baylands, and Tubbs Island.


2018 summer treatment is underway, with crews accessing sites by foot, boat, kayak, and truck to map and treat during limited tide windows.  Your ongoing coordination is critical to achieving eradication and protecting the substantial investment in native tidal marsh restoration in SF Bay!   As sites near eradication, it’s more important than ever to inform the ISP if you see any sightings of new cordgrass at developing restoration sites or elsewhere.   Please contact Project Manager Marilyn Latta if you have any questions about the project or to report Spartina observations.  You will find more details about this successful collaborative project and the partners involved on our website.

We thought you might want to be reminded about these things!
  • Support the birds we all love and wetland restoration by purchasing a Duck Stamp.  The new Duck Stamp, valid from July 2018 through June 2019 costs $25, and contains an image by Bob Hautman of a pair of Mallards about to land in water.  You can get the stamps at many locations, including a number of National Wildlife Refuges, most large Post Offices, and through Amplex Corporation.
  • The Fourth Annual Coastal Resilience Workshop on July 18 and 19 will connect coastal planners, practitioners, funders, and decision-makers to share lessons learned and strategies for building coastal resilience on the local to national levels.

Grants with Deadlines   
By July 31
This Recovery Implementation funding opportunity is intended for projects that will contribute to the recovery of FWS-managed endangered and threatened species in the United States.  
By August 7
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will make investments to advance identified priorities for restoring and strengthening natural systems so they can protect coastal communities from the impacts of storms and floods and enable them to recover more quickly, while also enhancing habitats for important fish & wildlife populations. 
By August 17
The Fund is currently accepting applications related to the following watersheds: Sacramento River, San Joaquin River, Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Bay, Southern California Bight Coastal Watersheds, and Monterey Bay.  Letters of inquiry due August 17, for an Oct 12 deadline to those invited.  
By August 31
The Conservancy will fund projects within or benefiting the Delta and Suisun Marshes with up to 12.4 million in the 2018-19 cycle.   
By September 7  
Coastal Conservancy grants funded by the California Sea Otter Fund can be used for a variety of activities related to sea otter recovery and improving the nearshore ecosystem. 
By September 30
The Honda Marine Science Foundation is an initiative to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience by supporting efforts that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations in Wa, Or, CA and Hawaii. 
Ongoing Grants
Many more grants with deadlines later in the year, as well as others that have no deadlines, are ongoing, or have not yet been updated with 2018 information may be   found on our comprehensive funding page.  If you have a grant we should know about please contact Caroline Warner.

JOBS with deadlines – these change frequently, to stay current check our jobs page

and if you have one to post, please send that information to Caroline Warner


July 17
California State Parks
August 3
Conservation Delivery Specialist
American Bird Conservancy and the Rio Grande Joint Venture
August 7
Restoration and Education Intern Volunteer, 2018-19
Point Blue Conservation Science

JOBS posted within the last month.  Those without deadlines delete from our server 2 months after listing.  Visit our jobs page to see all the work opportunities we know about! 

Alameda County Resource Conservation District 


The Watershed Project
Greenbelt Alliance  


California Invasive Plant Council

In the News  

  Beth Huning – Coordinator
Sandra Scoggin  – Conservation Program Coordinator
Caroline Warner – Public Outreach Coordinator

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