2016 Sea Otter Grant Applications Due September 24

sea otterThe State Coastal Conservancy is now accepting applications for 2016 Sea Otter Recovery Grants. The grants will be funded with monies from the voluntary tax check-off box for sea otter recovery. Public agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for the grants (see application instructions for details). Eligible projects include research, science, protection projects or programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem, including, but not limited to, program activities to reduce sea otter mortality. (more…)

Examination Announcement: Deputy Executive Officer (Career Executive Assignment). Final Filing Date: August 25, 2015

The State Coastal Conservancy is recruiting for a Deputy Executive Officer (Career Executive Assignment) at this time. Please click on the link for the examination announcement.

Proposition 1 Proposal Solicitation

The Conservancy is offering competitive grants to fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects using Proposition 1 bond funds. The Proposal Solicitation is now available and applications are due to the Conservancy on September 30, 2015.

San Diego Bay Native Oyster Conceptual Restoration Plan

In May 2015 the Conservancy and its partners completed a conceptual plan to restore native oyster habitat, and create a living shoreline, in San Diego Bay. The Conservancy worked with the San Diego Unified Port District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, California State University Fullerton and the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association to complete the plan. The project partners are currently seeking funds to implement the project as planned, which will investigate approaches for increasing shoreline resilience while also restoring the functions of a native oyster bed.

For a copy of the Plan, click here.

Coastal Conservancy Awards 11 Climate Ready Project Grants

On June 25, 2015, the Coastal Conservancy awarded almost $2 million for 11 competitively selected projects to help California adapt to climate change. The funding came from the third grant round of the Climate Ready program, designed to help California’s coastal and San Francisco Bay Area communities prepare for rising seas, extreme storms, drought, and other effects of a changing climate. (more…)

Draft Wetland and Rice Carbon Protocol Now Available

A methodology for project proponents to financially benefit from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by accessing carbon markets through the conversion of land to wetlands and rice is now available in draft form. This methodology focuses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Estuary and the coast of California. The Delta Conservancy held an initial stakeholder meeting to receive input from interested parties and the presentation from this meeting is available below. In the coming months, the methodology will be submitted to the American Carbon Registry for consideration.  At this time, there will be further opportunities for public engagement as a part of the review and approval process.

For a copy of the presentation, click here.

For a copy of the draft Protocol, click here.

For answers to FAQs, click here.

From Border to Border: The California Coastal Trail

Check out this great video about the California Coastal Trail by KCET, featuring San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox and some fabulous footage of the California coast.  For more information, visit the KCET web site here.

Conservancy Meeting Dates 2015

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