RFQ: *Updated deadline* Consultant Services for Environmental Documentation And Permitting Of Forest Resilience Implementation Projects

*** DEADLINE UPDATED TO JUNE 20***

The State Coastal Conservancy is hiring a technical assistance contractor who specializes in environmental documentation, permitting, and project development for wildfire resiliency activities in California. The contractor will develop environmental documentation and permitting under the guidance of Conservancy staff for project partners who are looking to implement wildfire resilience projects in the Conservancy’s jurisdiction.

The deadline for responses is June 13, 2022 June 20, 2022.

The Conservancy’s Wildfire Resilience Program offers funding to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to implement projects that improve ecological health of natural lands and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. The Conservancy has identified a need for technical assistance to help local partners with the environmental documentation required to implement projects. This Request for Qualifications is intended to identify and contract with a consultant who can perform these services for project proponents under the Conservancy’s guidance.

The objective of all implementation projects is wildfire resiliency. Specific projects may include shaded fuel breaks, forest health measures, prescribed and cultural burns, mechanical and manual treatments, forest thinning, native plant restoration to improve wildfire resilience, prescribed herbivory (including infrastructure improvements) and other actions designed to improve the overall resiliency to wildfire. The Conservancy seeks to bring a consultant with broad environmental documentation and permitting experience under contract to help prepare shovel ready projects for project partners.

More information can be found in the full Request for Qualifications here.

Please email questions and submittals to: wildfire.resilience@scc.ca.gov

Press Release: Coastal Conservancy Authorized $14.6m for Coastal Access, Restoration, and Climate Resilience

3/24/2022 – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy approved $14.6 million in grants for restoration, protection, public access, and climate resilience along the California coast and San Francisco Bay.

Included in the approvals were $3,420,000 to Save the Redwoods League to acquire conservation easements on 3,862-acres of the Weger Ranch property within the Big River watershed in Mendocino County, and over $7 million to several organizations, including $5,281,709 to the Yurok Tribe, to construct initial public access improvements and visitor amenities for the Redwood National and State Park Visitor Center and Restoration Project.

The full list of projects approved can be found below:

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

  1. A grant of up to $320,000 to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation to enhance habitat, protect and increase endangered plant species populations, and engage the local community in the restoration and conservation of five vernal pool properties on the Santa Rosa Plain, Sonoma County.
  2. A grant of up to $836,400 to Acterra for Climate Resilient Communities to implement the pilot phase of the East Palo Alto Rain Garden Project in the city of East Palo Alto, San Mateo County.
  3. A grant of up to $281,087 to California Trout, Inc. to augment the Conservancy’s grant of $196,123, authorized on June 18, 2020 for studies and designs, to prepare revised designs of the Sulphur Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project, Napa County to include bridge replacement.

NORTH COAST

  1. A grant of up to $3,420,000 to Save the Redwoods League to acquire conservation easements on 3,862-acres of the Weger Ranch property within the Big River watershed in Mendocino County, for the purposes of natural resource and water quality protection, sustainable forest management and open space preservation.
  2. Authorization to disburse funds received by the Conservancy from the Ocean Protection Council, the Wildlife Conservation Board California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program, and Save the Redwoods League to restore approximately 11.5 acres of riparian habitat on lower Prairie Creek as part of the Redwood National and State Park Visitor Center and Restoration Projectat the former Orick Mill A site in Humboldt County, as follows: up to $5,281,709 to the Yurok Tribe and up to $1,320,427 to Caltrout, Inc.; and authorization to disburse up to $794,000 in funds received by the Conservancy from the Wildlife Conservation Board Public Access Program to Save the Redwoods League to construct initial public access improvements and visitor amenities for the Redwood National and State Park Visitor Center and Restoration Project.

CENTRAL COAST

  1. A grant of up to $500,000 to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to acquire 644-acres of the Johnston Ranch property for natural resource protection and restoration, open space, compatible agricultural preservation, and public access, located adjacent to the City of Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County.
  2. A grant of up to $530,000 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to construct an all-access trail and improvements to associated visitor-serving amenities at Antonelli Pond in Santa Cruz County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  3. A grant of up to $2,934,892 to San Mateo County to construct public access improvements and visitor-serving amenities at Tunitas Creek Beach in San Mateo County, of which $2,174,892 will derive from remaining unexpended funds from a Conservancy grant authorized on March 14, 2019 for the acquisition and planning of the project, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

SOUTH COAST

  1. Authorization to (1) disburse up to $500,000 to hire contractors to develop and implement participation from tribal communities, community groups, and residents of the greater Los Angeles region to assist in planning the Ballona Wetlands Restoration project; and (2) disburse up to $53,000 to the Friends of Ballona Wetlands to restore disturbed riparian habitat at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Los Angeles County.

 

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #40 – March 4, 2022, 10am – 12pm

AGENDA
March 4, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING

ZOOM Meeting Information:

For live, online viewing of meeting, go to this address:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85177518646?pwd=TGo5N3J4MjBlbDBrN1ZIdCtrNXNVUT09 
Meeting ID: 851 7751 8646
Passcode: 090570

To participate remotely by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 851 7751 8646
Passcode: 090570

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments
  • After receiving Advisory Committee guidance, Project Management Team makes consensus-based decisions on National Park Service representative nomination for the Advisory Committee
  • Attendees informed of Hudeman Slough Boat Launch improvements and water access planning
  • After receiving Advisory Committee guidance, Project Management Team makes consensus-based decisions on the designation of Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline

Time       Agenda Item

10:00       Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules

10:10        Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and                                                            Advisory Committee Members

10:50       Nomination – National Park Service Advisory Committee Representative

    • Introduction of National Park Service nominee
    • Discussion with Advisory Committee
    • Public comments
    • Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team
    • Project Management Team discussion and decision on nominee

11:00       Hudeman Slough Public Fishing Access and Boat Launching Facility Project Planning Update

11:20       Trailhead Designation Consideration: Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline (Eckley Pier)

    • Presentation and Site Description review
    • Discussion with Advisory Committee
    • Public comments
    • Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team on trailhead designation
    • Project Management Team discussion and decision on conditional designation

11:50        Public Comments

12:00       Adjourn

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

RFP for Wildfire Resilience Projects Announced

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The Coastal Conservancy is pleased to announce its Wildfire Resilience Program Request for Proposals.  The Wildfire Resilience Program supports local partners to develop and implement projects that improve ecological health of natural lands and reduce the risk of catastrophic fire.

The program will fund grants for:

  • on-the-ground activities to restore the health and increase resilience of California forests, grasslands, and natural lands to wildfire; and
  • planning and capacity building to increase wildfire resilience in California for projects from Marin County south to Ventura County.

The Conservancy’s Wildfire Resilience Program hosted a webinar on December 16, 2021 to provide an overview of this funding proposal and answer questions. The recorded webinar is here and posted on the Wildfire Resilience Program page.

We also encourage prospective applicants to request a pre-application consultation with Conservancy staff. Requests for pre-application consultations and other application questions can be directed to wildfire.resilience@scc.ca.gov.

Pre-proposals can be submitted via email to wildfire.resilience@scc.ca.gov.  The December 2021 grant round has closed, but pre-proposals  are being accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants may be invited to submit a full proposal or asked to provide further information on their project.

Wildfire Program MapThere are no maximum or minimum grant amounts for this funding. Conservancy funding from this program comes from three separate sources with different priorities and geographies. The Conservancy has a total of $10 million for wildfire resilience implementation projects, $5 million of which is for the nine-county SF Bay Area.  In addition, the Conservancy has about $7 million from the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFCP) to support capacity building projects from Marin County south to Ventura County, including the East Bay and Salinas Valley.

The full RFP is here

The Pre-Application can be downloaded here

FAQs can be found here

Press Release: Coastal Conservancy Board Approves $12.6 million for Coastal Restoration, Protection and Public Access 

12/2/2021 – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy approved over $12.6 million in grants for coastal restoration, protection and public access.

Included in the approvals were over $10 million to the City of Fullerton to acquire a 13.7-acre property in the West Coyote Hills area of north Orange County for open space, habitat protection, watershed management, and public access, $120,000 to Mycelium Youth Network for up to four priority climate adaptation projects to be implemented at Metwest High School in Oakland, and $52,000 of voluntary tax check-off funding to Sea Otter Savvy to implement a project to aid in recovery of the southern sea otter.

The full list of project approved can be found below:

NORTH COAST

  1. A grant of up to $242,000 to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to complete the final phase of the Hawk Hill Access Improvements Project within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Hawk Hill, Marin County.
  2. A grant of up to $1,000,000 to the Marin Resource Conservation District to plan and implement carbon farming projects that improve soil productivity, water sustainability and greenhouse gas sequestration for agriculture and watershed resiliency on ranches in western Marin County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  3. A grant of up to $300,000 to the Yurok Tribe to enhance salmonid habitat in Hunter and McGarvey Creeks, tributaries to the lower Klamath River in Del Norte County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

SF BAY

  1. A grant of up to $120,000 to Mycelium Youth Network to identify and plan up to four priority climate adaptation projects to be implemented at Metwest High School.

CENTRAL COAST

  1. A grant of up to $52,000 to Sea Otter Savvy to implement a project to aid in recovery of the southern sea otter, consisting of conducting an educational outreach and community engagement program on responsible viewing of wild sea otters to reduce sea otter disturbance in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo counties.
  2. A grant of up to $60,000 to augment an existing Conservancy authorization of $400,230 for consultant services to facilitate development of a contemporary Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program, in Santa Barbara County.
  3. A grant of up to $300,000 to the County of San Luis Obispo to renovate the Veteran’s Hall and construct adjacent access facilities in the town of Cayucos.

 SOUTH COAST

  1. A grant of up to $66,000 to Nature Collective to remove invasive plant species on 14.5 acres of coastal wetlands at the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve in San Diego County.
  2. A grant of up to $379,350 to the County of Ventura to conduct planning and to develop design criteria, preliminary design plans and alternatives refinement for improvements to the Robles Diversion and Fish Passage Facility in unincorporated Ventura County.
  3. A grant of up to $10,134,450 to the City of Fullerton to acquire a 13.7-acre property in the West Coyote Hills area of north Orange County for open space, habitat protection, watershed management, and public access.

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #39 – December 10, 2021

Meeting summary can be found here.

 

AGENDA
December 10, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING

ZOOM Meeting Information:
For live, online viewing of meeting, go to this address:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96517077363?pwd=N1NVR0NUQklvSUJEUXErSElVNmdPdz09
Passcode: 869321

To participate remotely by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 965 1707 7363
Passcode: 869321

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments
  • Attendees informed of Petaluma River water access and parks projects
  • Attendees discuss reducing barriers to accessing the Water Trail
  • After receiving Advisory Committee guidance, Project Management Team makes consensus-based decisions on amendments to the Water Trail Implementation Charter

Time       Agenda Item
10:00      Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules
10:10       Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and                                                            Advisory Committee Members, 2022 Meeting Dates
10:50       McNear Peninsula / Petaluma River Access Planning Update
11:10        Reducing Barriers to Access Planning
11:35        Proposed amendments to the Water Trail Implementation Charter – Staff Memo

11:50        Public Comments
12:00       Adjourn

Project Management Team discussion and decision on amendments

 

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

Amy Hutzel Appointed New Executive Officer of the State Coastal Conservancy

The State Coastal Conservancy is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Officer, Amy Hutzel.

Amy Hutzel

Amy Hutzel

Ms. Hutzel previously served as the Conservancy’s Deputy Executive Officer and has been with the agency for over twenty years, during which she has been instrumental in many key projects including the restoration of thousands of acres of former salt ponds in the San Francisco Bay, the creation of the Conservancy’s flagship Explore the Coast and Explore the Coast Overnight grant programs to expand coastal access, and establishing the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. She also led the development and implementation of many of the Conservancy’s equity-focused initiatives: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Guidelines, the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan, the Beach Wheelchair Grant Program, and the updated Coastal Access Project Standards.

“The State Coastal Conservancy has had a remarkable impact on the California coast in the last 4 decades.” said Ms. Hutzel, “I am honored to take on this role at a time when our work is so essential. Together with the incredible Conservancy staff, I will work to accelerate projects that work with nature to adapt to climate change impacts and increase equitable access to the coast for all Californians.”

“The Coastal Conservancy plays a vital role in achieving the State’s goals for biodiversity, climate resilience, and equitable access to California’s natural wonders. Amy has proven herself as an exceptional leader at the Coastal Conservancy already and I could not be more excited for her to take the reins at this key agency.” said California’s Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot

Each year, the State Coastal Conservancy issues tens of millions of dollars in grants to non-profit organizations, public agencies, and tribes for projects that restore and protect the California coast, increase public access to it, and increase communities’ resilience to climate change. In addition to its annual appropriations from Natural Resource Bonds, on September 23, 2021, Governor Newsom signed a budget bill that includes a total of $500 million for coastal resilience to be appropriated to the Conservancy in Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24. The Executive Officer and staff of the Conservancy also manage the work of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, which allocates approximately $25 million each year for restoration projects on the San Francisco Bay shoreline.

“We’re thrilled for Amy to serve as the Executive Officer at the Conservancy,” said Doug Bosco, Chair of the State Coastal Conservancy’s Board, “The Board and I know Amy as a dedicated and collaborative leader with an exceptional track record of delivering complex projects. She will bring her energy and enthusiasm to this role, and a clear vision for what this agency can achieve.”

Ms. Hutzel has been with the State Coastal Conservancy for over 20 years, serving as Deputy Executive Officer, Bay Area Program Manager, and Project Manager. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she worked at Save The Bay and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

As Executive Officer, she will work closely with the Boards of the Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, lead the Conservancy’s 70 members of staff, and support hundreds of climate adaptation, public access, and habitat protection and restoration projects throughout the California coast, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in coastal watersheds. Amy lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

 

Coastal Stories Grant Program Launched to Support Inclusive Storytelling about the California Coast

The Coastal Conservancy has launched a new grant program that intends to make the outdoors more inclusive and welcoming for all Californians by fostering representation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other historically excluded groups in outdoor spaces – through storytelling.

Our Coastal Stories Grant Program seeks to fund projects that plan, develop, and implement storytelling installations or materials (such as murals, signage, monuments, or guides) that represent communities and voices that have been historically excluded in the storytelling of California’s coast and publicly accessible lands. These communities may include but are not limited to BIPOC people, people with disabilities, immigrant communities, low-income communities, and other historically excluded communities.

All projects must present a story connected to publicly-accessible outdoors spaces within our jurisdiction,  in a way that will reach the public. We encourage proposals for projects that are community-led, that show strong community and landowner partnerships, and that use creative forms of historical, ecological, and cultural storytelling.

Learn more here.

 

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #38 – September 10, 2021

Meeting summary can be found here

 

AGENDA
September 10, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
VIRTUAL MEETING

ZOOM Meeting Information:
For live, online viewing of meeting, go to this address:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96517077363?pwd=N1NVR0NUQklvSUJEUXErSElVNmdPdz09
Passcode: 869321

To participate remotely by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 965 1707 7363
Passcode: 869321

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees discuss Water Trail implementation priorities
  • Attendees informed of water access planning for the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project
  • Attendees informed of Great Delta Trail Master Plan and water trail opportunities

 

Time Agenda Item
10:00 Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules
10:10 Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members
10:45 2021/22 Water Trail Implementation Priorities
11:00 Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project Water Access Planning
11:20 Great Delta Trail Master Plan and Water Access Update
11:45 Public Comments
12:00 Adjourn

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Avra Heller (contact information above) no later than five days prior to the meeting.

 

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #37 – June 18, 2021

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location – VIRTUAL MEETING

Please click this URL to join Zoom webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/96312410067?pwd=MUNLaTE2OS9PR3RmVVVBQ0M4TUtvQT09

Passcode: 035802

Or join by phone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 963 1241 0067
Passcode: 035802

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees informed of Literacy for Environmental Justice grant proposal.
  • Attendees informed of “Best of the Bay Trail and Bay Area Water Trail” guidebook.

 

Time – Agenda Items

10:00 – Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules / Zoom Logistics

10:10 – Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members

10:50 – Literacy for Environmental Justice – Water Trail Grant Proposal

11:10 – Presentation on the “Best of the Bay Trail and Bay Area Water Trail” guidebook

11:45 – Public Comments

12:00 – Adjourn

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting and any accessibility needs may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

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