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1 Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Annual Report to the Board for 2009 Management Board Meeting March 10, 2010 via teleconference (handout #5) 1

2 Management Board Members Connecticut Delaware Georgia Florida Maine Maryland Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey New York North Carolina Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina Vermont Virginia Ducks Unlimited (2) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Park Service The Nature Conservancy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2) U.S. Geological Survey USDA Forest Service Wildlife Management Institute ACJV LEADERSHIP Ken Elowe, Board Chair, ME Dan Forster, Vice Chair, GA Steve Rockwood, GBTC Chair, FL Joe Fuller GBTC Vice Chair, NC Laurel Moore-Barnhill NBTC Chair, SC Brad Winn NBTC Vice Chair, GA John Frampton, NAWMP Plan Comm., SC Wayne MacCallum NAWCA Council, MA Rob Deblinger, Council Staff, MA 2

3 ACJV Staff Mitch Hartley North Atl. Coord. (Hadley, MA) States: ME, NH, VT, NY, MA, RI, CT BCRs: LGL-SL, ANF, NE-MA Other: Coord. With EHJV, Canada Melanie Steinkamp Mid Atl. Coord. (Laurel, MD) States: NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV BCRs: NE-MA, Pied., N. Apps Other: Ches. Bay, Del. Bay Working Groups Craig Watson South Atl. Coord. (Charleston, SC) States: NC, SC, GA, FL, PR BCRs: SAMBI, S. Pdmt., Pen. FL, PR-VI Other: Caribbean, Mexico Andrew Milliken JV Coordinator Debra Reynolds Outreach Coordinator (Hadley, MA) Tim Jones Science Coordinator (Laurel, MD) Kirsten Luke GIS Analyst (Contract) (Panama City, FL) Vacant Assistant Science Coordinator(s) JV-Wide Regional 3

4 ACJV Highlights 2009 u 433,000 acres of habitat conserved in 2009, over 5.3 million acres total conserved by ACJV partners u 34 NAWCA grants approved (2009) – most ever, and 27 grants recommended (2010); additional oil spill funds received; Great Lakes funds received u Strategic Plan Update completed and approved u Conservation Design Multistate Grant Project underway and ready to expand u Flyway Integrated Waterbird Monitoring and Management fully underway and includes states u Multiple research and monitoring projects funded u JV leadership/involvement in LCC development 4

5 Strategic Plan Mission The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture will provide a forum for federal, state, regional and local partners to coordinate and improve the effectiveness of bird habitat conservation planning, implementation and evaluation in the Atlantic Flyway region of the United States. 5

6 Components needed to accomplish this mission u Coordination and Organization u Biological Planning u Conservation Design u Conservation Delivery u Monitoring and Evaluation u Research u Communications and Outreach 6

7 ACJV Strategic Plan Annual Accomplishment Measures 7

8 Components, Goals & Objectives u Structure and Partnership Coordination –Strategic Plan, Management Board, Technical Committees, state and focus area working groups u Administration and Funding – Staff, administration, funding Coordination and Organization Provide a structure and process that attracts partners, leverages and generates funding, and implements coordinated planning, delivery and evaluation projects that support ACJV goals and objectives and provide opportunities for collaboration with other wildlife and fish habitat conservation partnerships. 8

9 Coordination and Organization u Strategic Plan Updated u Board meetings and calls completed; December meeting on science/LCCs u Technical Committees re- organized u Additional focus area working groups u Small increase in ACJV admin. budget in FY 2009 and FY 2010 u Addressing LCC relationships u Continued staff, board and technical committee involvement in LCCs u Additional technical subcommittee development e.g., shorebird subcommittee u Delaware Bay working group formed u Maintain or increase budget in FY 2011 –Full time GIS staff and additional science support staff –Funding for discretionary projects 2009 Accomplishments2010 Goals/Needs 9

10 Components, Goals & Objectives u Structure and Plans –Biological Foundation Plan, Waterfowl Implementation Plan, BCR Plans, Marine Birds Cooperative, Web-based information u Steps/products –Priority species, representative spp., population objectives, threats & limiting factors, species-habitat models Biological Planning Compile and provide information on priority bird species and their relationship to habitats to provide a biological basis for conservation actions 10

11 Components, Goals & Objectives u Information available at appropriate scales –Maps, spatial databases, decision support tools u Steps/products –Existing habitat capacity, habitat objectives, landscape change, future habitat capacity, decision support tools, protected and managed lands databases, optimal landscape designs Conservation Design Provide tools to guide management decisions to efficiently achieve bird conservation (and associated wildlife and fish) habitat objectives. 11

12 Biological Planning and Conservation Design u Initial Piedmont BCR planning underway u Marine bird planning funded and underway u Waterfowl population and habitat objective approach finalized u Staff /partner support for NAWMP, USSCP, PIF u Significant progress on Designing Sustainable Landscapes project u Dynamic sea-level rise project underway u Final year of pilot Designing Sustainable Landscapes project u Expand to Piedmont and North Atlantic through LCC funding u Testing/validating of decision support tools u Complete waterfowl population and habitat objectives u Complete initial sea level rise models, expand to South Atlantic u Initiate additional migratory hotspot mapping u Assist Audubon with forest block analysis 2009 Accomplishments2010 Goals/Needs 12

13 +100 years +10 years +20 years +30 years +40 years +50 years +60 years +70 years +80 years +90 years Designing Sustainable Landscapes Landscape Change for Next 100 yrs. 2001 LakeMoultrie Charleston Incorporates: sea level rise urban growth succession 13

14 Components, Goals & Objectives u Delivery Partnerships –State, focus area, habitat u Project Funding –JV seed funds, federal grants, new and non- traditional partners, international u Information for Guiding Delivery Conservation Delivery Facilitate partnerships for conservation delivery, seek and leverage funding, provide information to influence management and deliver conservation actions guided by biological foundation to efficiently achieve bird and associated wildlife and fish habitat conservation objectives 14

15 Conservation Delivery u 433k acres habitat conserved u 700 + partner projects u Highest success with NAWCA, more oil spill $ u Multiple focus area partnerships supported u Chesapeake Bay WAT u Habitat initiatives e.g. early successional, forests u Submit Mass. oil spill projects u Great Lakes NAWCA and JV funds u Maintain/increase success with Coastal Grants u Early successional working groups in North Atlantic u Delaware Bay partnership u Increase NRCS Coordination u Increase NFWF Coordination u Pilot decision support tools with decision makers 2009 Accomplishments2010 Goals/Needs 15

16 FY 2009 Acres Conserved by Program 16 ProgramProtectedRestoredEnhancedTotal Coastal10,046300010,346 DU8,8383,39815,92328,158 NAWCA62,61812,3541,92776,899 NWR5,83500 PFFW43,40820,8483,09767,353 State17,673882118,004136,558 TNC139,16900

17 FY 2009 Acres Conserved by State StateProtectedRestoredEnhancedTotal CT1,6791974792,355 DE381,2076,5507,795 FL15,4682,177107,549125,195 GA23,7892,4292426,242 MA7,0349425998,575 MD10,2011,0712,50613,778 ME56,5984,112060,709 NC24,5618,41316,12049,094 NH1,34000 NJ2,0661,17603,242 NY74,50753023575,271 PA2051103,0593,374 PR4454164691,329 RI928410969 SC25,1011,94654227,589 VA12,64810,08529523,028 VT2,236417892,741 Total258,84435,267138,516432,626 17

18 ACJV Partner Accomplishments with Spatial Data FY 2009 18

19 Highest priority patches under 10 yrs CP 36 19

20 Components, Goals & Objectives u Population Monitoring –Utilize existing monitoring, design new monitoring, flyway waterbird monitoring u Habitat Monitoring –Explore options for habitat monitoring, assess net change in habitat types u Conservation Tracking –ACJV project tracking, spatial protected and managed lands databases Monitoring and Evaluation Facilitate monitoring of bird populations and habitats to assess the effectiveness of conservation actions and track conservation projects to assess progress and guide future actions. 20

21 Components, Goals & Objectives u Research Coordination and Funding –Identify research needs, seek funds through grants and programs u Research Prioritization –Target research to address key uncertainties, conduct sensitivity analysis Research Provide a structure and process that generates, attracts, leverages, and implements priority assumption-driven research activities in support of joint venture established objectives 21

22 Monitoring, Evaluation and Research u Flyway Integrated Waterbird Monitoring & Management being developed with states u Seabird monitoring funded and implemented u Painted bunting monitoring implemented u Black duck and brant energetics research nearing completion u Research on forest bird use in e.s. habitats u Flyway Integrated Waterbird Monitoring & Management implemented u Coordination of marshbird monitoring with JV/flyway u Models/tools for estimating spatial distribution and density of seabirds u Managed lands database developed for additional states u Secured lands data in the SE u Spatial accomplishment data u Science needs compiled and prioritized; funding and coordination through LCCs 2009 Accomplishments2010 Goals/Needs 22

23 Outside Funding 2007-2009 Funding SourceProject AFWA/USFWS Multist. Grants Northeast Coordinated Bird Monitoring Designing Sustainable Landscapes for Birds in the Eastern U.S. BDJV/DU/stateBlack duck wintering behavior and energetics SDJVAtlantic Coast Sea Duck Surveys, Seawatch U. of DelawareBrant wintering behavior and energetics U.S.G.S. Science Support Optimal Landscape Design Bird and Bat Migration on Appalachian Ridges Atlantic Coast Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Birds Migratory stopover habitat Post-breeding use of early successional habitats by forest birds U.S.G.S. NBIIAtlantic Flyway SWAP Bird Information Database Doris DukeRegional Habitat Classification and Mapping, Phase I NEAFWARegional Habitat Classification and Mapping, Phase II NFWFRangewide Longleaf Pine Decision Support Tool MMSSeabird surveys and data compilation 23

24 Components, Goals & Objectives u Partners u Public/External Partners u Congress Communication and Outreach Develop effective communication products to attract partners, support existing funding and seek new funds, improve internal relations and raise awareness of ACJV conservation priorities targeted to specific audiences. 24

25 Communication and Outreach u New BCR websites completed u Brochure update u Quarterly newsletters u Fact Sheets expanded and updated u Congress –National Fact Sheet –Climate Change Insert –12 visits + 7 folders delivered u Website updates/meetings u Biological Foundation Plan elements online u Update fact sheets u New folder/brochure u New web-based newsletter u Spatial Accomplishment Information u Congress –2011/12 Budget Outreach –Hill and District Visits –Field trips 2009 Accomplishments2010 Goals/Needs 25

26 ACJV Staff Hard at Work 26

27 2009 ACJV Admin. Budget FUNDING1234$ OTHER FEDERAL $ NON-FED. PARTNER$ ACRES- ALL PARTNERS BAS Allocation831,841 Regional Admin. Support 129,779 Coordination216,82524,13225,000 Communication106,59405,000 Planning181,883592,64965,000 Monitoring/Evalu ation/Research 85,339296,00030,000 Project Dev. & Implementation 111,42264,826,828239,236,092 482,345 27

28 ACJV Administrative Budget u FY 2009 - minor increase to $832K; increase in FY 2010 to 882K, could be decreased in FY 2011 (but could be Chesapeake Bay funds) u Increased fixed costs for salary and operations; sharing costs for biological planning and monitoring with Division of Migratory Birds populations branch u No discretionary funds for projects u Need for additional base funding in FY 2011 to implement Strategic Plan, maintain GIS support and have discretionary funds. u Allocation process among JVs based on matrix of JV activities does not explicitly account for size and complexity 28

29 Concerns and Challenges for 2010 u Budget –Maintain existing staff –Fully support GIS position (contract) –Discretionary funds (partner travel and projects) u Workload for staff and partners related to ACJV, LCC, climate change, regional partnerships (e.g. Chesapeake Bay) u Articulate clear role, reduce redundancy in larger landscape conservation and climate change efforts u Ensure partners are involved in development of science products that meet their needs 29

30 Management Board Members Connecticut Delaware Georgia Florida Maine Maryland Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey New York North Carolina Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina Vermont Virginia Ducks Unlimited (2) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Park Service The Nature Conservancy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2) U.S. Geological Survey USDA Forest Service Wildlife Management Institute ACJV LEADERSHIP Ken Elowe, Board Chair, ME Dan Forster, Vice Chair, GA Steve Rockwood, GBTC Chair, FL Joe Fuller GBTC Vice Chair, NC Laurel Moore-Barnhill NBTC Chair, SC Brad Winn NBTC Vice Chair, GA John Frampton, NAWMP Plan Comm., SC Wayne MacCallum NAWCA Council, MA Rob Deblinger, Council Staff, MA 30 Thanks to the leadership and members of the Management Board and Technical Committees


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