SFBJV Implementation Plan
In 2001 the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture published a 20-year collaborative plan for the restoration of wetlands and wildlife in the Bay region called Restoring the Estuary: an Implementation Strategy for the SFBJV. All 26 organizations and agencies on our management board have approved it. This Strategy establishes specific acreage goals for wetlands of three distinct types - bay habitats, seasonal wetlands and creeks and lakes, and lays out programmatic and cooperative strategies for accomplishing them. The Joint Venture partners have agreed to acquire, and/or restore or enhance 200,000 acres of these three types of wetlands over the next two decades all around our estuary. Restoring the Estuary builds on the science-based recommendations of the San Francisco Estuary Baylands Ecosystem Goals Project (1999), by reaching beyond the Bay's margins and into the watersheds to determine acreage goals. Together, these goals, objectives and strategies will help guide the renewal of the wetland ecosystem rimming the Bay that defines our region.
Restoring the Estuary is currently under revision, the plans and guiding documents influencing these changes can be found below.
Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Report Technical Update
Project Lead: State Coastal Conservancy and Baylands Goals Steering committee
Updated: October 2015
The Technical Update to The San Francisco Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals report, aims to synthesize current scientific knowledge regarding climate change impacts on the Baylands and to develop recommendations for management actions to ameliorate those impacts.
The Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the San Francisco Estuary (the Estuary Blueprint) provides 32 priority actions over the next five years for achieving a healthier Bay and Delta. The result of the collaboration of over 100 scientists, regulators, businesses, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and citizens, this Estuary Blueprint reflects the consensus of government agencies and non-profits concerned with the health of the Estuary.
Subtidal Goals Report
Project Lead: State Coastal Conservancy, NOAA, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Delivery Commission and San Francisco Estuary Partnership
This report describes six subtidal habitat types with maps showing their known current distributions, and analyzes present-day threats to those habitats. It presents recommendations for addressing those stressors, for advancing scientific research and understanding, and for protecting and restoring subtidal habitat within the constraints and challenges of an urbanized estuary, and of incomplete knowledge. It also describes some of the pioneering efforts that have taken place to restore subtidal habitat in the bay.
Conservation Lands Network
Project Lead: Bay Area Open Space
The Conservation Lands Network is a five-year science-based study by over 125 organizations and individuals tasked to identify the most essential lands needed to sustain biological diversity. The Conservation Lands Network is intended to serve as a guidefor selecting areas to be conserved for public and private conservation practitioners.
SFBJV Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Phase 1
Project Lead: San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Released: Winter 2011/12
The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (M&E Plan) offers a 20-year region-wide monitoring and research framework to measure the effectiveness of SFBJV partner conservation delivery actions. The implementation of the M&E Plan will benefit and provide information and guidance to the regional SFBJV community, conservation and science partners, regulatory agencies, decision makers and funding institutions.
State of the Birds Report – SF Bay Area
Project Leads: Point Blue Conservation Science and SF Bay Joint Venture
This is the first-ever State of the Birds report for San Francisco Bay summarizing the current state of knowledge on the Bay’s bird populations and detailing the actions needed to keep birds and their habitats thriving as sea levels rise and extreme storm events increase due to global climate change.
State of the Birds Report 2014 - United States of America
Project Lead: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Audubon, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, American Bird Conservancy, North American Bird Conservation Initiative and others
Each report reveals population trends and the influences of various impacts on them including climate change, public lands, private lands and organized efforts to positively change the patterns of decline.
Tidal Marsh Recovery Plan
Project Lead: USFWS
Released: November 2013
The plan provides scientific research and recommendations meant to save 17 struggling species of plants and animals. It also includes estimates of the time and costs necessary to implement the recommended actions to recover the listed species to the point where they can be downlisted or removed from the endangered species list.
Coastal California (BCR 32) Waterbird Conservation Plan
Project Leads: David Shuford, Point Blue Conservation Science and Rob Doster, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 8
Released: March 2014
This plan covers the U.S. portion of Bird Conservation Region (BCR) 32, which encompasses the coastal slope and Coast Ranges of central and southern California and the Central Valley. The plan covers 46 species of waterbirds and provides a framework whereby a partnership of individuals and institutions can implement the broader initiative's vision regionally by sustaining or restoring the distribution, diversity, and abundance of populations and habitats of breeding, migratory, and nonbreeding waterbirds in BCR 32.
Since the writing of Restoring the Estuary, Executive Order 13186 (see Chapter 5) was enacted to provide a mandate for integrating the bird conservation principles from the four migratory bird conservation initiatives. These guiding principles are contained within numerous regional and national bird conservation plans including the 2nd edition of the United States Shorebird Conservation Plan (Brown et al. 2001), the Southern Pacific Shorebird Conservation Plan (Hickey et al. 2003), the North American Waterbird Plan (Kushlan et al. 2002), the California Current System Marine Bird Conservation Plan, the North American Landbird Conservation Plan (Rich et al. 2004), and several California Partners in Flight habitat-based bird conservation plans (CalPIF 2002, CalPIF 2004, RHJV 2004).
These plans contain bird conservation goals, priorities, recommendations, and other information directly relevant to the San Francisco Bay region. Although the SFBJV Implementation Strategy outlines habitat goals for all birds using the estuary, it focuses primarily on waterfowl population objectives and goals established under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
The SFBJV contracted with Point Blue to work with partners in drafting a guiding document to summarize the information within the other bird conservation plans relevant to the San Francisco Bay region. This document should inform a comprehensive review and revision of the SFBJV’s Restoring the Estuary, while helping guide its implementation.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) is a coalition of government agencies, private organizations, and bird initiatives in the United States working to ensure the long-term health of North America's native bird populations.
- State Wildlife Action Plan California examines the health of wildlife and prescribes actions to conserve wildlife and vital habitat before they become more rare and more costly to protect