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Conservation Planning and Management Tools

DredgeFest California Key Findings and Recommendations
Lead Agency: Dredge Research Collaborative
Release Date: December 2016

These Findings and Recommendations have been synthesized from the work of DredgeFest California, a week-long event held in the Bay Area in July 2016. They draw on the work done by five teams across five days of design workshops, discussions with many different experts, two days in the field and background research conducted by the Dredge Research Collaborative prior to the event. Each recommendation summarizes a key principle intended to guide the design, planning, and management of sediment in the Bay-Delta.

Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan
Lead Agency: San Francisco Estuary Partnership
Release Date: September 2016

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. The actions in this plan take a comprehensive look at the needs of the Estuary, from increasing freshwater flowing through the system and providing space for habitats and species, to connections to watersheds, greener urban spaces, and more resilient communities, among many other needs. The plan doesnít shy away from the more formidable challenges facing the region: it calls for broader implementation of nature-based solutions, improvements in regulatory review, permitting, and monitoring processes, and integration of natural resource protection into hazard planning. Aggressive and immediate implementation of innovations like these will be necessary to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for the San Francisco Estuary.

Herbicide Best Management Practices for Wildland Stewardship
Lead Agency: California Invasive Plant Council
Release Date: February 2016

Protecting wildlife habitat often requires controlling invasive plants, and those conducting invasive plant removal need to be sure their approach is safe for wildlife. This manual of Best Management Practices presents ways land managers can protect wildlife when using herbicides to control invasive plants. (While any invasive plant removal approach can potentially affect wildlife, chemical control methods are the focus of this report.) Herbicides are an important tool in the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) toolbox for controlling wildland weeds. Toxicology information is presented on herbicides most commonly used for invasive plant management in California natural areas. The BMPs are drawn from methods used by experienced land managers. Along with providing guidance for land managers, this document is designed to inform the interested public about how herbicides are used to control invasive plants in natural areas. The manual is available for free download. You will be asked for some basic information for tracking purposes.

Online Flood Map for Sea Level Rise and Storms
Lead Agency: Our Coasts, Our Future
Release Date: August 2014

Summary: Our Coast, Our Future provides Bay Area coastal managers and planners a locally relevant, online map and associated data and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms over the next century and beyond. Questions related to restoration, climate adaptation, natural resource management, municipal, and infrastructure maintenance plans can all be addressed using the localized projections easily accessed through our website. You must register to use the mapping feature.

Climate-Smart Restoration Toolkit: Tools for Preparing Restoration Projects for Climate Change
Lead Agency: Point Blue Conservation Science
Release Date: March 2014

This is an internet site, produced by Point Blue, that offers resources for restoration practitioners interested in designing projects in a way that prepares them for climate change. It includes a restoration checklist, riparian restoration design database, and links to other related and internet-based resources.

The California Conservation Easement Database (CCED)
Lead Agency: Green Info
Release Date: March 2014

The California Conservation Easement Database (CCED) is a single source of aggregated easement data for the entire state of California. CCED contains lands under conservation or similar type of easement across the state, a total 1.7 million acres (200,000 of these are duplicate, overlapping easements, however, bringing actual "on the ground" acres to 1.5 million). These easements are held by 93 agencies and total of over 3,200 individual easement parcels. This first edition of CCED does not yet contain all easements - an estimated 200,000 easement acres, including significant holdings of the Calif. Dept. Fish & Wildlife and the California Rangeland Trust, were not yet available. CCED is a complimentary data set to the California Protected Areas Database (CPAD) - which highlights lands in fee ownership status. Learn more about both CPAD and CCED at www.calands.org.

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN)
Lead Agency: Ca Avian Data Center and Pt Blue Conservation Science
Release Date: December 2013

The AKN is the primary source of bird monitoring data in the Western Hemisphere. One component of the AKN, eBird, is the most successful avian citizen science project in the planet and includes hundreds of millions of records. Other components (called AKN regional and thematic nodes), such as the California Avian Data Center, the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center, and the Midwest (U.S.) Avian Data Center, host over 20 million records from several hundred research projects, including point count, banding, nest success, area search, and distance sampling data. The AKN originally focused on gathering and describing critical datasets for archival and research needs. More recently, the AKN has included an emphasis on the role of nodes as collaborative science-based systems where data, spatially-explicit research products, and web-based technologies are integrated into tools that provide information to natural resource management decision-makers. The site strives to implement existing and new science-based data standards, provide recommendations for best monitoring practices, and encourage innovation and use of data management, visualization, analysis, and decision support tools.

Monitoring environmental and social change using iPhones, photo-stitching, and time lapse
Lead Agency: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Release Date: September 2013

With any camera phone, anyone interested can help monitor environmental changes over time with the use of a piece of angled steel, mounted to provide a consistent height, angle and direction from which to shoot images. When collected together, photo-stitching software aligns and pieces together images to show changes over time. It ends with many smart minds coming together to create apps and sites that help communities collect images and stitch together a picture of change.

EcoAtlas
Lead Agency: San Francisco Estuary Institute
Release Date: June 2013

California EcoAtlas provides access to information for effective wetland management. The maps and tools can be used to create a complete picture of aquatic resources in the landscape by integrating stream and wetland maps, restoration information, and monitoring results with land use, transportation, and other information important to the stateís wetlands.

California Climate Commons
Lead Agency: California Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Release Date: March 2013

The Climate Commons offers a starting point for discovery of climate change data and related resources, information about the science that produced it, and the opportunity to communicate with others about applying climate change science to conservation in California.

Restoring Neighborhood Streams
Lead Agency: Ann Riley
Release Date: November 1999

This book presents the authorís thirty years of practical experience managing long-term stream and river restoration projects in heavily degraded urban environments. Riley provides a level of detail only a hands-on design practitioner would know, including insights on project design, institutional and social context of successful projects, and how to avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes.

2016 Landbird Conservation Plan
Lead Agency: Partners in Flight
Release Date: November 1999

The Plan presents new science using year-round eBird data to assign stewardship responsibility and identifyies regions of greatest importance to landbirds during winter and migration. The Plan also recommends specific actions to guide landbird conservation over the next 10 years to reverse long-term population declines, prevent future species listings, and keep common birds from becoming highly threatened or at risk