HabitatNews August 2017

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NOAA Office of Habitat Conservation                                                 August 2017 Issue #23

Welcome to the August issue of HabitatNews. We invite you to update your information, preferences, and subscription choices at any time here. Thank you for your continued interest in NOAA's Habitat Conservation efforts.

$4.5 Million in Funding Recommended for Restoration Projects to Benefit Fish, Coastal Habitat

community based restoration bulldozer

NOAA is recommending $4.5 million in funding for 10 new projects through the 2017 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants competition. Together, these projects will restore roughly 1,400 acres of habitat, and open 70 stream miles for fish passage. Learn more >

New Choptank Habitat Focus Area Video

choptank video

A new NOAA video highlights the work that NOAA and partners are doing in the Choptank Habitat Focus Area to conduct science, restore habitat, and work with community organizations to help residents develop and implement their vision for a healthy Choptank River. See video >

Projects Selected to Improve Coastal Resiliency

resiliency photo flooding

NOAA is recommending 19 projects for funding, totaling $13.8 million. This competitive grant program helps coastal communities protect themselves from coastal storms. Project focus areas include flood protection, infrastructure improvement, restoration of coastal habitat, and proactive community planning initiatives. More information >

Photo Contest Winners

Photo Winner Collage

The 2017 NOAA Habitat Month digital photo contest recognized photographers who have captured captivating images of coastal and ocean habitat. NOAA received many compelling photographs. Thank you to those who submitted entries. View winning photos >

$1.2 Million in Funding Recommended for NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas

HFA projects

NOAA is recommending $1.2 million in funding for habitat restoration in eight Habitat Focus Areas. These new projects will educate coastal residents, restore habitats, and support sustainable fisheries and resilient communities. NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas, which fall under the NOAA Habitat Blueprint, are targeted places where NOAA is partnering to measurably improve habitat conditions for fisheries, protected resources, and coastal communities. Learn more >

Oyster Reef Ecosystem Services Research Project Update

ORES report

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office released its annual update about current research as part of its Oyster Reef Ecosystem Services project. While research is still in progress, scientists note some positive trends at and near restored reefs. Read more >

$1.37 Million in Funding Recommended for Ongoing Restoration by Great Lakes Partners

Great Lakes restoration

NOAA is recommending $1.37 million in funding for continued support of two Great Lakes regional habitat restoration partners, the Great Lakes Commission and Friends of the Detroit River. These continuing projects focus on conserving wetlands, improving fish migration, and restoring habitat for fish and wildlife. Funding is provided through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more >

Returning a Cranberry Bog to a Thriving Wetland

cranberry bog

This former 1890 cranberry bog project has restored 225 acres of wetland habitat and more than three miles of stream channel in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Before restoration, there were rarely fish like alewife and blueback herring in the bog. In 2016, there were thousands swimming beyond the former barriers. Learn more >

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