Monday, December 19, 2011

A Message from NERRA President - David Ruple

Friends of NERRS:

As the years pass I seem to get more reflective, especially this time of year. Thinking back to the NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, we had the opportunity to share what is happening at your Reserve and across the NERRS with our colleagues, at NOAA, the various Reserves and with our Friends organizations. There is so much exciting work going on that is supported by our Friends and volunteers. I, personally and on behalf of NERRA want to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication and support over the past year.

As we discussed in Jacksonville, your Friends group was organized to support your local Reserve, in many cases for several years now. While we came together in October, we are now again back in our local communities, supporting our Reserve. As we look forward to the new year, please take an opportunity to think about innovative ways by which your actions can serve to support the broader System. The strength and health of the entire System and ultimately your Reserve relies on us all, and support from our local communities. Please bring those innovative thoughts to NERRA if we can be supportive and please respond to NERRA requests for assistance on the national scene as you can. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Please pass my appreciation along to your members.

Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Outreach for educating and embracing in our communities

We were recently able to partner with a local organization called Senior College. Members of the community who have expertise and enthusiasm volunteer to teach classes to enrolled participants who are typically, but do not have to be, retired persons. In the course of other volunteer work in my town nearby called Anacortes, I was lucky to strike up a meaningful conversation with one such instructor, a former classroom science teacher. By having her come visit the Reserve, which she bashfully admitted she had yet to visit, I was able to give her a full tour, and direct her to our education coordinator to create a small curriculum for a Senior College class. In conjunction with Alex, our EC, the instructor designed an immersion day for 23 excited attendees. We made 23 new friends and I know they will be back with their friends and families.

Monday, November 28, 2011

President Signs FY12 Budget for NERRS!

The FY12 budget (which is the money going to each reserve starting July 1, 2012) has been passed!
The NERRS received the NERRA requested amounts of $22.3M for operations and $1.69M for contstruction and aquisition.
We are now starting to work on funding for FY13. Congress will begin hearings early in 2012 and the President will anounce his suggested funding levels in early Febraury.
Stay tuned. . .
(thanks, Kay, for the post and support!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Super Achievement

The recent news regarding the Congressional funding level for the NERRS in 2012 is surprisingly sweet. During this incredibly difficult period, NERRA's advocacy and the visits to the 'Hill' by Reserve Managers telling their stories, has yielded a remarkable achievement. Kudos to all involved!
- Kay Reinhardt

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

GTM NERR's Sate of the Reserve Case Study

The State of the Reserve is an annual event that began in 2010 at GTM NERR. The afternoon program highlights the past year of outstanding research, stewardship, and education at GTM NERR and is an opportunity to share our work and show our appreciation to our local communities, partners, and stakeholders.

We ask that all of our 'stake holders' aka anyone who has been influenced or cooperated with the reserve to please join us for an afternoon of presentations followed by a local food and wine reception and poster session. For more information and to RSVP please see the link below.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Rebecca Roth, Executive Director of NERRA will be presenting on the current budget situation at the 2011 Annual Meeting. Senate appropriations for FY12 are at $22.3M and House appropriations at $15.6M. The Presidents budget recommends $22.3M. Come join us for this session and hear more about why the Reserve System needs the support of their Friends groups and Foundations!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Students Explore @ Wells Maine Reserve

The Wells Maine Reserve is getting community assistance to teach 7th graders in science. Check out the full article.

2011 NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting

Check out the meeting details here.

Monday, October 24, 2011 - Friday, October 28, 2011

Sawgrass Marriott
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082

The purpose of this meeting is to develop both long- and short-term plans, program strategies, and budgets for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The meeting also serves to integrate the program sectors (management, research, education, coastal training, stewardship) and provide relevant, targeted information and training. This is a “working/decision-making” meeting of interdisciplinary colleagues within the NERRS who are guided by similar mandates and funding sources. As the primary planning meeting for the year, attendance by core staff is a grant requirement for NOAA funding to all National Estuarine Research Reserves.