Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
It was great to see representatives from Friends groups from around the country - from Maine to Washington State! We missed those of you who were unable to join us but hope that some of resources posted here will provide you with a little more information on the topics we discussed.
Monday, November 19, 2012
For those of you who are unable to join us - please let me know if you would like to join us virtually for any of the sessions during our sector time. We will have conference call capabilities for most of our sessions. Just send me an email and I will respond with more information on how to link in. Please note that we will not be able to provide virtual connections for non-sector time (sessions outlined in the overall agenda).
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The request and information is provided by Diane Hoskins, Director of Government Relations, Restore America's Estuaries. Diane urges organizations to sign on before COB Friday (November 8th).
For more information, please read below and follow the link to the letter, ---
Friday, October 19, 2012
If you would like to join us but need more time to commit - please contact us to let us know.
Monday, October 15, 2012
While we focus our planning on this concentrated meeting time - we will not be holding our monthly webinar meeting for October. We look forward to meeting with you in November!
We are happy to see representatives from NERRS Friends and Foundations around the country registered to join us for the 2012 NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting! If you haven't had a chance to register yet - there is still time. Check out the event web site for all the details.
Please note that there are options for 1-day and multi-day registrations if you are unable to join us for the entire week.
For those of you who will not be able to join us - we will keep you posted on any opportunities to join us virtually. We may be able to provide access to portions of the meeting. Please stay tuned!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Please check out the 2012 NERRS/NERRA Annual Meeting web site for all of the meeting details including a draft agenda, site information, and lodging and transportation options. Rooms at NCTC will be limited this year and will be offered on a first come first serve basis based on when you register. We strongly suggest you register early!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
As an annual celebration of critical estuarine habitats, National Estuaries Day is a great opportunity to provide information to the general public but also to engage your local, state and federal politicians in your reserve. We would like to hear more about what you are doing at your reserve!
National Estuaries Day is celebrated every last Saturday of the month of September - September 29th this year. Here is a little more information taken from the Estuary Education web site -
- National Estuaries Day was established in 1988 as part of Coast Weeks, this annual event is the inspiration for all of those who love and care for our nation’s estuaries.
- The purpose of National Estuaries Day is to promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect them.
- It is also the occasion for a public-awareness campaign to inform people from coast to coast about their connection to these beautiful places and how they can encourage its healthy future.
- Countless National Estuaries Day activities occur nationwide, from photography contests in Florida, canoe trips in Washington, estuary clean-ups in North Carolina, exhibits at state capitals, guided estuary tours in Texas, to festivals in California.
- Since its inception in 1988, National Estuary Day has strengthened the partnership between the National Estuary Program (NEP) and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The two programs protect more than 50 estuarine habitats that have been federally designated as living resources.
- Help spread the word that estuaries are vital to migratory species; provide critical habitat for a variety of marine plants and animals; help prevent coastal erosion; are important recreational and tourist destinations; and that estuaries are critical for our future and the health of the oceans.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
We are creating a subcommittee to assist with the development of the postcard and the idea of possibly using social media as an outlet. If you would be interested in joining us for one or two meetings to help brainstorm ideas, please let me know.
We hope that a few of you will be able to join us!
Director of Special Projects
National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
Monday, August 13, 2012
Our monthly webinar series offers a way to connect with other friends organizations and foundations and to learn more about relevant topics. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2:00 - 3:00PM ET. We hope you will be able to join us in September!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
|Incoming Laudholm Trust president Nik Charov stands with retiring president Diana Joyner, who for the past 4 years has led the Wells nonprofit.|
Friday, July 13, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
- a few minutes for updates and news,
- a review or presentation on the topic identified for the meeting,
- followed by time for discussion to share what is happening at your organization/reserve and learn what is happening at other reserves.
- Provide a regular opportunity to connect with each other;
- Share information and knowledge with each other to foster growth and learning;
- Provide input for NERRA on how we can help on a national/regional level.
Friday, May 18, 2012
- Approach your partners with information on how YOU can help them.
- Think about long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.
- Consider partnerships with groups that are already supporting your organization/reserve.
Friday, April 27, 2012
$17.081 for operations
$0 for PAC
The full committee took up the bill yesterday and there were no amendments related to NERRS (or NOS).
NERRA will continue to make the push to members prior to the conference committee marks. In the meantime, any help from groups outside of the reserve to email letters of support and thanks for program support would be helpful.
We will continue to keep you posted...
Monday, April 23, 2012
NERRS PAC: $1.7M
B-WET grants: $7.5M
Regional Ocean Partnerships: $4M
Again, thanks all around for your help in reaching out!
- Full Senate passes Appropriations bill (hopefully without reducing the amounts passed by the Appropriations Committee).
- House Appropriations full committee hears and passes its bill and then the bill is scheduled and passed by the House.
- A conference committee of Senate and House members is formed to merge the two appropriations bills, after agreement is reached, each chamber hears the revised bill.
- Once approved it is sent to the President for signature.
We will continue to update the blog with information as it comes in.
Friday, April 20, 2012
We are pleased to report that the Senate Subcommittee and the full Appropriations Committee provided $22.3M for NERRS Operation!
Stay tuned for more to come on....
- Procurement, Acquisition, Construction (PAC)
- The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) - this program was funded, specific amount to be announced
In attendance for the Senate subcommittee were the following members:
Democrats: Mikulski, Pryor, Lautenberg, Brown
Republicans: KBH, Shelby, Alexander, Johnson, Murkowski
NERRA will be sending out thank you emails to all Senate Appropriation Committee members and encourage anyone with Senators on Appropriations Committee to email a two or three sentence thank you note to the Senator's staff thanking them for their work as well as to the Senators for their NERRS program support (especially to those listed above because they were present for the mark).
It is extremely important that members know that folks back in the state are tracking on this. In addition, it is expected that there will be push back on members supporting budgets higher than the President's during the conference of the House and Senate bills.
Your emails help give Congressional members cover for supporting the $22.3M NERRS budget!
Thanks to all of you who have helped with letters of support!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tuesday 230 EST Senate Approps CJS Subcommittee bill mark-up
Thursday 930 EST House Approps CJS Subcommittee bill mark-up
Time to be Announced, expected Senate Full Approps Committee bill mark-up
See list below of Senators and Representatives on Sub and Full Committee who have reserves in their state. To help you can....
1) Email a note to staff reminding the senator of our support request and include FY13 primer found on Resources and Documents page or
2) Email a letter of support based on the template provided on Resources and Documents page.
The most important thing is to make contact -- even if you are out this week or unable to send an email before the subcommittees or full committee mark-ups, send an email after asking for their continued support during the future appropriations hearings by full house or senate and then by conference committee.
Senate CJS Appropriations Sub Comm
Senate Appropriations Comm
House Appropr Committee (no CJS subcommittee members per se)
Schiff -CA (sub, no NERR)
Honda -CA (sub noNERR)
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
- 2012 Primer used by NERRS Managers and NERRA during visits to the Hill at the end of last month.
- A letter template that can be used to request support from your Senate and House representatives for NERRS
- NERRA's testimony for programs for FY13 to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Fellow Reserve Friends,
The last two months have proved to be more challenging than ever. The President released his budget last month and we learned that the NERRS program was cut by $2.7M to $19M for operations (note this amount is actually $3.3M less from what Congress appropriated in FY12 @ $22.3M). The Construction and Acquisition money was completely eliminated.
The most troubling part of this proposed cut is that the President and NOAA have indicated that the funding cuts mean that the program should: “end the NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which currently supports 1-2 Ph.D. or master's students at every reserve and decrease the federal share of the funding to each of the 28 reserves across the U.S.”
As some of you may know the NERRA Board meeting was held in Washington, DC on February 27th and the majority of our Board Members conducted meetings with members from their congressional delegation. (The Board missed the presence and input of Kay Reinhart, FFN representative!) The NERRA appropriations request is on our website for you to download as well as national program economic information.
We have a template letter we will be posting here in the next couple of days. In the meantime, NERRA wrote up an impact analysis that explains how the program will be impacted IF the President’s budget were enacted by Congress. . .do remember that Congress ultimately passes the budget. The first round of budget hearings began last week and NERRA requested that Congressional members ask questions of NOAA as to why they are proposing cutting the program and funding for the states.
We hope you can join us later this month or in early April for our webinar (more information to follow). If you have questions or comments, as always, please email or call me.
May the force be with us all! -Rebecca
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
and carrying-out Wednesday's Research Symposium. It took a team effort and
it all came together perfectly. From the comments I heard from participants
there was widespread enthusiasm with the range of topics, quality of
presentations, accommodations, logistics, and (of course) lunch. We may have
started something with this event and we should discuss this opportunity in
the near future. It was certainly satisfying to see the size of the crowd
with even the overflow seats being occupied. A sincere thank-you to the PB
Foundation and Shell Oil Puget Sound Refinery for their sponsorship and
speaker), and Dr. Doug Bulthuis (PB research coordinator)
Monday, February 20, 2012
Diana Joyner, president of the Laudholm Trust, the fundraising partner of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, is stepping down from her position in June.
According to Bruce Read, chair of the Trust board, in an article on the Wells Reserve at Laudholm web site:
"Four years ago, Diana stepped off of our board and into the interim president position at a critical time in the history of the Trust,” notes Read. “The economy had softened and we needed someone with distinct leadership skills at the helm. Diana did such an outstanding job, we asked her to stay aboard for a few more years. Under her leadership, the organization has not only grown, it’s thrived.”
If you had the opportunity to meet Diana, you know she is strong leader and also a friend. As she steps down from her position, she will be missed by not only the Laudholm community but also all of us at NERRA and throughout the NERRS who had the opportunity to meet and work with her.
The board's search committee is now accepting online applications. Interested individuals can learn more about the position and the application process by visiting the Wells Reserve at Laudholm website at www.wellsreserve.org. Diana will assist with the transition.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
- Operations are at $19M
- Procurement, Acquisition, Construction (PAC) was zero-funded
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
It's great to know you are strategically planning as a well rounded team. We at Padilla Bay Foundation are committed to a retreat for re-purposing; utilizing funds we were awarded in a grant administered by the National Environmental Education Foundation in sync with Toyota Motor Sales of America ... "Every Day Grants". A small purse, but specifically for use in capacity building of the awarded non-profit. After a decade of fund raising to help grow the Padilla Bay Reserve's facilities, we are working with our Reserve Director, Terry Stevens, as well as leads from Research & Monitoring, Stewardship Coordination, Education Coordination, Coastal Training Program and Facilities Maintenance to identify areas of need as the budgets both nationally and at state-level shrink. We are embarking on a new era of support for the Reserve with a different focus. One of our achievements is in having garnered financial support to underwrite the costs of an all day Research Symposium to be held a week from today. A long overdue undertaking. We will have 100 guests here to listen to 12 presenters having done research at Padilla Bay as well as a keynote speaker. We will undoubtedly have some citizen scientists in the audience. Everyone is excited to be sharing the nuanced work being done in the bay with the community. I send along my best wishes for the GTM Reserve to reap the benefits of the foundation and volunteer group's heartfelt work on its behalf. I'll report back on our plans for a board retreat when they gel. You've inspired me all over again!
by Angie Christensen, Board Member, Friends of GTM
The GTM Research Reserve (short-speak for the Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR in Ponte Vedra, Florida) is supported, like many NERRs, by the efforts of a Friends group. Working hand in hand with the staff and volunteers of the Reserve, the Friends organization helps with funding efforts and is dedicated to the stewardship, education and research efforts undertaken by the Reserve. This January, we gathered in a unique way, having decided to dedicate part of one weekend to a detailed discussion of our mission, goals, objectives and tactics for executing against those. In other words, under the leadership of Board president Christine Rich, we embarked on a kind of mini-retreat, aiming for a clear perspective. We took a step back. Of course it's early days yet, but in the short time that's passed, that short step back seems to have re-energized us, underpinned our relationships, helped solidify understanding of roles and responsibilities, and renewed our commitment to our work as Board members.
We began with cocktails at a favorite local restaurant on a Friday evening, an informal, relaxing event that allowed us a chance to know one another better. Because we're a diverse Board, reflective of the large geographic area encompassed by the Reserve, some of us know each other pretty well; some are newcomers and some have both history and perspective. This informal opportunity to know our colleagues better bore fruit later in the session, as some relationships and committees began to take on more definition later in our sessions. A couple of key members of the Reserve's staff were able to join us, including director Dr. Mike Shirley and Volunteer Coordinator Carly Swatek. Oh, and by the way...it was fun!
The real working session was the next day, and included the same group (Board members as well as staff). We began with some things that seem very fundamental, but of which our knowledge was a bit uneven, discussing our mission and deepening our understanding of the roles played by each "leg" of our three-legged stool-type composition, with a view to the roles played by the Friends Board and membership, the staff, including educators, research scientists, and more, and the key role played by the diverse body of volunteers we're so fortunate to have. We delved into the expectations of each of our committees, reminding ourselves of the duties and looking for ways to enhance our effectiveness. And we talked about the interaction models for the committees with each other and with the larger Board, again looking for growth and development opportunities.
It was a day of hard team work, honest conversation, and dedicated collaboration, and it was a chance to step back in unison to consider our way forward together. As a member new to the Board AND the marketing committee, with a special interest in development of social media, it provided me with unique insights and perspective, and helped me prepare for some ambitious plans for the coming year. It challenged me to think about some familiar topics through a new lens. For instance, a comment from one of the Board members, herself a college professor with a doctorate in her field, prompted me to tweet about "citizen science". I included a hash tag "#CitizenScience" and became part of a much larger discussion (many thanks, Dr. Melissa Southwell!), one I hope to see continuing as we continue to grow and mature in our journey together. It was an excellent investment of time and teamwork, positioning us for the smartest possible steps forward for our NERR and Friends board.
Lots of work awaits us in the coming year, and I'd love to keep you posted on how we're doing. Meanwhile, any others out there doing anything similar? A Board retreat? A planning session for your NERR's upcoming calendar year or longer-range 3- or 5-year plans? As always, it's impossible to overstate the opportunities for shared learning, so bring on those comments, folks!