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Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)

Scope and Purpose

The Habitat Goal Implementation Team seeks to facilitate the implementation of projects that restore and enhance a network of land and water habitats to support priority species and to afford other public benefits including water quality, recreational uses, and scenic value across the watershed by coordinating the efforts of Chesapeake Bay Program partners.  These habitats include tidal and non-tidal wetlands, living shorelines, submerged aquatic vegetation, islands, uplands and forests, and freshwater streams.

Objectives

  • PLAN: To advance habitat protection and restoration through integrated planning, targeting of funding and technical assistance, generating and testing hypothesis regarding priority species outcomes, identification of emerging issues likely to impact living resources and their habitats, and brainstorming solutions.
  • IMPLEMENT: To provide information and technical assistance needed to accelerate implementation of projects that are strategically placed, innovatively designed or of demonstrated successful design, outcome-oriented, and responsive.
  • EVALUATE: To promote and support the collection, synthesis, and trend analysis of monitoring data for Chesapeake Bay living resources to evaluate impacts of habitat management actions.
  • COMMUNICATE: To provide a forum for technical information transfer on restoration techniques and consolidation of performance data across various partner agencies and organizations.
  • ADAPT: To provide adaptive management recommendations regarding the Bay watershed’s priority habitats to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Management Board. Implementation Strategy 

The Habitat GIT and associated workgroups will meet periodically to:

  • Align annual work plan with priorities established by the Management Board;
  • Collaborate on implementation of on-the-ground habitat activities;
  • Track and report performance toward two-year milestones identified in the Chesapeake Action Plan annual progress report;
  • Advise Management Board on barriers to progress and recommend policy and administration changes to overcome such barriers.

  • Mike Slattery (Chair), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Jana Davis (Vice-Chair), Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Jennifer Greiner (Coordinator), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Hannah Martin (Staff), Chesapeake Research Consortium

  • Mary Andrews, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Suzanne Baird, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Alicia Berlin, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Gwen Brewer, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Bevin Buchheister, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Nancy Butowski, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Heather Cisar, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District
  • Sally Claggett, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Sean Corson , NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Dave Davis, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Patrick Devers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Jack Frye, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Robert Gano, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Jim Hedrick, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  • Tom Ihde, Versar NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Amy Jacobs, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Lee Karrh, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Bryan King, District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE)
  • Neely Law, Center for Watershed Protection
  • Wayne Lehman, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
  • Julie Mawhorter, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
  • Erin McLaughlin, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Callie McMunigal, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • David Norris, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Scott Phillips, USGS Chesapeake Bay
  • Peyton Robertson, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
  • Angie Sowers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District
  • Christopher Spaur, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Baltimore District
  • Bill Stack, Center for Watershed Protection
  • Douglas Stang, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Rich Starr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Steve Strano, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Ann Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Tony Watkinson, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
  • Alan Weaver, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Julie Winters, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Upcoming Events

    Habitat Goal Implementation Team Meeting-Fall 2014

    Location

    Date / Time:

    October 21, 2014 to October 22, 2014
    12:00am - 12:00pm

    Details:

    The two day meeting will be held in Harrisburg, PA at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Office.
    Agenda and meeting materials will be shared at a later date.

    The purpose of the Fall 2014 meeting of the Habitat Goal Implementation team is to engage state fish and wildlife experts in a Chesapeake landscape conservation planning and design effort to exemplify scalable, strategic habitat conservation in action. This meeting will also inform participants about the opportunity to influence management strategies being developed to achieve habitat outcomes in the Chesapeake Watershed Agreement signed by the Governors in June.


Past Meetings & Events



Habitat Goal Implementation Team Fact Sheet

A brief overview of the Habitat Goal Implementation Team and its workgroups.


    Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Outcome: Sustain and increase the habitat benefits of SAV (underwater grasses) in the Chesapeake Bay. Achieve and sustain the ultimate outcome of 185,000 acres of SAV Bay-wide necessary for a restored...

    Tree Canopy Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Tree Canopy Outcome: Continually increase urban tree canopy capacity to provide air quality, water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Expand urban tree canopy by 2,400 acres by 2025.

    Forest Buffer Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Forest Buffer Outcome: Continually increase the capacity of forest buffers to provide water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Restore 900 miles per year of riparian forest buffer and conserve existing buffers until...

    Fish Passage Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Fish Passage Outcome: Continually increase available habitat to support sustainable migratory fish populations in freshwater rivers and streams. By 2025, restore historical fish migratory routes by opening 1,000 additional stream miles,...

    Brook Trout Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Brook Trout Outcome: Restore and sustain naturally reproducing brook trout populations in Chesapeake headwater streams with an eight percent increase in occupied habitat by 2025.

    Stream Health Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Stream Health Outcome: Continually improve stream health and function throughout the watershed. Improve health and function of 10% of stream miles above the 2008 baseline for the watershed.

    Black Duck Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Black Duck Outcome: By 2025, restore, enhance and preserve wetland habitats that support a wintering population of 100,000 black ducks, a species representative of the health of tidal marshes across the watershed. Refine population...

    Wetlands Outcome Justification

    Publication date: | Type of document: Outcome | Download: Electronic Version

    Wetlands Outcome: Continually increase the capacity of wetlands to provide water quality and habitat benefits throughout the watershed. Create or re-establish 85,000 acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands and enhance the function of an...

    Chesapeake Bay Coordinated Split Sample Program Implementation Guidelines (Revision 3).

    Publication date: May 01, 1991 | Type of document: Report | Download: Electronic Version

    The major objective of the Coordinated Split Sample Program is to establish a measure of comparability between sampling and analytical operations for water quality monitoring basin wide. The second objective is to evaluate the in-matrix...

    1995-Synthesis of Nutrient and Sediment Data for Watersheds within the Chesapeake Bay Drainage Basin

    Publication date: January 01, 1995 | Type of document: SedimentReport | Download: Electronic Version

    Documents the findings of the two-year information gathering process of the strategy reevaluation but also recommends an approach for undertaking future toxics reduction and prevention actions in the Bay watershed.


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