EBTJV Briefing Reports with Recommendations
The EBTJV completed the first version of its action strategies for conserving brook trout (Conservation Strategy) in August 2007. These action strategies are aimed at achieving the EBTJV’s principal goals and are used to guide the partnership’s decision-making as well as measuring its progress and successes. The EBTJV Steering Committee purposely decided when it adopted the Conservation Strategy, that it would be a living document and therefore would be updated whenever it was warranted. In keeping with this precept, the Conservation Strategy was revised in November 2007, July 2008, and November 2011. However, the focus of these revisions centered primarily on changes to the regional and range-wide habitat objectives, which occurred as a result of periodic recommendations made by the Northern and Southern Workgroups. Since the Conservation Strategy has been in place for a little more than five years, it was the Steering Committee’s desire to initiate a full review of all components of the plan and so they tasked the EBTJV Coordinator with the responsibility of leading the effort of ensuring the Conservation Strategy is current, relevant, and realistic and is representative of the pertinent data and information that is now available. The results of the review are described in this document along with recommendations for action by the EBTJV Steering Committee.
This document contains an overview of the EBTJV priorities targeted by fish habitat conservation projects that received funding from the FWS NFHAP budget appropriations between 2006 and 2012.
An Assessment of the EBTJV’s Project Ranking Criteria Alignment with the National Fish Habitat Board’s Minimum Benchmark Set of Project Prioritization Criteria
The National Fish Habitat Board (Board) adopted a minimum benchmark set of fish habitat conservation project prioritization criteria at their February, 2013 meeting. These criteria are intended to ensure core tenets of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan are considered by Fish Habitat Partnership when ranking projects for funding. To ensure criteria the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV) uses to rank proposed fish habitat conservation projects are strongly aligned with the Board’s minimum benchmark set of project prioritization criteria, an assessment was undertaken and the outcome of that assessment is described in this document.
The EBTJV worked with River Network and Water Words That Work who were contracted to complete an organizational and communications assessment of our partnership; the final report summarizes the outcomes from these assessments.