Date: 10/25/18 7:39 am
From: Craig Repasz via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Meeting on Tuesday November 13th
The Connecticut Ornithological Association encourages your attendance at a public meeting for an update on Connecticut's effort to identify and propose a location for a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), on Tuesday November 13th, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the second floor Auditorium of the Academic Building at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus in Groton CT.
The NERR system is a federal/state partnership that establishes a location dedicated to estuarine research, monitoring, education, and stewardship. A Connecticut-based Reserve would complement and extend many existing scientific, environmental management, and education activities through the addition of funding, resources, and expertise. Additionally, it would help identify and enable new directions and initiatives by leveraging national programs.

Bird conservation is always based on preserving habitat. The NERR site could be potential habitat as well as a source of data for better land management. As much as $1 million a year in funding for scientific research will be earmarked for both sections of the reserve, to be funneled to scientists engaged in researching water quality, habitat quality, birds, fish and wildlife, and other topics.
Since the Spring of 2016, members of a multi-disciplinary team have worked to identify, evaluate, and recommend a potential Reserve. This meeting will provide a forum to share the results of their efforts, to describe the site proposed for nomination, and to provide an overview of what the next stages of the process will entail. Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will also attend the meeting to answer questions about the national system. Most importantly, this will also be an opportunity to find out more about what establishing a Reserve means, to ask questions, and to provide your comments. NOAA will announce meeting details in a Federal Register Notice no later than October 29, 2018, and notice will also be provided via local newspapers. An agenda and informational material are found on this website (www.ct.gov/deep/NERR).
Sincerely

Craig Repasz
Connecticut Ornithological Association
Conservation Chair


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