[CT Birds] RFP for Conservation Plan for Macedonia Forest Focal Area

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Fri Apr 8 12:06:17 EDT 2016

Dear CT Birding Community,

	Conservation planning is a critical component of the Important Bird Area (IBA) program, providing Audubon, landowners, land managers and other stakeholders with a strategic, science-based approach for future conservation and habitat management activities.  A conservation plan identifies threats and conservation goals, defines actions that will maintain and protect key species, and outlines opportunities to engage landowners and other interested parties in the conservation, monitoring, and outreach activities.   

	Audubon Connecticut is currently seeking proposals from colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, consultants or qualified individuals to develop a conservation plan for the Macedonia Forest Focal Area in northwestern, CT.  

The Macedonia Forest Focal Area stretched from the CT/NY border in Kent, CT, east to the Housatonic River and north to Rte. 4 in Sharon, CT.  Named one of the last great places in Connecticut by The Nature Conservancy, it includes Macedonia Brook State Park, Audubon Sharon, The Stanley Works Coop and Skiff Mountain Coop Wildlife Management Areas, and parcels owned by the Pond Mountain Trust, the Weantinogue Heritage Trust, the National Park Service, the Sharon and Kent Land Trusts and the Trust for Public Land.   The focal area is important to bird species of global concern, included both Cerulean Warbler and Wood Thrush.  It also supports a wide diversity of forest nesting birds of regional concern and several species of state concern.  

The plan should utilize the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (http://www.conservationmeasures.org/) developed by the Conservation Measures Partnership.   Using Miradi adaptive management software, the Open Standards provide a framework for planning, implementing, monitoring, analyzing, learning from, and adapting conservation projects.  The plan should be no more than 20 pages* and should focus on:
1)	What makes the focal area important to bird species of conservation concern and which areas are most important
2)	Threats to the focal area and the birds it supports (ex. habitat loss, lack of diversity in forest age)
3)	Special considerations (such as landscape scale considerations, non-avian endangered or threatened species to consider, and any particularly relevant historical information). 
4)	Identification of conservation targets and goals
5)	Conservation actions that will reduce threats to conservation targets and allow goals to be reached. 
6)	Which metrics to use to measure the success of the plan in reaching the conservation goals.

The full Request for Proposals can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/MacedoniaRFP 

Proposals should be submitted by April 30th, 2016.   For additional information on the Macedonia Forest Focal Area, to submit proposals, or if you have questions, contact:

Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe
IBA Program Coordinator
Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488
Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org

Thank you!

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