NEIWPCC, in cooperation with the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the LISS Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Work Group (HRSWG), is inviting proposals to conduct a review of existing, local coastal habitat connectivity data and ecosystem models for feasibility and use in the Long Island Sound.
The purpose of this project is to develop a path forward for tracking habitat connectivity within Long Island Sound in order to meet the goals outlined in the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Within this plan, a goal of the Habitat Connectivity Ecosystem Target is to increase connectivity of coastal habitat by 2035 by restoring and/or protecting habitat patches that increase biodiversity and support migratory pathways. Despite the efforts and success to restore and protect these coastal habitats, the LISS and the HRSWG have found it challenging to track and target habitats for increasing connectivity. Through literature and data review, this project will inform habitat restoration and stewardship efforts in the Long Island Sound coastal watershed.
Total funding for this work is estimated at $35,000, and the deadline for proposals is noon on Feb. 22, 2022.
For questions regarding submission of proposals, please contact Jordan Bishop.