Virginia Coastal Program: 2009 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

Project Task:

10

Grantee:

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program Subcontract TBD

Project Title:

Eastern Shore Land Acquisition

Project Description as Proposed:

Since 1991 the Virginia CZM Program has been concerned about the loss of migratory bird stopover habitat at the tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Studies funded by the Coastal Program have shown that this area supports huge numbers of songbirds, raptors and other birds as they stop to rest and feed during their southward migration to Central and South America each fall. Virginia's CELCP Plan show this area as having 'Very High' ecological value and a recent biodiversity assessment by Virginia's Natural Heritage Program also shows it being of extremely high value. Development pressures in this area had increased until the recent recession. Now land values are becoming more affordable making this an excellent time to buy land for conservation purposes.

Land acquisition or easements remain the best protection tool we have. FY ’03, FY ’04, FY ‘05 and FY’06 funds were used to purchase percentages of the Bull tract which is just south of the Dept. of Game Inland Fisheries “GATR” tract and east of route 13. This area falls within the southern tip “critical habitat” area defined by the VA CZM Program funded research conducted in 1990-1992. FY’ 07 and ’08 funds, along with the $200,000 in proceeds from the May 2008 James Taylor benefit concert, have been targeted for a 26 acre acquisition that is currently an in-holding at Kiptopeke State Park.

For an acquisition using FY 2009 funds, the Virginia CZM Program will rely on guidance from the “Southern Tip Partners,” an interagency group formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by agency heads, who are collaboratively prioritizing additional parcels for acquisition of migratory bird habitat on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. About 26 parcels have been identified that together comprise about 2,000 acres. FY 2009 funds will be targeted toward a single parcel in the southern tip.

Federal Funding:

$200,000

Project Contact:

Laura McKay, 804.698.4323; Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

Project Status:

10/1/2009 - 9/30/2010

Final Product Received:

Project Summary Provided by Grantee:

Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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