Notification of Funding Opportunity.  Project Title: Natural Resource Stewardship Communication. The goal of this project is to apply social science research to the design of communication strategies that decrease visitors' improper/illegal behavior towards natural resources in parks.  The full announcement is on grants.gov or can be downloaded here; Funding Opportunity #: P18AS00182. If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: Steve Livingston, Contract Specialist, Phone 303-969-2690, steve_livingston@nps.gov. Closing date for applications is May 25, 2018. Questions can be directed to Sara Melena at sara_melena@nps.gov.

For universities, non-profits, and state and tribal governments with an interest in building the next generation of national park stewards. The CCRP issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity on Friday to canvas for a new partner to implement the 2019 Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) Internship Program. The FPL supports paid internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work in national parks on high priority needs related to novel, rapid, and/or large landscape change. Program requirements and instructions to apply can be found by selecting Package -> Preview -> Download Instructions. The deadline is June 22, 2018. Please direct questions to Steve Livingston by May 18, 2018 at steve_livingston@nps.gov or 303-969-2690.

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The North Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) engages federal agency scientists and managers, in collaboration with academic and other non-federal scientists and students, to understand how fundamental ecosystem functions and processes are affected by increasing urban development, climate change, and other stressors, and then to devise management strategies for preserving and restoring coastal ecosystems, cultural resources, and maritime heritage.

The North Atlantic Coast CESU is part of a National Network of 17 regional CESUs encompassing the Nation. Over 200 academic institutions and more than 50 other non-federal partners, along with 13 federal agencies are associated with the National CESU Network. This Network is among the largest of collaborative research partnerships addressing natural and cultural resource stewardship in the United States. The CESU Network provides high quality science, usable knowledge for resource managers, responsive technical assistance, education opportunities, and cost-effective research.

  • Federal agencies acquire information to make science-based decisions
  • Research opportunities for students, faculty and researchers
  • Collaborative opportunities between agency and non-federal scientists
  • Educational opportunities for students and agency managers

The geographic scope of the North Atlantic Coast CESU includes the coastal zone from Maine to Virginia, with activities including all ecosystem types of coastal watersheds and the ocean, including barrier islands, estuaries, salt and freshwater wetlands, terrestrial and ocean/marine environments, among others.