Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan

Shafer assisted the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership develop their 2019–2023 Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) Revision over a 16-month period through a strategic planning process with the CHNEP Management Conference and invited public comment. Collectively, more than 100 citizen volunteers, scientists, engineers, resources managers, and elected officials contributed their time, essential knowledge, and informed opinions throughout the revision process. Shafer assisted with research, conference facilitation, public input, writing, design, and layout of the Plan. The comprehensive plan features four Action Plans: Water Quality Improvement; Hydrologic Restoration; Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Protection; and Public Engagement. Each Action Plan was developed sequentially, including a review of accomplishments from 2013–2018 and discussion of continuing and emerging challenges and opportunities. The 64 Actions and 412 Strategies of the previous 2013–2018 CCMP were consolidated, moved or restated, thereby streamlining the strategy with 15 Actions and 27 Activities, while adding detailed and updated information about Activity location and timeline, lead and responsible parties, and potential costs and funding sources.

Shafer also assisted with research, conference facilitation, and writing three supplemental documents, providing additional detailed strategies for CCMP implementation:

  • Monitoring Strategy (2020) outlines methodologies for tracking Performance Measures that indicate changes within the CHNEP area and the effectiveness of CCMP Actions and is relevant across all Action Plans
  • Finance Strategy (2020) describes the strategy for long-term financial sustainability to implement the CCMP through diverse resources and partners.
  • Communication and Outreach Strategy (2020) specified guiding principles and tactics for implementing the Public Engagement Action Plan to ensure community involvement and ownership in CCMP implementation.

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Project Locations

Manatee, Sarasota, Polk, Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee Counties, Florida


Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Dates of Work

Fall 2017 – Summer 2019


Issues research, strategic planning, stakeholder interviews and meeting facilitation, GIS mapping, writing, editing, graphic design & layout