Dune Restoration, Invasive Species Control at Naval Air Station Oceana, Dam Neck Annex, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by the Department of the Navy (DoN) which provides professional and technical support for its Environmental Program in order to facilitate successful implementation of Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans in support of the military mission. The authority for this Cooperative Agreement is 16 USC §670c-1 (Sikes Act). Substantial involvement is expected between the Navy and nonfederal cooperator when carrying out the activities specified in the scope of work and may include activities such as the Navy’s involvement in the development of study methodology, data gathering and analysis; review of work plans, reports and all deliverables; providing staff time to oversee and participate in the project.
This proposed project contributes to the objectives of the CESU network by providing usable knowledge to support informed decision making; creating and maintaining effective partnerships among the federal agencies and universities to share resources and expertise; encouraging professional development of current and future federal scientists, resource managers, and environmental leaders; and managing federal resources effectively. In addition, this work is consistent with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed CESU mission of providing research, technical assistance, and education to federal land management, environmental, and research agencies within marine, coastal, and terrestrial ecosystems of Virginia.
Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex (DNA) is located along the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The installation’s beaches and dune systems play a key role in the Navy’s training mission as well as serve to protect natural and man-made environments from ocean related erosion. Efforts to restore, stabilize, and preserve dunes are crucial to protecting the natural and man-made environment at the installation.
A Dune Delineation Report completed March 2014 identified approximately 39-acres of primary and 123-acres of secondary dunes on the installation. The report found that primary dunes at DNA occur as one contiguous segment; however, the secondary dunes have been negatively impacted by development, multiple beach access points, and training routes that meander throughout dunes.
The Navy has implemented several nonstructural techniques at the installation to restore, stabilize and preserve dune habitats to include: installation of exclusion signs to discourage access; deployment of sand fencing; repurposing discarded Christmas trees; planting of native vegetation; and controlling non-native invasive species. The Navy has identified that non-native invasive plant species have invaded the dunes at DNA and are threatening the native biodiversity of the dunal habitat.
The DNA Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan (INRMP) includes management activities and projects to implement conservation efforts that stabilize and restore dune habitats on the installation. These efforts support Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic implementation of shoreline and dune stabilization and conservation/habitat restoration efforts along the coastal region of DNA.
The project will be presented as a base year with four optional years. The base year is the only year that is currently funded. Optional years will be initiated and accepted by US Navy only when funded is available. Options are detailed below.
Use the following links to access the full request:
Full RSOI Dune CESU_final
Scope of Work (SOW) Dune CESU_final