Partnership Update

July 9, 2014

Rally 2014 Registration is Open

Join your fellow land conservationists at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Providence, Rhode Island for great field experiences, workshops and seminars. Early registration ends July 21, 2014.

NRDA Trustees Release Final Plan for Phase III Restoration Projects

On June 26, the NRDA Trustees released the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Phase III restoration projects. This document summarizes the public comments submitted regarding the draft plan, notes areas of controversy, and describes the environmental impacts of the proposed projects. There were no substantive changes made to the forty-four (44) proposed projects during PEIS process. News reports suggest that the Texas Trustee may not sign the final agreement and it is unclear what that will mean for the process. The PGCLC and other conservation organizations will continue to communicate with the Trustees even though the formal public comment process has ended. Read the PEIS or the executive summary »

Matching Funds Available through the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund (Project Assistance Fund)

PGCLC member organizations are eligible for matching funds through the Project Assistance Fund to prepare land protection projects for funding through oil spill restoration programs or other sources. PGCLC member organizations may apply for matching funds at any time. The Fund is being administered by the Galveston Bay Foundation through a generous grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation.  For more information, contact Matthew Singer by email or call (281) 332-3381 ext. 206.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program Pre-proposals Due by July 14, 2014

The Land Trust Alliance reports that the 2014 Farm Bill created an innovative new program called the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP allows local and state groups to develop projects that are important to them and then work jointly with NRCS to carry them out.

USDA recently released an Announcement of Program Funding (APF) for the RCPP and stated that over the five-year life of the Farm Bill, some $1.2 billion in funding would be available. USDA is making $400 million available in the first year. Entities interested in applying for the RCPP need to go through a two-step application process: 1) submit a preproposal by July 14; and 2) if selected, submit a full proposal by September 26. Final selections will be made by October 17.

The RCPP represents a new approach to conservation because it allows partnerships to address specific natural resource concerns in areas that are important to them. It is very much a place-based program and land trusts are encouraged to work with other partners to submit a pre-proposal.
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Bayou Land Conservancy Finds Couches and Copperheads during Summer Clean-up

Bayou Land Conservancy celebrated the first day of summer by organizing 40 volunteers on Saturday, June 21 to clean up a section of the Spring Creek Greenway, the longest urban forested contiguous corridor in the country. In addition to three discarded couches, volunteers found an angry copperhead. View photo album »

Job Opportunities

Communications Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign

The Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign is seeking a Communications Coordinator to play a key role in building nationwide awareness and support for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of Audubon, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation. The coordinator will work closely with other staff members to create and produce content for web and print, conduct media outreach, and distribute key information to campaign. View the complete job description »

Gulf Coast Policy Officer, Oxfam America

Oxfam America is seeking to hire a Gulf Coast Policy Officer to work with partners, allies and policymakers, primarily in Mississippi and Alabama, on coastal restoration, economic development and community resilience issues. The position will be based on the coast. The job is a mix of a bit of grant-making to community partners, advocacy and campaigning and government affairs. View the complete job description »

Contact

Julia Weaver
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS
Email | (228) 219-2279

The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is organized under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance, which provides administrative and fiscal support.

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