Partnership Update

January 10, 2014

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trustees Extend Gulf Restoration Plan Comment Period to February 19, 2014

Responding to requests from the public, the public review and comment period for the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (draft) has been extended. The draft, which proposes $627 million in early restoration projects across the Gulf states is now available for public review and comment through February 19 rather than February 4, the original deadline. View more information or download the draft plan »

2014 North America Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant Program Deadlines Announced.  Funds Available for Projects to Benefit Birds Affected by the BP Oil Spill

After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, BP was required to pay fines to settle violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. These monies will begin to be available in 2014 to fund projects that provide conservation benefits to affected habitats or populations of certain bird species.

According to guidance from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, projects must clearly demonstrate conservation benefits to affected habitats or populations of species listed in the NAWCA Priority Bird Crosswalk list and Richness Density map that winter, breed, or migrate through areas affected by the spill. Additional guidance may be forthcoming.

Applicants must demonstrate a nexus between their project and the migratory bird species and other wildlife and habitat affected by the Gulf spill. They should provide the best available science-based information (banding information, telemetry, etc.) indicating that the population(s) of species targeted in the proposal also use habitats along the Gulf of Mexico affected by the Spill.  The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will use this information to make a final eligibility determination.

Submission dates for U.S. Standard Grant completed proposals are February 28 and July 7, 2014. More information »

The PGCLC to Launch Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund

With a $500,000 grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation, the PGCLC will implement a matching grant program for PGCLC member organizations in early 2014. The program, entitled ‘The Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund’, is designed to help organizations prepare high quality land acquisition projects for potential funding through Gulf restoration funds such as NFWF, NRDA, RESTORE Act and NAWCA. The matching grants can cover costs such as appraisals and reviews, surveys, title and legal work, baselines and environmental assessments for fee and easements acquisitions.

The Knobloch Family Foundation believes that strategic conservation projects that have an accurate budget and detailed project description are most likely to be funded through oil spill restoration funding opportunities and other conservation programs. The Fund will be administered by the Galveston Bay Foundation for the PGCLC.

The PGCLC Seeks Input for Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program.

Would you like to increase your organization’s ability to raise money from your local community? Do you need expert advice regarding complex land transactions? Let us know how the PGCLC can help your organization prosper in 2014. All PGCLC members are invited to complete the Capacity Building survey at this link by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. It should take three to five minutes to complete. Take survey »

The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico Program Announces Job Opportunity

TNC’s Gulf of Mexico Program is hiring for an Associate Director of Marketing.  Location is flexible within the Gulf of Mexico region.  The Associate Marketing Director is a collaborative member of the Gulf Program leadership team and bears primary responsibility for developing communications and marketing tools to meet Gulf conservation goals – especially as related to securing funding and public support for large-scale environmental restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.  The deadline for application is Wednesday, January 15. For more information, visit the website (search position # 41684) »

Invasive Species Prevention Course Offered by Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

A training course will be offered January 27 and 28 for natural resource managers. Participants will be able to:

  • Use five integrated steps to identify potential pathways for invasive species and control measures;
  • Draft plans with prescribed ranges, limits or criteria and corrective actions; and
  • Create a reference source documenting best management practices and procedures.

A Train the Trainer course will also be provided on January 29 – 30.  Pre-registration for each course if required. For more information, contact Rosalyn Kilcollins at 850-670-7708 or via email.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program Grant Deadline Set for February 5, 2014

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program will fund projects that include:

  • On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration;
  • Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum;
  • Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits; and
  • Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.

The application deadline is Wednesday, February 5, 2014. More information »

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Hosts 2014 Conference

The 2014 GOMRI conference will be held January 26 - 29 in Mobile, Alabama. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Ecosystem assessment, vulnerability, and resilience: integrated cause and effect studies and trends across disciplines
  • Ongoing science, technology, monitoring, and mitigation strategies with respect to the DWH Oil spill response: What is needed to prepare for, support, and manage future hydrocarbon exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Valuing ecosystem services and quantifying effects of oil spills on ecosystem services through environmental, public health, and socioeconomic science
  • Promoting scientific literacy, perception, and expectations about oil spill research among stakeholders.

Read more information »

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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