Partnership Update

October 18, 2012

Can You Spare 2 Minutes? Take action at Farmbillnow.com

The policy team at the Land Trust Alliance urges action on the Farm Bill before the year ends. There's a new, easy way to support passage of a Farm Bill that would provide $1.58 billion for land trusts to buy easements:

Visit www.farmbillnow.com and enter your address. You'll see a pop up box with easy options to sign a petition and/or send a social media post to your representative. Pick a custom message to highlight conservation programs.

Oil Uncovered by Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana

BP has collected about 120,000 pounds more tar and oil material since the late-August hurricane than had been collected since January, which has led to more frustration from local officials. BP continues to downplay its responsibility in the clean-up. About 660 miles of Louisiana's shoreline where oil has shown up is no longer considered under "active response" by BP, meaning it's up to local governments or residents to report oil sightings to crews for testing before the U.S. Coast Guard contacts BP for cleanup. More >>

BP Settlement Rumors Swirl

Local officials in the Gulf Coast states continue to speak out against a potential settlement between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and BP that would increase penalties under the Natural Resources Damages Assessment and reduce funds from the Clean Water Act fines.  This kind of formula would reduce local control over expenditures, members of Congress complain.  BP would benefit from tax deductions associated with NRDA penalties.  Federal officials have not publicly commented on these rumors. More >>

Think Not Just Good, But Great

Congressman Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, urged commissioners from Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties (FL) during last week’s meeting on the RESTORE Act.  Southerland advised county authorities to think regionally when making plans for RESTORE Act projects. More >>

New Oil Slick could Complicate BP Liability Talks

A newly discovered oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico may complicate negotiations between the Justice Department and BP PLC on the company's liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and spill. The new oil sheen, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, matches crude that gushed from the Macondo well in 2010 (EnergyWire, Oct. 11).

The Clean Water Act Turns 40

The Clean Water Act has been instrumental in cleaning industrial waste, sewage and other pollutants from waterways across the country.  The Gulf of Mexico and other water bodies continue to be threatened by non-point source pollution. How will the nation meet the new pollution challenges? More >>

U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Grant Announced

This grant program supports urban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land. There are two grant categories:

  • Develop outreach that communicates the connection between the personal benefits of urban forests and quality of life within a community through community engagement.
  • Design an urban forestry recruitment program and retention strategies that support existing urban forestry academic curriculum.

Pre-proposals are due December 3, 2012. The application deadline is March 15, 2013. More >>

Pre-Proposals Invited for Longleaf Stewardship Fund

In partnership with government agencies and the Southern Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation established the Longleaf Stewardship Fund. Approximately $2.5 million to $3.5 million in total funding will be available, with awards ranging from $50,000 to $350,000 (depending on the category for which the applicant is requesting funds and the overall scale of the project). Projects must have a match of at least 1:1 in non-federal cash or in kind contributions, but larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive. Deadline for pre-proposals is November 13, 2012. More >>

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Invites Pre-Proposals for Southern Company Power of Flight

The Southern Company Power of Flight Program, a partnership between Southern Company, its four operating company affiliates (Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, provides grants to effect measurable benefits to key bird species and their habitats in the Southeast.  Approximately $600,000 in total funding is available, with the typical grant award ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services, of which at least 50 percent is from non-federal sources, is required.
Deadline for pre-proposals is November 13, 2012. More >>

The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and Into the Heart of the Gulf Spill

David Gessner’s new book has received accolades from the Southern Environmental Law Center. More >>

National Marine Educators Association Conference Set for Mobile, AL in 2013

NMEA 2013: Sea The Gulf: Join the Roux will bring over 400 state, national and international participants to the central Gulf coast in Mobile, AL in order to celebrate our ocean.  Please see the online conference registration form for details.

Registration is Open for the Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium

The Symposium will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14-15, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The theme for the two-day coastal symposium is “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture.” Presentation topics include climate and hazard resilience, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill science, habitat management and restoration, living estuarine resources, and water quality and quantity. The registration fee will be $50 for all attendees. View registration information.

Marine Debris Program Grant Opportunity Deadline is November 1, 2012

This funding supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish. More >>

Contact

Julia Weaver
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS
228-219-2279
jweaver@lta.org

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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Family and Fund Conserve 132-Acre Buffalo Ridge Farm

Family and Fund Conserve 132-Acre Buffalo Ridge Farm

NC- A family’s love of farming and funding from the Triangle Land Conservancy’s Our Water, Our Land campaign and Johnston County collaboratively conserved the Moore’s 132-acre family farm — Buffalo Ridge Farm.

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