Partnership Update

November 1, 2012

The Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) Becomes 28th Member of PGCLC

TALT has partnered with farmers and ranchers to conserve 128,000 acres since its formation in 2007. TALT protects Texas’ legacy of wide open spaces in all areas of the state, including the Gulf of Mexico region.  Welcome TALT! Learn more.

PGCLC Launches Conservation Vision Project

With technical assistance from the Land Trust Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the PGCLC will develop a Conservation Vision that reflects the conservation priorities of our 28 partner organizations. The conservation vision will include a map and a narrative that will allow us to communicate our priorities to policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The project will consist of 1) compilation of existing conservation plans from partner organizations; 2) a workshop in 2013 for Partners to establish criteria and priorities; and 3) creation of the map and narrative.  More information will be coming soon regarding how you can participate.

More Nations Protect Coastal and Marine Waters

Efforts to set aside conservation zones in the world's oceans are picking up steam, putting countries on a path to reach an international goal of setting aside 10 percent of coastal and marine waters as marine-protected areas by 2020. According to Mark Spalding, Marine Scientist with The Nature Conservancy, the growth rate of protected areas has been 35% per year since 2010. Learn more.

USDA Conservation Programs Lost for 2013?  If Congress fails to enact a Farm Bill in December, funds for $500 million in conservation easement funding will be lost. The Land Trust Alliance encourages land trust staffs, supporters, and board members to visit www.farmbillnow.com and use the site’s easy tools to contact members of Congress.

Habitat Restoration Sign-on Letter

Show your support for coastal and estuarine habitat restoration by reviewing and signing the letter. View the letter.

The letter urges our national leaders to make habitat restoration a top priority by enhancing or maintaining the critical funding for programs that protect and restore critical coastal, estuarine, and freshwater habitat.   Deadline for signatures is Friday, November 9, 2012. For questions: please email Diane Hoskins, dhoskins@estuaries.org.

Mardi Gras Trumps Trial

Federal Judge Carl Barbier has postponed the trial between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP until after Mardi Gras, siting concerns over traffic and congestion. The trial is designed to identify the causes of BP's deadly well blowout and assign percentages of fault to the companies involved in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project. Mardi Gras is Feb. 12, but parades begin weeks earlier.

Louisiana Asks for Separate Jury Trial for Economic Losses

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell (R) asked Judge Carl Barbier give the state permission to go ahead with a separate trial focused on economic losses, such as lost tax revenue, royalties and fees, due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. According to Louisiana, BP has said in closed-door meetings that the company is allowed to offset future damage payments by the income the state has earned from economic activity generated by the massive cleanup efforts. Learn more.

Tips for Fundraisers: Understanding Wealthy Donors

A recent study by Bank of America and Indiana University found that 95% of the country’s wealthiest households gave to charity last year, but their giving declined by 7% compared to 2009. Other findings:

  • Wealthy people give their largest gifts to religious institutions, followed by education groups.
  • More donors have provided support for general operations this year than in previous years.
  • Donors said they were more likely to give up when groups disappointed them than in previous years.
  • The wealthy expressed the belief that individuals are more capable of solving social problems than any other entity. They ranked nonprofits second, with 30 percent saying they had strong confidence in the ability of nonprofits to meet domestic and global challenges. Ratings for government institutions were strikingly lower, with 75 percent of wealthy people saying they had hardly any confidence in Congress, compared with 9 percent who gave nonprofits such low marks.
  • Fifty percent of those surveyed said they would give the same amount they do now even if they could not get a federal tax deduction.

View more information about the study.

Webinar: Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation

Representatives of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Department of Defense will discuss landscape conservation initiatives and partnerships to conserve open space. Wednesday, November 7, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time. Registration information.

Upcoming Events

2012 Alabama Sierra Club Fall Retreat
November 9 -11, 2012

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission annual public hearing
November 8, 2012

Clean Gulf Conference
November 12 -15, 2012

2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium
November 14 - 15, 2012

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Meeting
November 21, 2012

Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality Meeting
November 22, 2012

Louisiana Smart Growth Summit
November 26 - 28, 2012

Louisiana Governor's Advisory Commission Meeting
December 5, 2012

Alabama Environmental Management Commission Meeting
December 14, 2012

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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