Partnership Update

February 25, 2014

PGCLC Annual Meeting Set for May 12-13 in Point Clear, Alabama

The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at The Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama on Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13 in conjunction with the Gulf States Assembly sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance Southeast Programs Office. Make plans to join us. On the agenda:

  • Unveiling of the PGCLC Conservation Vision which represents the shared land conservation priorities of the land trust community in the Gulf region;
  • Conversations with Tom Kelsch, Director of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund and Bethany Kraft, External Affairs Director for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council;
  • Workshops on federal conservation programs, fundraising strategies, building effective boards, and financing strategies for land conservation projects.

Registration and accommodation information will be available by March 15.

The Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund is Accepting Applications

PGCLC member organizations are encouraged to apply for matching funds through the Project Assistance Fund to prepare high quality land acquisition projects for potential funding through Gulf restoration funds such as NFWF, NRDA, RESTORE Act and NAWCA.

Grant funds may be used to cover third party expenses incurred by PGCLC member organizations, including but not limited to appraisals, appraisal reviews, surveys and legal descriptions, title review, legal review, baseline documentation reports, and environmental assessments.  Indirect or general overhead will not be covered.  The maximum award amount for an individual project is $25,000.  Awards may cover up to 50% of eligible pre-acquisition costs.

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 via email or call (281) 332-3381 ext. 206.

Federal Judge Carl Barbier Sets Dates for Penalty Phase of BP Trial

According to Fuel Fix, a Houston-based energy publication, the federal judge overseeing the BP trial has ordered BP and U.S. attorneys to meet next month to discuss how the “penalty phase” in BP’s oil spill trial will proceed.  Legal experts have said it appears unlikely BP and the U.S. government will settle the multibillion-dollar dispute before Judge Barbier begins issuing a series of rulings connected to two earlier phases in the trial.

Barbier is expected to rule soon on how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and other issues, including whether BP was grossly negligent in the lead up to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.  Those rulings will trigger the penalty phase, in which Barbier must decide on another series of questions to set BP’s fines under the Clean Water Act. The fines could cost BP up to $18 billion. Read more »

Webinar Offered on Exploratory Scenario Planning for Large Landscape Conservation

Offered by the Practitioner’s Network for Landscape Scale Conservation, this webinar will cover the fundamentals of scenario planning and feature two case studies covering how scenario planning is used to inform landscape-scale conservation efforts in real world settings.  Joe Marlow, a land economist with the Sonoran Institute, will provide a comprehensive introduction to scenario planning, including a brief history of scenario planning and how to conduct a scenario planning process.

Stephen Aldrich, president of Bio-Era, will discuss his experience using scenario planning to strengthen the preparedness and adaptive capacity of the Hudson River Estuary Watershed to meet the impacts of future climate change. Kent Redford, principal at Archipelago Consulting, will discuss Futures of the Wild, a project of the Wildlife Conservation Society Futures Group. This formal scenario process outlined six future scenarios that might affect the ability of the Wildlife Conservation Society to achieve its mission. Register today »

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting for Priority Issue Teams Scheduled for May 19-21 in Mobile, AL

The 2014 GOMA Priority Issue Team meetings will take place May 19-21 in historic downtown Mobile, Alabama at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel. These meetings will be separate from the plenary portion of the All Hands meeting which is being incorporated in the 2014 Gulf Summit in Houston, TX. The Priority Issue teams are:

  • Coastal Community Resilience
  • Ecosystem Integration and Assessment
  • Environmental Education
  • Habitat Conservation and Restoration
  • Nutrient Impact Reduction to Coastal Ecosystems
  • Water Quality for Healthy Beaches and Seafood

View more information »

Advanced Workshop on Hydric Soils Offered

The Advanced Hydric Soils Class is offered by Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program. The class is designed to give participants experience with hydric soil evaluation using both field indicators and the latest monitoring technologies. The training will be field-based and participants will gain hands-on experience with soil description, identification of hydric soil field indicators and examination of problem sites. Target audiences include: Forestry Professionals, Mitigation Bank Managers, Natural Resource Managers, State and Federal Regulators, Consultants, and Wetland Professionals.

The course will be offered on March 11-12, 2014 at the Weeks Bay Reserve Resource Center in Fairhope, AL. More information »

Rand Corporation Study Offers Tools for Coastal Communities

A new report from the RAND Corporation highlights how policymakers can better develop strategies to restore and maintain coastal landscapes and reduce risks to coastal communities from storms like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.

The report describes two key analytic tools that can be used to evaluate how coastal protection and restoration decisions made now will play out over time, even given an uncertain future. For example, a community weighing whether to implement a marsh-building project now or in the future can use the tool to see how the project fares against different rates of rising sea levels over time.

View the study, “Strengthening Coastal Planning: How Coastal Regions Could Benefit from Louisiana's Planning and Analysis Framework” »

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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