Partnership Update

February 7, 2013

The Gulf Coast Environmental Restoration Council (Council) Releases Preliminary Plan

On January 29, 2013, the Council released ‘The Path Forward’ a draft plan that provides an overview of the way that the Council will invest the 30% of RESTORE Act funds that it oversees. A comprehensive plan is due July 6, 2013. According to the draft plan, the Council will adopt the goals set forth by the Ecosystem Restoration Task Force: 1) Restore and Conserve Habitat; 2) Restore Water Quality; 3) Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources; and 4) Enhance Community Resilience. View the draft plan.

The Gulf Coast Environmental Restoration Council (Council) Announces Public Meeting Schedule

As mentioned above, the Council has been directed by Congress to develop a comprehensive plan that will guide the expenditure of the RESTORE funds that they oversee by July 6, 2013. Congress has furthered directed that the plan should include a list of projects to be funded in the first three years of the program. A series of public meetings has been scheduled to get input on the projects that should be included in the plan. Three of the meetings are in Louisiana, with one each in Mississippi and Florida:

February 19, 5:00PM
Terrebonne Civic Center
Houma, LA

February 19, 5:00PM
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
Biloxi, MS

February 20, 5:00PM
University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center Ballroom
New Orleans, LA.

February 21, 5:00PM
Lake Charles Civic Center
Lake Charles, LA

February 28, 6:00PM
Gulf Coast State College
Panama City Beach, FL

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces All Hands Meeting

The general membership meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is referred to as the ‘All Hands’ meeting. The event will be held June 25 – 27 at the Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Florida. One of the highlights of the event will be the announcement of the recipients of this year’s Gulf Guardian Awards. The public is invited to attend. Read more >>

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team (HCRT) Announces Meeting in Biloxi, MS

The HCRT will meet in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino on March 18, 2013. Sub-committees on sea level rise, sediment management, and partnerships with industry will provide reports. Please email Suraida Nañez-James to RSVP.

Florida Invites the Public to Submit Projects for RESTORE Act Funding

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has created an online project submittal form for public input to guide RESTORE Act projects.  Priority will be give to projects that address the following: 1) stormwater/wastewater infrastructure; 2) community resilience/living shorelines; 3) water quality; 4) agricultural best management practices; and 5) fish and wildlife habitat. Read more >>

Wetlands Restoration Project on Lake Pontchartrain Shoreline Gains Approval

According to the Times-Picayune, a federal-state coastal restoration task force has approved construction of a $26 million project to restore wetlands at the mouth of Bayou Bonfouca on the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline in St. Tammany Parish, and a $32 million project to rebuild more than 500 acres of wetlands near Lost Lake in Terrebonne Parish.   Read more >>

GO COAST 2020 Releases Plan for Economic and Environmental Restoration in Mississippi

The plan provides guiding principles for investments in tourism, infrastructure, seafood, and environmental restoration. According to the plan, environmental restoration will focus on 1) healthy water resources, 2) habitat conservation; 3) sustainable living coastal and marine resources; and 4) resilient coastal communities. Read the report >>

Mississippi Begins Search for New Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Mississippi’s Commission on Marine Resources is inviting the public to weigh in on the qualities needed for the next leader of the Department of Marine Resources. Read more >>

The PGCLC Launches Funding Campaign with Partners

The PGCLC has asked its partners to make a financial contribution for operating expenses. This will allow the organization to continue work on the Conservation Vision and other key projects. We are grateful to the Galveston Bay Foundation, the Pelican Bay Conservancy, and the Trust for Public Land for being the first to pledge financial support.

Land Trust Alliance National Conference to be held in New Orleans, LA.  Call for Presentations is Open

Rally will be held in New Orleans September 17 – 19, 2013. Land Trusts from the Gulf states are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops, field trips and seminars. Share your expertise with land conservation practitioners from across the nation. Call for presentations >>

REMEMBER the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation will meet in New Orleans on September 16, 2013

Climate Adaptation Training for Coastal Communities
February 27 – 28, 2013, 9:00AM - 4:30PM
March 1, 2013, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Mississippi State University
Coastal Research and Extension Center
1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532

Learn how to protect your community from potential problems caused by a changing climate. This interactive three-day training costs $30 which
covers snacks, lunch, and materials. Registration closes on February 20, 2013 unless otherwise indicated. Fee should be paid or purchase order issued prior to start of the training. No refunds of fee after the close of registration.

Reserve your place today!  A limited number of scholarships are available to assist with travel for participants living 50 miles or greater from workshop location. To register for this event, please email Mike Shelton or call 251-928-9792.

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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