Partnership Update

February 7, 2014

Save the Date! The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Annual Meeting is Slated for May 12 - 13 in the Mobile, AL Area

Mark your calendar and make plans to join us. On the agenda:

  • Adoption of the Conservation Vision
  • Conversation with oil spill funding decision-makers
  • Expert advice on fundraising for land conservation and basic operations

The Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund is Currently Accepting Applications

With a $500,000 grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation, the PGCLC through the Galveston Bay Foundation will implement the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund, a matching grant program for PGCLC member organizations. The program 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.

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.

Individual organizations may submit applications for more than one project, but only one project per organization may receive funding prior to June 1, 2014. After June 1, 2014, multiple projects by one organization may receive funding. Projects that meet the eligibility and application requirements will generally be funded, but the review committee will have final discretion on all funding determinations.

The Fund will be administered by the Galveston Bay Foundation.  For more information, contact Matthew Singer at (281) 332-3381 ext. 206 or via email.

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

See more information about registration, accommodation and agendas »

Forever Wild Land Trust in Alabama Hosts Listening Sessions

The Board of Trustees of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program has scheduled a series public meetings to get input for long-range planning for the program. The Trustees would like public input regarding future Forever Wild land acquisitions, anticipated activities on currently held Forever Wild lands and anticipated activities of the Forever Wild Land Trust Board.

The first meeting was held in January.  The upcoming meetings will be held at 6 pm with dates and locations listed below:

  • February 20, 2014 Five River Delta Resource Center Spanish Fort, Ala., 36527
  • February 27, 2014 Jefferson State Community College – Shelby Campus Birmingham, Ala., 35242

In addition to these public listening sessions, the public can provide written comments through the Forever Wild website »

Farm Bill Finally Passed by House and Senate.  Conservation Programs Funded

The Land Trust Alliance recommends that conservation groups thank their members of congress who voted for the Farm Bill. Read a discussion of the conservation measures included in the bill »

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Longleaf Stewardship Fund Proposal Deadline is February 13, 2014

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range. Specifically, the Longleaf Stewardship Fund seeks to achieve the following conservation outcomes this grant round:

  • Restore an additional 11,000 to 16,000 acres of longleaf pine on public and private lands (approximately 10 percent of The Initiative’s annual restoration goal).
  • Maintain or enhance through burning 125,000 to 165,000 acres of longleaf pine on public or private lands (approximately 10 percent of The Initiative’s annual prescribed fire goal).
  • Increase populations of longleaf ecosystem keystone or umbrella species (such as the Bachman’s sparrow, bobwhite quail, red-cockaded woodpecker, and gopher tortoise).
  • Involve more than 300 private landowners in longleaf stewardship practices that directly contribute to the restoration, enhancement and wildlife objectives described above, and support working forests by demonstrating their environmental and socioeconomic benefits.

Read more information »

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program Grant Opportunity 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
  • 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. Read more information »

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Grant Deadline Set for February 21, 2014

The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program will accept grant applications through Friday, February 21, 2014. SFI is seeking to fund projects that illustrate, inform, or improve the role of the SFI standard. It is expected that the majority of these funds will support projects in the following five categories: Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity.Read more information »

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.  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. Read more information »

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. Read more information or download the draft plan »

Restoration Success: Everglades' Wading Bird Population Rises

According to a report from the South Florida Water Management District, the population of nesting wading birds in the greater Everglades ecosystem increased by than 50 percent in 2013. Ecologists recorded 48,291 wading-bird nests across South Florida. The news is especially welcome after three years of low population numbers. Bird conservationists are elated with the news. According to Tabitha Cale, spokeswoman for Audubon Florida, the birds are found where restoration projects have been put in place. Read more information »

Louisiana and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Agree on Changes to Mitigation Program

According to the Times-Picayune, developers in Louisiana’s coastal marshes now have to pay operators of privately-owned “mitigation banks” to rebuild wetlands, or must build their own mitigation projects. A new “in-lieu fee” agreement with the state allows developers to pay the state instead. Read more »

Invasive Plant Workshop Offered by Mississippi State University

Participants will learn to identify and manage 40 different invasive plant species. The information will be useful to practitioners in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. The workshop will be held on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, Mississippi from 10:00am to 3:00pm. There is no cost to attend, but participants must register by contacting Dr. Chris Boyd at (228) 546-1025 or via email by February 10, 2014. Space is limited.

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. 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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