Partnership Update

March 15, 2012

Private-Sector Agreement Reached with BP

An agreement was reached on March 2, 2102.  Conservationists look for hints of public sector framework. Learn more.

 

Senate passes RESTORE Act in Transportation Bill

Learn more about this.

 

Grant Funding

The NOAA Community-based Restoration Program and the FishAmerica Foundation announce grant funding to restore marine, estuarine and riparian habitats. The deadline is April 30th, 2012.  Awards range between $10,000 and $75,000 for each project. A non-federal match is required, and may be achieved through volunteer participation. Learn more.


Northern Gulf Coastal Program (FWS) will serve MS, AL, and LA

This new program is similar to those that have been serving the Texas and Florida coasts for several years.  The Coastal Programs provide resources to:

  • Restore or enhance degraded coastal wetlands and uplands, estuaries, and riparian corridors along the coasts;
  • Establish living shorelines as the primary means for protecting eroding shorelines in these coastal areas where appropriate, thereby steering coastal protection efforts away from hardening;
  • Form partnerships with private groups and government agencies to strategically restore, enhance, conserve, and protect coastal habitat and resources;
  • Implement the Strategic Habitat Conservation framework (www.fws.gov/southeast/SHC) to put the right conservation in the right places across the coastal landscape for the benefit of fish and wildlife.

Northern Gulf contact:  Patric_Harper@fws.gov
Upper Texas Coast contact: John_Huffman@fws.gov
South Texas Coast contact: Beau_Hardegree@fws.gov
Panama City area contact: Melody_Ray_-Culp@fws.gov
Tamp Bay area contact: Bryan_Pridgeon@fws.gov



The Forest Service announces Community Forest Grant Opportunity.  Deadline is May 15, 2012

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that provides financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits.
Program basics:

  • Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
  • Community Forests can be owned by local governments, Tribal Governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
  • The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match
  • Public access is required for CFP projects
  • The community is involved in the establishment of the community forest and long-term management decisions.

Learn more.



NOAA-TNC Community-based Habitat Restoration Grants deadline Is April 13, 2012

NOAA and TNC are looking to support community-based restoration of a diversity of habitat types and no habitats are excluded. They will consider any innovative restoration project nationwide that supports NOAA trust resources, and particularly those projects that have a multi-species benefit or emphasize Ecosystem-Based Management. A focal area of particular interest, though not exclusive or limiting, is native shellfish (bivalve) restoration projects.  There is a 1:1 federal match requirement.  Grants are typically between $25,000 and $85,000. Learn more.


NOAA Coastal Services Center Announces Coastal Resilience Networks Grant Opportunity

Letters of Intent are due by March 30, 2102.  Proposals must leverage, enhance, or create a system in which one or more coastal hazard issues can be addressed through partnerships to improve coordination and collaboration throughout the region. Partnerships must include multiple institutions, disciplines, and sectors at the local, state, and federal level. Learn more.


MOEX Settlement to Provide for Property Acquisition

MOEX Corporation, which had a small stake in the Macondo Well, will pay $70 million in civil penalties to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from the spill and agreed to spend $20 million to facilitate land acquisition projects in several Gulf states that will preserve and protect in perpetuity habitat and resources important to water quality and other environmental features of the Gulf of Mexico region. MOEX Offshore will ensure that properties within the states of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Florida are transferred to – or acquired by – state governments, non-profit groups, land trusts or other appropriate entities, to protect those properties from development. Learn more.


Walton Family Foundation Announces Grants for Habitat Restoration in the Lower Mississippi River Region

The deadline is April 15, 2012. These grants will support habitat restoration on frequently flood agricultural lands within the delta of AR, LA, and MS.  The primary purpose of this grant program is to advance projects that directly restore bottomland hardwood habitats and associated restoration (i.e. natural hydrology) and/or focus on reducing landowner impediments to accessing farm bill programs (and the subsequent delivery of wildlife habitat practices within those programs) in high priority geographies within the MAV (see details regarding allowable geographies and priority areas below). The WFF Conservation Grant will provide up to a total of $1.25 million in grants during calendar year 2012.  Contact Steve Brock by email at steve_c_brock@fws.gov or phone 601-529-4235 for more information.

The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is organized under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance which provides administrative and fiscal support.

Contact

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

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