Partnership Update

March 19, 2014

PGCLC Annual Meeting to Highlight Funding Opportunities for Conservation Projects

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 designed to help conservation organizations find funding from federal, state, corporate, and community sources.

Online registration will be available soon.

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.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Alabama Officials to Hold Community Conversations

Members of the public are invited to attend an upcoming series of Community Conversations to discuss Gulf restoration priorities and opportunities for south Alabama. Through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will allocate $356 million over the next five years to projects that benefit the natural resources of Alabama’s Gulf waters and coast.

These FREE workshops will begin with dinner at 5:30pm and conclude by 7:30pm. The first workshop was held on Tuesday, March 18 in Coden, AL. There is a workshop scheduled for TODAY, Wednesday, March 19 at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL 36527. The third workshop will be held Thursday, March 20 at the Gulf Shores Adult Activities Center, 260 Clubhouse Dr., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. Please contact: Jill Mastrototaro via email or call (504) 481-3659 for more details.

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

More information about registration, accommodation and agendas »

Large Tar Mat from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Found in Florida Waters

A crew from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) found a 1,250-pound tar mat along the shore of Pensacola Beach on Thursday, February 27. The mat measured about 9 feet long and 9 feet wide.  According to DEP team members, the affected section of the beach had been surveyed nine times since last June, when the state and BP agreed to discontinue daily beach surveys.

BP's contractors aren't allowed to go out in the surf deeper than their knees, so DEP's two inspectors used their shovels to dig up the lumps of tar and carry them to shore, where the contractors could bag them up for disposal. For more information, see the article in the Tampa Bay Times.

State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit Scheduled for March 24 - 27 in Houston, Texas

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the third State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit.  Goals for the Summit include:

  • Integrating science and restoration efforts to inform decision-making
  • Advancing restoration that contributes to the broader Gulf of Mexico ecosystem
  • Linking state, federal, and NGO restoration strategies
  • Building a common vision for Gulf restoration

Read more information »

BP Loses Latest Court Battle Over Oil Spill Settlement with Private Business

On Monday, March 3, a divided panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that businesses seeking money as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement need not prove they were directly harmed by the accident and its aftermath to collect payments. The ruling is likely to be appealed by BP to the full 5th Circuit Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs continue to argue that BP can't rewrite the deal it agreed to. Read the article in the Times Picayune »

NOAA Announces Funding Opportunity for Coastal Resilience Networks. Deadline is April 11, 2014.

NOAA is seeking proposals for activities that will enhance the resilience of coastal communities regarding natural hazard and climate risks through a local, regional, or national network.  The projects associated with this announcement will directly support the following objectives:

  1. An informed society anticipating and responding to a changing climate and its impacts.
  2. The pursuit of risk-wise strategies based on sound risk and vulnerability assessment methods and risk behavior and communication principles.
  3. The protection of ecosystem services through conservation strategies to improve climate adaptation and hazard resilience.

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More than 20 Years After Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Otters Declared Recovered in Prince William Sound

Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill injured wildlife off the coast of Alaska, a new report issued by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that sea otters have returned to pre-spill numbers within the most heavily oiled areas of Prince William Sound. 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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