Partnership Update

April 2, 2014

PGCLC Annual Meeting Scheduled for Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Registration Now Open

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.

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The registration fee for both days is $125/person (includes Monday reception and dinner, Tuesday lunch). The fee for Tuesday only is $100/person (includes Tuesday and lunch). Register early! After May 1, registration will increase to $135/person.

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.

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, Texas.

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 »

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.

View more information (search NOAA-NOS-CSC-2014-2003982) »

Galveston Bay Oil Spill Coincides with Bird Migration

Approximately 168,000 gallons of thick bunker fuel oil leaked from a barge into Galveston Bay after the barge collided with another vessel.  Conservationists were alarmed over the type of oil spilled and the timing, which coincides with the spring bird migration.

The concern comes as tens of thousands of birds are passing through the upper Texas coast on their annual flight north. But the worry also extends to the bay's oyster reefs and the shrimp, crabs and fish that rely on the coastal marshes for shelter and food. Read the article in the Houston Chronicle »

Galveston Bay Foundation and National Wildlife Federation Call for Investing in the Health of Galveston Bay

In a recent editorial in the Houston Chronicle, Bob Stokes and Amanda Fuller urged Texas leaders to recognize the on-going threats to Galveston Bay. According to Stokes and Fuller, the Bay region is a major center of commerce in the United States that supports the nation’s top port, major petrochemical industries, and an important fishery. The region usually does a great job balancing all of these different aspects of Galveston Bay. The March 22 "Texas City Y" oil spill serves to remind the region how fragile the balance really is.

“We've learned how busy and tight the Houston Ship Channel is, with 1,000 ocean-going vessels and 11,000 service vessels traversing the Texas City Y each month. We know that Galveston has lost significant habitat over the past 60 years. More than 35,000 acres of wetlands have disappeared, primarily due to man-induced subsidence. We lost nearly 90 percent of our underwater sea grasses in West Bay during that same period. And our oyster reefs have taken a huge hit, with massive amounts of shell mined in the 1960s and 1970s for use as road-building material. More recently, Hurricane Ike damaged or destroyed more than 50 percent of the Bay's reefs,” stated Stokes and Fuller.

If Texas leaders invest funds from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in long-term restoration and community resilience projects, Galveston Bay can continue to support the local economy and our local communities. Read the editorial »

New Study Quantifies Economic Impact of Coastal Restoration in Louisiana

Under Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year coastal restoration plan, the economy would see a boost from construction, cost savings from lower insurance and less hurricane damage, and the creation of a coastal science industry with the potential for being a global leader, according to a report released Thursday. More information »

PGCLC Represented at State of the Gulf Summit

PGLCC Co-Coordinator, Liz Barber, represented the Partnership at the Harte Institute’s2014 Summit in Houston on March 24 - 26. The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies hosted this bi-annual conference to bring industry leaders, conservation community, resource managers and policy-makers together to address issues related to restoring and preserving the Gulf. Through a series of panel discussions and keynote presentations, regional, national and international leaders discussed challenges and focusing resources on improving the health of the Gulf ecosystem.

PGCLC leaders from member organizations TNC, Audubon and Galveston Bay Foundation were represented. Robert Bendick, Ph.D., TNC’s Gulf of Mexico Program Director, spoke during a panel discussion about NGO contributions to the recovery of the Gulf and emphasized the importance of private lands in the conservation as a key component of recovery. Philip Hinesley, Chair-Elect of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Chief of the Coastal Section of the Alabama DCNR, mentioned the PGCLC in his presentation on regional collaborative efforts for restoration. Look for a recap presentations and highlights from the Summit online soon »

Florida Conservation Organizations Campaign for the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy is a coalition of the state’s leading conservation organizations working together with concerned citizens. The Land Trust Alliance, Trust for Public Land, Audubon Florida, Florida Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and many others have united to launch a major constitutional amendment campaign for the November 2014 ballot. 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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