Save the Date! The 5th Annual Meeting of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation will be held on Monday September 16, 2013 in New Orleans, LA
The meeting has been scheduled one day prior to the start of Rally, the annual land conservation conference organized by the Land Trust Alliance. Plan to join us as we develop land trust priorities for restoration and protection projects related to the oil spill. The agenda and registration information will be available in June. Rally registration and lodging reservation information is expected to be announced on May 24.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Announces Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
On Monday, May 13th, NFWF announced the creation of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, through which the organization will administer $2.5 billion in fines from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Approximately $1.27 billion will be allocated to coastal restoration in Louisiana. Alabama, Florida and Mississippi will each get $356 million, and Texas will get $203 million, all for natural resource projects.
The projects will be required to “remedy harm and eliminate or reduce the risk of future harm to Gulf Coast natural resources.” Funds may only be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats, species) where there has been injury to, or destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources resulting from the oil spill.
Organizations or agencies interested in submitting project proposals for consideration should direct that information to the lead state agency in the appropriate Gulf state as identified on the NFWF website. For more information, read the Times-Picayune article >>
Practitioner’s Network for Large Landscape Conservation Conducts National Survey
The survey is being conducted to gain insight into the policy-related aspects of large landscape conservation. The findings will be presented to the public through meetings and on the website http://www.largelandscapenetwork.org. Take the survey >>
For questions about the survey, contact:
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Arizona
Corps Rejects Channel Through Florida’s Nature Coast
According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to issue a permit for a 60 foot wide channel that would have disrupted an important ecosystem in Pasco County. State officials were unanimous in their support of the project. But the Corps “determined that the proposed project is contrary to the public interest based on several factors, including conservation, economics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, navigation, recreation, water quality and safety.”
Residents and environmental groups mounted a campaign to defeat the project and the Corps had received more than 9,000 individual comments and petitions with more than 40,000 signatures requesting denial of the project. More information >>
Farm Bill Moves to Senate Floor
According to the Land Trust Alliance, the Senate version of the Farm Bill will be debated on the floor on Monday, May 20. Please call both your senators ASAP and ask them to vote YES on this bill and tell them it is good for conservation!
Both the Senate and House bills have robust funding of approximately $1.38 billion for the purchase of conservation easements. Things are changing quickly - for the most recent updates, check the Alliance Farm Bill page >>
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Will Host All Hands Meeting In Tampa, Florida
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. More information >>
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS
The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is organized under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance which provides administrative and fiscal support.