Save the Date!
The Partnership will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22 in Bay St. Louis, MS. Make plans to attend and get the latest news regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration process and other Gulf-wide conservation efforts. Detailed agenda and accommodation information will follow.
Status of the RESTORE Act
The RESTORE Act is still in the Transportation bill which is in a conference committee. Members of the House and Senate are members are negotiating differences between the bills that the two houses passed earlier in the year.
Status of the Clean Water Act Fines
The RESTORE Act provides that 80% of Clean Water Act fines will be spent in the Gulf region. However, before any of those funds reach the Gulf, the Clean Water Act fines must be set, and the fines will be set based upon how much oil was spilled and how negligent the responsible parties were in allowing the spill to happen. Conservation groups had hoped that a settlement would be reached this spring, but no agreement was reached. A settlement may be reached at any time; or the matter may go to trial in January 2013. Bottom-line: conservation funds from the Clean Water Act/RESTORE may be delayed for months or years.
BP Early Restoration Funding
The best opportunity for near-term funding from BP Oil Spill restoration monies is through the Early Restoration process. Only a fraction of the $1 billion in funding has been allocated. The Partnership will be working with Trustee representatives to promote land and water conservation in future rounds.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Pre-proposals Due
Pre-proposals are due June 1 for Keystone Initiatives. Grants will be given to promote the following:
- Bird Conservation
- Fish Conservation
- Marine and Coastal Conservation
- Wildlife and Habitat Conservation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Acres for America Grant Opportunity
Pre-proposals are due June 1, 2012. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, etc.), State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation regional director in their area to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Learn more.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition invites you to join a sign-on letter in support of the LWCF program. Learn more.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting Registration Open
Join colleagues in Corpus Christi, Texas to address issues such as water quality, sea level rise, and habitat conservation. The meeting will be held at the Omni Bayfront Hotel & Marina June 19 – 21. View registration 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.