Partnership Update

July 19, 2013

Register Now for the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (PGCLC) Annual Meeting

The PGCLC Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA the day prior to Rally, Monday, September 16 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans, where Rally will be held. The agenda includes updates on Gulf restoration activities, a workshop/charrette to help us advance our Conservation Vision, a business meeting and a presentation by Michael Whitfield, coordinator of Heart of the Rockies. View registration and accommodation information >>

Register for Rally: the National Land Conservation Conference

Join your land conservation colleagues from across the nation at Rally 2013 in New Orleans, LA from September 17 – 19. Visit the Rally webpage or view the Schedule At a Glance >>

The PGCLC Moves Forward on Conservation Vision

The PGCLC is working to create a map that will serve as a long-term, comprehensive guide for the conservation and restoration efforts of the Gulf conservation community. The final product will capture priority areas based on members’ mission statements and project selection criteria applied across the Gulf using the best available GIS information about the conservation values and societal benefits associated with each priority area. A WebEx training on conservation planning will be offered to PGCLC members in August and a charrette will be held during the PGCLC Annual Meeting on September 16.

This project will be implemented in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy with funding from the Knobloch Family Foundation.

EDF Study Documents Importance of Wildlife Tourism in Gulf States

According to a recent study commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund, hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing have big impacts in the Gulf States.  Among the findings:

  • Tourism generates 2.6 million jobs in the Gulf States.
  • Wildlife Tourism generates over $19 billion in annual spending.  Wildlife tourists spend nearly $8 billion on recreational fishing, $6.5 billion on wildlife watching, and $5 billion on hunting.
  • Wildlife Tourism generates $5.3 billion annually in federal, state and local tax revenues.

Data is available for specific states. Read the study >>

Ducks Unlimited Makes Contribution to PGCLC

The PGCLC recently received a generous contribution from Ducks Unlimited in support of our work to advance land and water conservation in the Gulf region. Many thanks to DU for this contribution.

PGCLC Represented at Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting, June 24- 27, Tampa

Liz Barber, Co-Coordinator of the PGCLC represented the Partnership at the 2013 All Hands Meeting. Representatives from five partner organizations also attended representing Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Lemon Bay Conservancy, and the Florida Wildlife Federation.  

Highlights included a presentation by Justin Ehrenwerth, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council: “We don’t have a full road map yet, but GOMA, the council, trustees, states are working together.” He said they’ve received 19,000 comments on the RESTORE Act Comprehensive Plan so far, and reinforced that there will be many opportunities for projects to be nominated to the Council members.  Ben Skaggs, Director of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, talked about how the structure of the RESTORE Act makes it very state-centric, and emphasized how important collaboration will be as the funds begin to come in. Other speakers (state trustees) all pointed out the need to avoid provincialism, to be transparent, to think holistically and complement other projects/programs.   

John Hankinson was honored for his service to the Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and gave his “swan song” with a bluesy, harmonica serenade.

Each PIT (Priority Issue Team) presented results from their recent projects during the plenary session and held full day meetings on the last day.  Excellent presentations and project reports were given on beneficial use of dredge material, pathogens, nutrients, and sea level rise models.   

Liz attended the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team meeting, and had a chance to tell the group about the genesis of the Partnership out of the GOMA/HCRT and Gulf of Mexico Foundation/NOAA grant back in 2010, and gave everyone a short overview of the report on Barriers to Private Lands Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region.  Mike Smith, GMF, thanked the Partnership for their involvement with the HCRT.

View presentations from the GOMA meeting >>

Interactive Map Shows Where and How Natural Habitats Protect People and Property from Sea-Level Rise and Storms

A new study from lead author Katie Arkema features a first-of-its-kind interactive map of the entire U.S. coastline that details where and how much protection coastal cities and towns get from natural habitats like sand dunes, sea grasses, oyster reefs and mangrove forests, down to a one-square-kilometer resolution.

To create the map, the study's authors calculated what they call a coastal hazard index, which incorporates five different forecasts for sea level rise along the East, Gulf and West Coasts. The map shows the index for every square kilometer along the coasts based on whether natural coastal habitats remain intact or are lost. View the map >> More information on the study >>


NRDA Trustees Seek Comments on Phase III Early Restoration Projects

An early restoration process was initiated by the April 2011 $1 billion Framework Agreement with BP. Early Restoration Projects would be negotiated between the NRDA Trustees and BP to meet one or more of the following goals:

  • creating or improving wetlands,
  • restoring barrier islands and beaches,
  • restoring and protecting bird, fish, turtle and other wildlife habitat, and
  • enhancing recreational experiences.

In May the NRDA Trustees released a list of potential projects to be funded under Phase III of the Early Restoration process. View the list >>

The NRDA Trustees opened a public comment period on June 4, 2013 and began hosting a series of public meetings. Meetings have been held in Galveston (TX), Mobile (AL), Long Beach (MS) and Houma (LA).  Additional meetings will be held in late July.

  • July 23 - Washington, D.C.
  • July 25 – Pensacola, FL

The PGCLC will send submit written comments, following a consultation process with PGCLC member organizations. We encourage all partner organizations to submit comments regarding the merits of the proposed projects. View more information on the public scoping meetings and directions for submitting comments >>

Free Webinar: Strategic Conservation Planning and Partnerships

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a webinar on Strategic Conservation Planning and Partnerships scheduled for July 24, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern time. This program will provide examples of strategic conservation planning by nonprofit groups using a variety of approaches, including partnerships. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Ole Amundsen: The Conservation Fund
  • Kristin Sherwood: The Nature Conservancy
  • Melinda Pruett-Jones: Chicago Wilderness

Register online >>

Ducks Unlimited Seeks Manager of Land Protection

Ducks Unlimited’s Southern Regional Office is located in Ridgeland, MS.  This regional, multi-state, land conservation position focuses primarily on conservation easements, but may also assist in fee-title land acquisition, mitigation lands and revolving lands (acquisition/restoration/ resale).  Please direct any questions or general inquiries to Scott Manley, Director of Conservation Programs via email.

Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign Seeks Communications Coordinator

View complete position description >>

Free Workshop Offered: Breaking Through Barriers - Environmental Communication with Hispanic, Vietnamese and other Cultures

Eric Eckl of Water Words that Work will be leading this workshop and will be teaching us how to overcome language and cultural barriers to effectively communicate our environmental messages. This FREE workshop will be offered on July 24 at USM’s Gulf Coast campus in Long Beach, MS. Register online >>

Contact

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

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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