Partnership Update

August 9, 2012

Partnership 3rd Annual Meeting will be held August 21 & 22 in Bay St Louis, MS

The deadline for registration has been extended until Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Billions of dollars will be spent in the region on Deepwater Horizon restoration and recovery. Learn how conservation groups can influence the way these funds are spent. Representatives from federal and state agencies and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will provide the latest news regarding policies and funding. View registration and accommodations information.

Action Needed on the Easement Incentive

According to the Land Trust public policy office, the easement incentive remains expired and tax legislation seems destined to wait for consideration in a big year-end tax package you’ve been hearing about in the press. That package (if it happens) provides a good opportunity for retroactive extension and some chance of permanence thanks to the strong support we’ve built by recruiting 310 House co-sponsors for H.R. 1964, including majorities of both parties and 69 representatives from the South. Our weakness is the Senate, where we only have 22 co-sponsors (including just 3 Republicans) for the Rural Heritage Conservation Act, S. 339. Two of those three hail from Mississippi where Judy Steckler helped to recruit Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).  No other Senators from the Southeast region are yet co-sponsors of S. 339 and we need your help adding to that total! Learn more.

Come Rally With Us in Salt Lake City, September 29 – October 2!

Registration is now open! Reserve your spot for Rally - the perfect place to get a year's worth of diverse training in just one trip. Take time to re-energize, get inspired, and prepare for leadership that excels. Learn more.

Florida Environmentalists Seek Permanent Funding for Florida Forever

According to the Miami Herald, environmentalists launched a petition campaign this week for a proposed state constitutional amendment to provide for permanent funding for land and water conservation in Florida.  The environmentalists claim that the State of Florida has underfunded the Florida Forever program by 97% in recent years. "When it comes to dedicating funding to protect Florida's environment, the Great Recession has led to a complete depression," Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller said. Read more.

Companies Set Aside Billions for Possible Oil Spill Settlement

Greenwire reports that BP PLC, Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton Co. are signaling what they may owe for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP has set aside $38 billion, and Transocean has estimated its exposure at $1.2 billion. Halliburton has set aside $300 million.


Julia Weaver
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.

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