The Partnership now has 15 members with representation from all of the Gulf Coast states. The members are:
- Alabama Forest Resources
- The Conservation Fund
- Ducks Unlimited
- Galveston Bay Foundation
- Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain
- Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana
- Lemon Bay Conservancy
- National Audubon
- The Nature Conservancy
- Tall Timbers Land Trust
- Texas Land Trust Council
- Trust for Public Land
- Weeks Bay Foundation
- Wildlands Conservation
- Wolf River Conservation Society
Partnership Meeting at 5 Rivers in Spanish Fort, Alabama
This is the last chance to register for the meeting which will be held on September 28 – 29, 2011. The purpose of the meeting is to:
- Discuss and map out ways to improve partnerships with public agency conservation programs
- Review and define next steps based on the Gulf of Mexico Foundation report - Analyses and Recommendations for Increasing Restoration and Conservation on Private Lands.
- Learn the latest update on activities of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and BP Early Restoration Trustees and other important restoration/conservation efforts affecting private lands in the region.
- Hold the first organizational meeting of the Partnership and confirm priority action steps for the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation.
Panelists include representatives from the Fish and Wildlife Service, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and others.
Save the Date
The Gulf of Mexico Summit will be held in Houston, Texas from December 4 – 8. Sponsored by the Harte Institute, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Nature Conservancy and other organizations, the purpose of the Summit is to develop a report card on the State of the Gulf of Mexico. The report card will serve as a mechanism to monitor progress of recovery initiatives related to the BP oil spill and the recovery of the Gulf’s ecosystems and natural resources.
For more information, click on http://www.sgmsummit.org/.
Progress on the RESTORE Act
On Wednesday, September 21, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the RESTORE Act and voted to send the measure to the full Senate. The RESTORE Act states that 80% of the oil spill fines levied against BP will go back to the Gulf Coast. The bill states that the money directed to the Gulf Coast will be divided as follows: the Gulf Coast states will equally divide 35% of the funds; 60% of the funds will be directed to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, and 5% will go to a new Gulf science and fisheries program. The total amount of the fines is estimated to be between $5.4 billion and $21.1 billion.
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS