What We Do
Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund
Through a generous grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation, the Partnership is able to provide $500,000 in matching grants to our partners to prepare land acquisition projects.
The Partnership developed Conservation Vision, a document depicting shared land protection priorities for the nonprofit, land conservation community in the Gulf region to help partners communicate priorities with landowners, state government and federal officials during oil spill restoration process.
The Partnership provides skill-building opportunities through webinars, workshops and scholarships to Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference.
Working together as a collaborative of land trusts and land protection organizations in the Gulf region, our goals are the following:
Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of land trusts in the Gulf region.
Develop and promote a public policy agenda, which will reduce the barriers to private sector conservation efforts and increase funding for acquisition and restoration.
Develop collaborative projects that will enable the land trust community and supporters to implement landscape scale conservation measures in the region.
Promote and facilitate networking and collaboration among partner organizations and other conservation partners.
The Partnership provides timely information to land trust partners and federal and state allies through our bi-weekly e-newsletter, UPDATE. UPDATE focuses on oil spill restoration policy and funding, with special attention to the RESTORE Act.It also communicates information about budgets for conservation programs, grant announcements and successful conservation projects in the region.
The Partnership has been involved in the oil spill restoration process from the Mabus Commission to the present, providing public comments, attending public meetings and giving information to partners regarding how they can participate.
The Partnership has strengthened relationships between the land trust community and the major conservation policy-making bodies in the region including the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the Gulf of Mexico Program, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, the Gulf of Mexico Program, NOAA and the NRDA Trustees.
The Partnership provides timely information to partners regarding RESTORE, LWCF funding, Forest Legacy Program and others.
The Partnership authored pro-RESTORE opinion pieces in major newspapers across the Gulf Coast region.
In 2010, the Land Trust Alliance and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) convened a group of Gulf Coast land trusts and public natural resource agencies to discuss the potential role of land trusts in addressing the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill - private land protection and restoration were emphasized as critical tools in the restoration process.
The Alliance followed up with a workshop where participating land trusts and land protection organizations identified barriers to private lands conservation in the coastal region and outlined policies and actions steps necessary to advance conservation on private lands. The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (PGCLC) was officially created to improve cooperation and collaboration among land conservation and water protection efforts in the coastal region, and to ensure land trusts and partners could have an effective voice during the oil spill restoration process.
In early 2011, the Partnership received a seed grant from the Charles Stuart Mott Foundation to support start-up activities and the hire of two project coordinators to facilitate its organization.
The Partnership held its first organizational meeting in September 2011, and today, it has implemented communications, public policy and advocacy plans to help the land trust community participate more fully in regional conservation efforts. Its specific action steps are guided by a study authored by the Alliance and Liz Barber, program coordinator, titled “Analysis and Recommendations for Increasing Conservation and Restoration on Private Lands in the Gulf of Mexico Region,” and funded by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation.