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SE Land Trusts, NOAA and Others Meet On Coastal Land Strategies, Survey Planned

August 19, 2010 | NOAA | Fairhope, AL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chuck Roe
Alliance Southeast Progam Director
croe@lta.org

SE Land Trusts, NOAA and Others Meet On Coastal Land Strategies, Survey Planned

 

FAIRHOPE, AL-- On August 16 and 17, the Alliance, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), convened a meeting to discuss the opportunities and action steps needed to build stronger partnerships for strategic and collaborative coastal land and habitat protection and restoration in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster.

8/19/10 meeting with Mary Pope and Chuck RoeLand Trust Alliance Vice President Mary Pope Hutson and Alliance Southeast Program Director Chuck Roe traveled to the Alabama coast to meet with nearly 50 people representing more than a dozen land trusts active on the Gulf of Mexico coast—from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas—along with representatives from the Nature Conservancy, Conservation Fund, Trust for Public Land and Ducks Unlimited. Many federal and state agencies, including high-level representatives of NOAA, EPA, USDA, USFWS and Gulf of Mexico Alliance were also present.

8/19/10 meeting with Mary Pope and Chuck RoeDuring the meeting, held at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ms. Hutson signed a $34,700 grant agreement offered by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. The grant will finance the next steps beyond the meeting—a survey and interviews of “stakeholder” NGO land trusts and public agencies involved in Gulf Coast habitat conservation and restoration, a follow-up forum, discussion meeting in November and preparation of an analysis report and recommendations for future actions.

This meeting may prove to be the starting point to build a consortium and collaborative project similar to previous regional landscape conservation planning projects.

Ms. Hutson will meet soon with the President’s Council on Environmental Quality to report outcomes and progress from the meeting.

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Photos courtesy of Weeks Bay Foundation. Second image: The panel discussion with representatives from MS DMR, NOAA Coastal Estuarine Land Protection Program,  Natural Resource Conservation Service, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Lands Division, EPA Gulf of Mexico Program and the USFWS.

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