Partnership Update

January 17, 2013

The PGCLC Welcomes New Members: The Atlantic Coast Conservancy/Pelican Coast Conservancy and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust

The Atlantic Coast Conservancy is opening a new office in Mobile, AL and will operate in Alabama and Florida as the Pelican Coast Conservancy. The mission of the organization is to provide conservation of critical natural resources in the face of a changing climate focusing on the Southeastern United States.  

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, headquartered in Seguin, TX, conserves land in the Guadalupe River Watershed for its natural, recreational, scenic, historic and productive value. The nonprofit was founded in 2001 by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, a conservation and reclamation district. The Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) has also partnered with the Trust. The voluntary board of directors consists of citizens who share a love of the Guadalupe River - one of the most pristine rivers in Texas.

What Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Mean for Conservation?

The Land Trust Alliance has provided an informative brief on the most important issues.  Check out "20 Questions: Conservation and the Fiscal Cliff Deal" at the Alliance policy webpage.

The Florida Water and Land Legacy Initiative Seeks Constitutional Amendment

Conservationists in Florida are campaigning to get a constitutional amendment placed on the state-wide ballot for November, 2014.  If passed, the amendment will provide a funding mechanism for on-going environmental land acquisition, management, and restoration.  No tax increase is involved. More >>

Florida Counties Organize Ahead of RESTORE Funds

The 23 Florida counties that are eligible for funding through the RESTORE Act have developed an organization called the Gulf Consortium that will make policy regarding state expenditures of RESTORE funds. The Gulf Consortium will develop a Comprehensive Economic and Environmental Restoration Plan. Eight counties are considered ‘disproportionately affected’ and they are developing a formula that will guide funding amongst those counties. More >>

Mississippi River Delta Campaign Marks 1,000 Days Since BP Oil Spill

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013 several environmental groups used the 1,000-day mark to issue a call to action to hold BP accountable for the damage sustained by the Gulf of Mexico. View more information and a time-line of major events that have occurred in the past 1,000 days.

The Gulf of Mexico Program is Accepting Nominations for the 2013 Gulf Guardian Awards

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program partnership presents Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize individuals and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. For the year 2013, the Gulf of Mexico Program will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for seven (seven) categories: Business & Industry, Environmental Justice/Cultural Diversity, Civic/Non-Profit Organizations, Partnerships, Youth Environmental Education, Individual, and Bi-National partnership efforts. Complete a nomination application for 2013 by March 8, 2013.

The Nature Conservancy Seeks Gulf of Mexico Program Director

The Gulf of Mexico Program Director has responsibility for leading, managing, and integrating The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) efforts in the Gulf of Mexico Region to sustain and improve the conditions of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. View the full job posting >>

The Land Trust Alliance Will Host Rally, the National Land Conservation Conference, in New Orleans, LA: Call for Presentations is Open

Rally will be held in New Orleans September 17 – 19, 2013. Land Trusts from the Gulf states are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops, field trips and seminars. Share your expertise with land conservation practitioners from across the nation. Submit a proposal >>

Training Opportunities Offered

Climate Adaptation Training for Coastal Communities

This workshop will be held February 27 – 28 & March 1, 2013 at the Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532. Learn how to protect your community from potential problems caused by a changing climate.  This interactive three-day training costs $30. The fee covers snacks, lunch, and materials. Registration closes on February 20, 2013 unless otherwise indicated.  Reserve your place today. A limited number of scholarships are available to assist with travel for participants living 50 miles or greater from workshop location. To register for this event, please contact Mike Shelton, 251-928-9792 or michael.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov.

Public Issues and Conflict Management

The workshop will take place February 5-6, 2013 at the Weeks Bay NERR.  Learn how to reduce conflict, manage public participation, and achieve your meeting objectives. The cost for this workshop is $15.  To register for this event, please contact Mike Shelton: michael.shelton@dcnr.alabama.gov.

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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