Partnership Update

January 24, 2014

PGCLC and Galveston Bay Foundation Announce Launch of Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund

With a $500,000 grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation, the PGCLC through the Galveston Bay Foundation will implement the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund, a matching grant program for PGCLC member organizations. The program is designed to help organizations prepare high quality land acquisition projects for potential funding through Gulf restoration funds such as NFWF, NRDA, RESTORE Act and NAWCA.

Grant funds may be used to cover third party expenses incurred by PGCLC member organizations, including but not limited to appraisals, appraisal reviews, surveys and legal descriptions, title review, legal review, baseline documentation reports, and environmental assessments. Indirect or general overhead, will not be covered. The maximum award amount for an individual project is $25,000. Awards may cover up to 50% of eligible pre-acquisition costs.  Grant guidelines and application instructions will be provided to PGCLC member organizations by February 1, 2014.

Individual organizations may submit applications for more than one project, but only one project per organization may receive funding prior to June 1, 2014. After June 1, 2014, multiple projects by one organization may receive funding. Projects that meet the eligibility and application requirements will generally be funded, but the review committee will have final discretion on all funding determinations.

The Knobloch Family Foundation believes that strategic conservation projects that have an accurate budget and detailed project description are most likely to be funded through oil spill restoration funding opportunities and other conservation programs.

The Fund will be administered by the Galveston Bay Foundation.  For more information, contact Matthew Singer via email or (281) 332-3381 ext. 206.

PGCLC Executive Committee Planning Retreat was held in New Orleans on January 23 – 24, 2014

The Executive Committee adopted guidelines for the Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund, as well as an ambitious work plan for 2014.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Issues Request for Qualifications for Technical Support for the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

On January 13, 2014, NFWF issued a Request for Qualifications for firms and individuals who may be interested in providing assistance to the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. NFWF wishes to identify qualified consultants who could provide expertise in evaluating the feasibility, regulatory compliance, schedule, costs and benefits of proposed projects. Field work to verify existing conditions and monitor project implementation might also be required. The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2014. More information »

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Longleaf Stewardship Fund Announces Grant Opportunity

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking proposals to expand, enhance and accelerate longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range.  Specifically, the Longleaf Stewardship Fund seeks to achieve the following conservation outcomes this grant round:

  • Restore an additional 11,000 to 16,000 acres of longleaf pine on public and private lands (approximately 10 percent of The Initiative’s annual restoration goal).
  • Maintain or enhance through burning 125,000 to 165,000 acres of longleaf pine on public or private lands (approximately 10 percent of The Initiative’s annual prescribed fire goal).
  • Increase populations of longleaf ecosystem keystone or umbrella species (such as the Bachman’s sparrow, bobwhite quail, red-cockaded woodpecker, and gopher tortoise).
  • Involve more than 300 private landowners in longleaf stewardship practices that directly contribute to the restoration, enhancement and wildlife objectives described above, and support working forests by demonstrating their environmental and socioeconomic benefits.

Read more information »

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program Grant Opportunity Deadline Set for February 5, 2014

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program will fund projects that include:

  • On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration
  • Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
  • Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits
  • Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.

The application deadline is Wednesday, February 5, 2014. More information »

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Grant Deadline Set for February 21, 2014

The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program will accept grant applications through Friday, February 21, 2014. SFI is seeking to fund projects that illustrate, inform, or improve the role of the SFI standard. It is expected that the majority of these funds will support projects in the following five categories: Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity. More information »

2014 North America Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grant Program Deadlines Announced.  Funds Available for Projects to Benefit Birds Affected by the BP Oil Spill

After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, BP was required to pay fines to settle violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  These monies will begin to be available in 2014 to fund projects that provide conservation benefits to affected habitats or populations of certain bird species.  Applicants must demonstrate a nexus between their project and the migratory bird species and other wildlife and habitat affected by the Gulf spill. They should provide the best available science-based information (banding information, telemetry, etc.) indicating that the population(s) of species targeted in the proposal also use habitats along the Gulf of Mexico affected by the Spill.  The North American Wetlands Conservation Council will use this information to make a final eligibility determination.

Submission dates for U.S. Standard Grant completed proposals are February 28 and July 7, 2014. More information »

Statewide Conservation Initiative Gains Momentum in Florida

A coalition of groups including the Florida Wildlife Federation, Audubon Florida, the Sierra Club and 1000 Friends of Florida are working together to promote an ambitious statewide conservation program. The groups are backing the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment, an initiative that set aside billions of dollars for purchasing environmentally sensitive land and protecting wildlife and water resources.  

The groups recently announced that they collected over 686,000 verified petition signatures, enough to get the issue on the November ballot.  The measure includes language that will prevent future administrations from spending the conservation funds for other purposes.

‘If this initiative passes, this will be the largest state-based conservation initiative in United States history,’ stated Manley Fuller, president of the Florida Wildlife Federation. Read the article in the Tampa Bay Times »

Four New Coastal Restoration Projects Announced in Louisiana

The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force recently announced new projects in Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebone and Cameron parishes. According to The Times-Picayune, the task force includes representatives of the federal Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce, Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency and the state. The four new projects are:

  • Bayou Grande Cheniere Marsh and Ridge Restoration on the west bank of Plaquemines Parish, $2.7 million for design. The project calls for dredging sediment from the Mississippi River and pumping it by pipeline to create a 10,832-foot-long ridge along the bayou, and to create and nourish about 342 acres of marsh. The project would cost $29.9 million and result in 264 net acres at the end of its 20 year project life.
  • Caminada Headlands Back Barrier Marsh Creation south of Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish, $3.4 million for design. The project would spend $31 million to create 300 acres of intertidal marsh and nourish another 130 acres of emergent marsh behind the headlands, using material dredged from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Island Road Marsh Creation and Nourishment east of the Isles de Jean Charles community in Terrebonne Parish, $3.7 million for design. The project, which would cost $39.2 million, would create 364 acres and nourish 19 acres of saline marsh.
  • South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation-Baker Tract in Cameron Parish, $2.7 million for design. The proposed $25.4 million project would create and nourish 420 acres of what has become open water on the north side of Second Lake.

The task force also approved spending $19.9 million to complete construction of an earlier South Grand Chenier Marsh Creation project in Cameron Parish. Read more »

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Trustees Extend Gulf Restoration Plan Comment Period to February 19, 2014

Responding to requests from the public, the public review and comment period for the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (draft) has been extended. The draft, which proposes $627 million in early restoration projects across the Gulf States is now available for public review and comment through February 19 rather than February 4, the original deadline. Read more information or download the draft plan »

Invasive Plant Workshop Offered by Mississippi State University

Participants will learn to identify and manage 40 different invasive plant species. The information will be useful to practitioners in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. The workshop will be held on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, 1815 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, Mississippi from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

There is no cost to attend, but participants must register by contacting Dr. Chris Boyd via email or (228) 546-1025 by February 10, 2014.  Space is limited.

Invasive Species Prevention Course Offered by Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

A training course will be offered January 27 and 28 for natural resource managers.  Participants will be able to:

  • Use five integrated steps to identify potential pathways for invasive species and control measures;
  • Draft plans with prescribed ranges, limits or criteria and corrective actions; and
  • Create a reference source documenting best management practices and procedures.

A Train the Trainer course will also be provided on January 29 - 30.  Pre-registration for each course if required.  For more information, contact Rosalyn Kilcollins at 850-670-7708 or via email.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Hosts 2014 Conference

The 2014 GOMRI conference will be held January 26 - 29 in Mobile, Alabama. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Ecosystem assessment, vulnerability, and resilience: integrated cause and effect studies and trends across disciplines
  • Ongoing science, technology, monitoring, and mitigation strategies with respect to the DWH Oil spill response: What is needed to prepare for, support, and manage future hydrocarbon exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Valuing ecosystem services and quantifying effects of oil spills on ecosystem services through environmental, public health, and socioeconomic science
  • Promoting scientific literacy, perception, and expectations about oil spill research among stakeholders.

Read more information »


Julia Weaver
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS
Email | (228) 219-2279

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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