Partnership Update

January 3, 2013

Land Trust Alliance: How Last Minute Congressional Action May Impact Conservation

  1. The Enhanced Tax Incentive for Conservation Easements was renewed through 2013 and was made retroactive to the beginning of 2012. View more information regarding communicating with landowners and lawmakers >>
  2. The Charitable Deduction is largely intact.  However, the “Pease Amendment” will be in effect which gradually reduces the value of itemized deductions against income exceeding $250,000. Efforts to reduce or remove the charitable deduction will likely continue during budget negotiations later in the year. More >>
  3. The Farm Bill was extended for a year, but the Grassland Reserve Program and the Wetlands Reserve Program remain expired.  Congress will now begin negotiating on a new Farm Bill.  There will be significant work to do to improve conservation programs in the USDA. More >>

Transocean to Pay Record $1 Billion in Civil Penalties and $400 Million in Criminal Fines

According to the Department of Justice, the criminal resolution is structured to directly benefit the Gulf region. Under the order presented to the court, $150 million of the $400 million criminal recovery is dedicated to acquiring, restoring, preserving and conserving the marine and coastal environments, ecosystems and bird and wildlife habitat in the Gulf of Mexico and bordering states harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This portion of the criminal recovery will also be directed to significant barrier island restoration and/or river diversion off the coast of Louisiana to further benefit and improve coastal wetlands affected by the oil spill. An additional $150 million will be used to fund improved oil spill prevention and response efforts in the Gulf through research, development, education and training.

Transocean will pay $1 billion in civil penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act

These funds will be managed according to the rules set out under the RESTORE Act. Eighty percent of the penalty will be to be used to fund projects in and for the Gulf states for the environmental and economic benefit of the region. More >>

NOAA Gulf of Mexico Newsletter Available

The December issue includes tools, resources, and funding opportunities for natural resource managers across the Gulf of Mexico.    Click here for more information about Deepwater Horizon restoration, climate news, and innovative projects from Florida to Texas. More >>

Paddleboarder Starts Year-long Florida Adventure

On January 1, Justin Riney, 31, embarked on the Expedition Florida 500 project, or XF500, a yearlong exploration of Florida’s coastal waterways and inland estuaries on a stand-up paddleboard. His journey started at Big Lagoon State Park. XF500 is part of Viva Florida 500, the statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State that will highlight the 500th anniversary of explorer Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida in 1513. More >>

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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