Report on 5 Rivers Meeting
The 5 Rivers Meeting was attended by more than 40 representatives from land trusts and state and federal agencies. Attendees discussed the BP Early Restoration Funding process, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and funding opportunities from NOAA, USDA, and other federal agencies.
The Partners developed a strategic plan, and appointed an 8 member Executive Committee to oversee its implementation. Look for the strategic plan in a future edition of the UPDATE. Executive Committee members include:
- Jay Addison, LA
- Dan Dumont, AL
- Walter Ernest, AL
- Ray Herndon, National
- Albert Joerger, FL
- Stacey Shankle, National
- Judy Steckler, MS
- Bob Stokes, TX
The Partnership now has 20 members with representation from all of the Gulf Coast states.
- Alabama Forest Resources
- Alabama Land Trust
- The Conservation Fund
- Conservancy of Southwest Florida
- Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
- Ducks Unlimited
- Galveston Bay Foundation
- Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain
- Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana
- Lemon Bay Conservancy
- Mississippi Land Trust
- Mississippi River Trust
- National Audubon
- The Nature Conservancy
- Tall Timbers Land Trust
- Texas Land Trust Council
- Trust for Public Land
- Weeks Bay Foundation
- Wildlands Conservation Trust
- Wolf River Conservation Society
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Released Draft Plan on October 5, 2011. The primary goals of the strategy are to:
- Restore and Conserve Habitat
- Restore Water Quality
- Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources
- Enhance Community Resilience
Read the full report.
Partners are encouraged to review the document and provide feedback as individual organizations. The Partnership will also offer a response based on input from the membership. Feedback will be accepted at www.epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce, until 11:59 p.m. EST October 26, 2011. The Task Force will release the final version in December 2011.
Partnership to be highlighted at the Land Trust Alliance Rally
The Partnership will be the major focus of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Conservation Meeting on Friday, October 14 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am. All Partnership members and friends are invited to attend and participate.
Free Proposal Writing Seminars for the 5 Star Restoration Program
Proposal writing seminars are being offered across the region in November for those working in Alabama, Florida, or Mississippi. Registration must be complete by October 17. For more information, contact www.nfwf.org/fivestar.
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS