Partnership Update

November 15, 2013

NFWF Announces More Than $100 Million for Restoration Projects

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced on Thursday, November 14 that more than $100 million will be allocated from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (Gulf Fund) to 22 projects in the Gulf States. NFWF created the Gulf Fund to receive and administer funds resulting from plea agreements between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP and Transocean. The Gulf Fund will disburse $2.544 billion over a five-year period for projects that remedy harm to natural resources in the Gulf States. The projects announced this week are listed below:


  • Restoration & Enhancement of Oyster Reefs in Alabama
  • D’Olive Watershed Restoration
  • Fowl River Watershed Restoration


  • Management & Restoration of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat - Phase I
  • Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park
  • Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration
  • Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation
  • Eliminating Light Pollution on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches
  • Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries – Phase I


  • Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II: Engineering & Design
  • East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design
  • Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design
  • Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning
  • Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning


  • Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
  • Mississippi Coastal Preserves Program
  • Coastal Stream & Habitat Initiative


  • Sea Rim State Park Coastal Dune Restoration
  • Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection
  • West Galveston Bay Conservation Corridor Habitat Preservation
  • Oyster Reef Restoration in East Bay
  • Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement

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Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Advocates Changes in Treasury Regulations for RESTORE Act Funds

The PGCLC agreed with the general framework of the draft regulations offered by the Treasury Department. However, we were concerned that the role of nonprofits and the strategies related to permanent land protection were not clear and uniform throughout the regulations. We submitted comments advocating for rules that clearly state that RESTORE Act funds may be used for land acquisition, conservation easements, and long-term stewardship activities.

Campaign Linking Environmental and Economic Restoration Continues on Facebook

The Walton Family Foundation is continuing its Operation 1-1-1 Campaign to educate the public about the economic benefits of environmental restoration. Learn more »

Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs Seek Input on Research Priorities

Sea Grant is soliciting input from a diverse group of stakeholders through this short survey. The results of the survey will be shared with the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), NOAA Restore Act Science Program, National Academy of Science’s Gulf of Mexico Program, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and other groups that are trying to identify priorities for the region. Please share this link with others that may be interested in completing the survey which will close on December 13. For more information contact Steve Sempier, Sea Grant Gulf of Mexico research planning coordinator 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.

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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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