Partnership Update

April 19, 2012

Status of the RESTORE Act

The House passed a 90 day extension of the Transportation Bill on Wednesday, April 18.  The bill included the House version of the RESTORE Act.  According to the Times-Picayune, Republican leaders don’t expect the bill to be enacted by the Senate.  Instead, it is a ‘vehicle to set up negotiations with the Senate, which has already passed a two-year $109 billion transportation bill.

The House bill is troublesome for conservation groups because it includes the RESTORE Act which all groups consider to be good policy. However, it also includes a provision giving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 30 days to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and exempts certain transportation projects from some environmental rules. 
Partnership members will be asked to advocate for the Senate version when the Transportation Bill goes to conference. Learn more.

Wetlands & Climate Change Webinar

The Swamp School will offer a webinar on new rules from USACOE and EPA that govern climate change assessments for wetlands related projects. The webinar will be held May 23, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST. Register or learn more.

NOAA Community-based Restoration Program Grant Funding Deadline Approaching

The deadline is April 30, 2012. Awards range between $10,000 and $75,000 for each project to restore marine, estuarine and riparian habitats.  A non-federal match is required, and may be achieved through volunteer participation. Learn more.

The Community Forest Grant Deadline Is Approaching

The deadline is May 15, 2012. The Community Forest Program is a grant program that provides financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Learn more.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Acres for America Grant Opportunity

Pre-proposals are due June 1, 2012. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, etc.), State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation regional director in their area to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Learn more.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting Registration Open

Join colleagues in Corpus Christi, Texas to address issues such as water quality, sea level rise, and habitat conservation.  The meeting will be held at the Omni Bayfront Hotel and Marina June 19 - 21. Learn more.

Partner Spotlight

The Trust for Public Land. Don Morrow is the Transactions Director for the Trust for Public Land. In this role, Don has shepherded many projects to a successful conclusion in many different states and locales. As a result of his wide experience, Don has been tapped to begin a new telephone series for land trust professionals, Conversations with Land Conservation Professionals. Don will share his Top 5 Tips on carrying out a land preservation project. Based on a practical approach to dealing with easements and land acquisition projects, Don will briefly cover the flow and sequence of a land deal, talk about the challenges of working with land owners, and share techniques for addressing common risks and problems.

The session is sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance Southeast Program and will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST. Register today.

NOAA Documents Economic Impact

This great resource can be used to make the economic case for conservation and preservation. The information in this handy reference can be used in grant applications.

MOEX Settlement with Texas Announced

MOEX is a Japanese company with a small role in the BP Oil Spill disaster. MOEX has settled with the State of Texas for $2 million. The funds will be used by the Texas Nature Conservancy to purchase critical habitat for whooping cranes. The land will ultimately be owned the State of Texas. Learn more.

Environmental Law Institute Releases Primer on Oil Spill Restoration

Do you find it difficult to explain the difference between NRDA funds and Clean Water Act funds? Do you wonder what the heck the RESTORE Act will do?  This new document is a great reference for those of us who are experiencing OSRO (Oil Spill Restoration Overload). Learn more.

EPA Names Ben Scaggs as Director for Gulf of Mexico Program

A native Mississippian, Scaggs began his career working on Capitol Hill.  After completing a Master's degree in Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he worked for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC. He joined EPA in 1991 and currently serves as EPA’s Office Director overseeing the Agency's operation in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  In his new role, Scaggs will be responsible for overseeing a broad program designed to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the Region

NOAA Names Russ Beard as Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team Lead. Mr. Beard will assume this leadership role in addition to his duties as Director of NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), a division of the National Oceanographic Data Center. Mr. Beard is second Gulf Regional Collaboration Team Lead. He previously served as the both the Climate Lead and the Deepwater Horizon Science Lead for the Team.

Forest Legacy Program Manager Position Available

The Washington Office, Cooperative Forestry Staff will soon advertise to select a national Forest Legacy Program Manager. The Forest Legacy Program provides financial incentives for landowners to protect environmentally important forest areas that are threatened by conversion to development and other non-forest uses.  

To receive further details concerning this position, please contact Karl Dalla Rosa on (202) 205-6206, or by email at


Julia Weaver
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS


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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