Partnership Update

May 3, 2012

Save the Date!

The Partnership will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22. Make plans to attend and get the latest information on policy and funding regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and other Gulf-wide conservation efforts. The meeting location has not been finalized, but it will be within an easy drive of New Orleans.

Status of the RESTORE Act

According to the Times-Picayune, the RESTORE Act may be in trouble.  The House added amendments to the House Transportation bill that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and block new federal coal-ash regulations. These amendments jeopardize congressional action on the RESTORE Act which is embedded in the Transportation bills. 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 – 2:30pm EST. Register or learn more.

Public Issues and Conflict Management Training

Join the UF/IFAs Sea Grant Extension and the Pensacola Bay Watershed Environmental Coordination Team at Pensacola State College for a course on managing conflict in public processes May 23 - 24. Participants will learn techniques to manage public meetings, reduce conflict, enhance cooperation, and achieve meeting objectives in a timely manner.  A session on working with the media will be included on the second day of the workshop. This training is presented by the NOAA Coastal Services Center. Registration fee is $10.00. Register today. For more information contact Chris Verlinde or 850-623-3868.

Coastal Habitat Restoration and Climate Change

A study released by Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) links ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of global climate change. The report, "Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration," demonstrates that large-scale coastal wetland restoration - from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetland habitats - can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.  Download the full report.

Conference Aimed at Managing Invasive Plants

The Alabama Invasive Plant Council Annual meeting, ‘The Past, Present and Future of Invasive Plants in the Southeast’, will be held jointly with the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center May 8-10 in Auburn, AL. View the full agenda, registration form (on-line or paper) and additional information. Questions about registration can be directed to Jimmie Cobb (334-887-2803) or Nancy Loewenstein (334-844-1061).

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 & Marina June 19 – 21. View registration information.


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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