Partnership Update

July 5, 2013

Register Now for the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (PGCLC) Annual Meeting

The PGCLC Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA the day prior to Rally, Monday, September 16 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans, where Rally will be held. The agenda includes updates on Gulf restoration activities, a workshop/charrette to help us advance our Conservation Vision, a business meeting and a presentation by Michael Whitfield, coordinator of Heart of the Rockies. View registration and accommodation information >>

The Land Trust Alliance Offers Scholarships to the 2013 National Land Conservation Rally

The Alliance will offer two $500 scholarships to each land trust member of the PGCLC (local and state land trusts with five or fewer FTE staff) to attend the 2013 National Land Conservation Rally (Sept 17-19) in New Orleans.  Study the Rally website and follow instructions for scholarship application. We encourage your land trust to come to the conference with a large delegation of staff and board members.   If you are able, we encourage you to register for one of the intensive seminars offered on Tuesday the 17, such as the seminar on Conservation Financing/bridge loans. Note also there will be a special topic seminar about Gulf Restoration and Resiliency efforts on Thursday the 19.

Visit the Rally webpage >>
View the Rally Schedule At a Glance >>
View Rally Scholarship information >>

Public Comment Period for the RESTORE Act Plan Extended until July 8, 2013

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has extended the period for formal public comment on the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy and accompanying Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment to July 8, 2013. Submit comments >>

The PGCLC submitted comments on behalf of its 30 members on June 25, 2013. The PGCLC comments highlighted the importance of permanent land protection as a strategy for restoring land and water resources, as well as the need for meaningful public involvement in developing state plans. View the full text of the PGCLC comments >>

Remember NRDA Early Restoration?

An early restoration process was initiated by the April 2011 $1 billion Framework Agreement with BP. Early Restoration Projects would be negotiated between the NRDA Trustees and BP to meet one or more of the following goals:

  • creating or improving wetlands,
  • restoring barrier islands and beaches,
  • restoring and protecting bird, fish, turtle and other wildlife habitat, and
  • enhancing recreational experiences.

In May the NRDA Trustees released a list of potential projects to be funded under Phase III of the Early Restoration process. On June 4, the Trustees announced that public comments would be solicited between June 4 and August 2, 2013.  Public scoping meetings were held on in Galveston (June 24) and Mobile (June 27).  Additional meetings will be held in July.

  • July 16 – Long Beach, MS
  • July 18 - Houma, LA
  • July 23 - Washington, DC
  • July 25 – Pensacola, FL

The PGCLC will send submit written comments, following a consultation process with PGCLC member organizations.
View  the list of Proposed Projects under Phase III >>

Read more information on the public scoping meetings and directions for submitting comments >>

Surviving the Next Oil Spill:  Protecting Wetlands and Marsh

In an opinion piece published in The New York Times, Ben Raines, Executive Director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, urges RESTORE Act Trustees to purchase and protect wetlands and marsh. Read the article >>

Free Webinar: Strategic Conservation Planning and Partnerships

The U.S. Forest Service is hosting a webinar on Strategic Conservation Planning and Partnerships scheduled for July 24, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern time. This program will provide examples of strategic conservation planning by nonprofit groups using a variety of approaches, including partnerships. Resources and publications will be shared by the Land Trust Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, and a case study on Chicago Wilderness. More information >>

Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign Seeks Communications Coordinator

View the complete position description >>

Free Workshop Offered: Breaking Through Barriers - Environmental Communication with Hispanic, Vietnamese and other Cultures

Eric Eckl of Water Words that Work will be leading this workshop and will be teaching us how to overcome language and cultural barriers to effectively communicate our environmental messages. This FREE workshop will be offered at two dates: On July 16t at 5 Rivers in Spanish Fort, AL and on July 24 at USM’s Gulf Coast campus in Long Beach, MS. Register online or email Chad >>


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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