Many of our friends and colleagues are still experiencing the remnants of Hurricane Isaac today, and we hope this newsletter finds you all safe and sound. This storm is a reminder that the work we do in land protection and hazard mitigation is critical to protecting people, property, and ecosystems.
3rd Annual Meeting a Success
More than 65 people from attended the two-day meeting in Bay St. Louis, sharing information and networking. Attendees from more than 15 Partner organizations joined colleagues from state and federal agencies to discuss ways that land trusts can participate in innovative conservation programs across the Gulf of Mexico region. Topics included:
- The RESTORE Act
- NRDA Early Restoration
- Landscape Scale Conservation Planning
- Funding for federal programs
- America’s Great Outdoors Initiative
- The role of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
- The Gulf of Mexico Watershed Initiatives
- Products from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Teams
Copies of the presentations will be available on the Partnership website by September 8, 2012.
- Action Steps. Partners are encouraged to continue working together to:
- Speak with a unified voice in the BP Oil Spill Restoration process;
- Create a conservation vision that represents the conservation priorities of land trusts;
- Participate in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance; and
- Build strong relationships with state and county officials.
RESTORE Act Implementation
Debbie Devore, Gulf Coast Restoration Program Manager of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service explained that the following tasks are scheduled to be completed by January 2, 2013:
- Set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
- Set up the Trust Fund including compliance and auditing procedures
- Publish proposed Comprehensive Plan and;
- Establish Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring and Technology Program
Approximately 1/3 of the RESTORE Act funds will go directly to the Gulf states in equal shares. The states can only use the funds for specific purposes, including restoration of natural resources, workforce development, job creation, tourism promotion, promotion of Gulf seafood, and flood protection. Each state will be required to develop a science-based implementation plan that describes how the selected projects will meet the goals of the Act.
Making the Case for Investments in Environmental Restoration
New studies by Duke University and others have documented the economic growth and job creation potential of large investments in environmental restoration. View more studies.
Mississippi Governor Names Panel to Direct BP Funds
Louisiana Will Use BP Restoration Funds for 2012 Coastal Master Plan
Jerome Zeringue, Executive Director of the Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority spoke at the Partnership Annual Meeting in Bay St. Louis and stated that Governor Jindal and other state officials are fully committed to using BP oil spill restoration funds as a down payment on the 50 year, 50 billion plan to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
NWF Daily News Editorial Calls for Transparency in Oil Spill Restoration Process
Marine Debris Program Announces Grant Opportunity
The deadline to apply is November 1, 2012. Through NOAA's Marine Debris Program, the NOAA Restoration Center administers the Community-based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants Program. This funding supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish. Learn more.
Fundraising Tip: Don’t Underestimate Older Women
According to a new study by Indiana University, women in the baby boom generation give more to charity than their male counterparts. For more on the study: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/research-by-category/women-give-2012
Guide for Considering Climate Change in Conservation Projects. The Coastal Management Program at NOAA has published a free step-by-step guide for voluntary action to address climate change in coastal and estuarine environments. Read more.
Come Rally With Us in Salt Lake City, September 29 – October 2!
Registration is now open! Reserve your spot for Rally - the perfect place to get a year's worth of diverse training in just one trip. Take time to re-energize, get inspired, and prepare for leadership that excels. Learn more.
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.