Partnership Update

September 20, 2012

USDA Conservation Programs Will Suffer as the Farm Bill Expires

According to Amanda Peterka, Reporter for E & E News, the House is not likely to act on the farm bill during this session, and the 2008 law will expire on September 30, 2012. Congress has run into problems with the farm bill in the past, but has always issued extensions which continued funding at current levels.

If the farm bill expires, conservation programs will be thrown into disarray. Several programs will not be able to enroll new participants, including conservation reserve programs for wetlands, grasslands and forests.  USDA has stated that it will be able to continue restoration work already begun but the inability to enroll new participants will impact its large, landscape-scale efforts.

Obama Administration Issues Executive Order on Gulf Coast Restoration

Under the Order, EPA and USDA have been added to the list of NRDA Trustees. The Order also establishes the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and states that the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will disband within 60 days. The Council will take over the duties of the Task Force and oversee the implementation of the RESTORE Act. Learn more.

Land Ethic Leaders Workshop Offered

The Aldo Leopold Foundation will offer a workshop at the Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Louisiana on November 14 – 16, 2012. Participants will learn to use observation, participation and reflection as a systematic method to explore and deepen their own land ethic in relationship to others. Visit the website to learn more.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance to Host Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference

The conference sponsors share a goal to improve society’s ability to understand the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, which includes humans, to ensure its long-term environmental health. Sessions will be held January 21 – 23, 2013 in New Orleans, LA. Learn more.

Registration is Open for the Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium

The Symposium will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14-15, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The theme for the two-day coastal symposium is “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture.” Presentation topics include climate and hazard resilience, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill science, habitat management and restoration, living estuarine resources, and water quality and quantity. The registration fee will be $50 for all attendees. View registration information.

Marine Debris Program Grant Opportunity Deadline is November 1, 2012

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.

Job Opening Announced

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Grand Bay NERR have a position open for a Coastal Training Program Coordinator.   The ideal candidate should have a working knowledge of coastal and estuarine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.  Visit the website, and under the Job Seekers tab and enter this job title for more information: DMR-NERR Resource Specialist IV.

Galveston Bay Foundation Celebrates National Estuaries Day

Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) is hosting a special Marsh Mania Day on September 29 to plant smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) on the Moses Lake shoreline of The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. GBF invites any and all corporations, scouts, families, or individuals to come out and volunteer. Learn more.

The Land Trust Alliance Southeast Program Conference Call Series Continues

On Thursday, October 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET Suzi Wilkins Berl and Susie Hamrick Jones will lead a discussion on 5 ways to develop stronger Boards and leaders for your organizations. The conversation will also focus on filling in resource holes, overseeing effective committees, setting annual goals for the Board, and undertaking Board evaluations. Discover how to move your board or yourself from underperforming to superb-performing!  Contact the Southeast Program office to register:


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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