Recent attention has focused on the high rates of annual carbon sequestration in vegetated coastal ecosystems—marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses—that may be lost with habitat destruction (‘conversion’). Relatively unappreciated, however, is that conversion of these coastal ecosystems also impacts very large pools of previously-sequestered carbon. Residing mostly in sediments, this ‘blue carbon’ can be released to the atmosphere when these ecosystems are converted or degraded.…
Added by Laurie Rounds on September 6, 2012 at 7:23am — No Comments
On August 21st, I attended the 3rd annual meeting for the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The Partnership, formed with assistance from the Land Trust Alliance, is a coalition of land conservation organizations and trusts working across the 5 Gulf States. Following the tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, land conservation…Continue
Added by Laurie Rounds on August 29, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has posted presentations from the 2012 All Hands Meeting on their website. The annual meeting was held in Corpus Christi, TX from June 19-21 and provides a good overview of Alliance activities and regional priorities. The presentations can be access from an online agenda.
Added by Laurie Rounds on August 29, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments
The June 2012 edition of the Gulf of Mexico News is now available online at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.
Added by Laurie Rounds on July 23, 2012 at 4:43pm — No Comments
Last Friday, July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the Transporation Bill that includes the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities and Revived Economy of the Gulf Coast Act 0f 2011 (RESTORE Act). Within this legislation, 80% of the assessed Clean Water Act penalties will now be expended in the five Gulf states to restore, protect, and make sustainable use of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine habitats, coastal wetlands, end economy…
Added by Debbie DeVore on July 9, 2012 at 5:49pm — No Comments
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have announced a request for proposals for a grant competition to fund tidal hydrology restoration projects.
To be considered, projects must remove or modify human-built barriers (such as culverts, dikes, and dams) to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from…Continue
Added by Laurie Rounds on May 18, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments
There have been many exciting things happening across LCC boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico region. One cooperative effort that will take place in May is the Gulf of Mexico Climate Data and Scenarios Workshop. Development of this workshop has been a great example of how the LCCs provide a…Continue
Added by Laurie Rounds on May 1, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
The March 2012 edition of the Gulf of Mexico News is now available at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.
Gulf of Mexico News is a quarterly newsletter that shares regional news from NOAA, coastal management programs, and other regional partners.
Added by Laurie Rounds on April 17, 2012 at 7:08am — No Comments
I recently attended the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Science Forum, held February 21-22 in Ft. Worth Texas. The Science Forum was the first step in the GCPLCC's process to identify science needs for the Gulf Coast Prairie landscape. There were over 50 participants representing several partners within the GCPLCC. Prior to the workshop, participants were asked to identify science needs within three geographic context areas (coastal, terrestrial, and aquatic) and six themes (effects of…Continue
Added by Laurie Rounds on February 24, 2012 at 4:23pm — No Comments
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Four years after adopting Florida's first Gopher Tortoise Management Plan, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to share its thoughts on improving conservation of the gopher tortoise, a state threatened species. The plan will be updated in 2012.
Florida has accomplished much for gopher tortoises in the past four years, including exceeding the 10,000-acres-per-year goal of restoring and managing…Continue
Added by Deborah Burr on October 28, 2011 at 11:21am — No Comments
After 36 years with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, most recently as Director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation, Tim Breault this summer was named the first Coordinator for the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative. While attending the Conserving the Future Conference for the National Wildlife Refuge System in Madison, Wisconsin in July, Tim answered a few questions about his new job.
Q: Why did you decide to take this…Continue
Added by Stacy Shelton on July 15, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments
Hi Everyone! It’s exciting to be a part of the Peninsula Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative. I’m a native Floridian, born and raised in Daytona Beach, and have been interested in wildlife and natural resource conservation for as long as I can remember. My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from the University of Florida, and my very first career position was with the…Continue
Added by Dawn Jennings on June 26, 2011 at 4:27pm — No Comments
Added by Tim Breault on June 24, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments
Anne is the Coastal Restoration Program Director for The Nature Conservancy's Florida Chapter. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Ecology. She is collaborating with partners throughout the state on restoration of priority marine habitats such as oyster reefs and seagrass. Prior to working statewide coastal issue Anne directed the Conservancy’s…Continue
Added by Anne Birch on April 1, 2011 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Hi Folks. I’m a fourth generation Floridian – my great grandmother came to Miami back around WWII from West Virginia and my grandmother and mom lived for a short stint in military housing on Key Biscayne back during the war. I was born and grew up in the South Miami area. My family moved to one of those cold weather states when I was young but my mom wouldn’t stand for it long and we returned back to south Florida around 1980. I presently live in Hobe Sound with my wife Deb and our two…Continue
Added by Bill Miller on March 28, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Ray is a fifth generation Floridian whose family came to Florida from the Carolinas shortly after the Civil War. Born in Leesburg in 1953, Ray grew up in the small town of Vero Beach when there were still small towns on the east coast of Florida. He has lived in the Tallahassee area since moving there in 1971 to attend FSU, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology. Currently he resides in the small town of Havana, technically in Florida, but referred to by locals as…Continue
Added by Ray Scott on March 28, 2011 at 11:24am — No Comments