August 12 Update from the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation


August 12, 2015


Learn, Connect at Grow at the 2015 Rally in Sacramento, CA.


Rally, the National Land Conservation Conference, will be held October 8 – 10 in Sacramento, CA.  This conference is packed with diverse topics, colleagues and friends to learn and share with, and the resources you need to take your conservation skills further.   Register today—there’s no better time or place to invest in your future!


Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program Invites Proposals for Regional Partnerships. 


The Gulf of Mexico Program is seeking proposals for projects that address one of the following four priority areas: Water Quality Improvement; Protect, Enhance or Restore Habitat; Environmental Education and Outreach; and Strengthen Community Resilience.  Projects must be located in the Gulf of Mexico region (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) and its watersheds, including their out of-geographic region contributory watersheds.  The deadline to submit proposals is September 15, 2015.  For more information:


North America Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program Application due November 5, 2015.   


The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships involving long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.  NAWCA recommends that applicants contact the coordinator of the Joint Venture region in which your project is located for guidance on developing projects and proposals.  They can provide guidance on developing your project and proposal. The Joint Venture Coordinators’ prioritization of Small Grants Program proposals from their geographic region is also an important element in the selection process.  A one-to-one match is required.  For more information, visit:



River Network Invites Workshop Proposals for 2016 River Rally in Mobile, AL.


River Rally is an annual conference held by River Network for river and watershed protection enthusiasts and conservation professionals from across the country. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn from each other, share what works, get inspired, and celebrate success. In 2015, the conference attracted over 430 attendees from 43 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. River Rally 2016 will be held on May 20-23 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL.  Details and guidelines for submitting a workshop proposal may be found here: Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015.


Blue Carbon Workshop Offered on September 10 at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Moss Point, MS.


Blue Carbon refers to the carbon and other greenhouse gases captured, stored, and emitted by tidal wetlands, salt marshes, sea grasses and other coastal ecosystems.  Workshop participants will learn about the economics of blue carbon, the basics of coastal landscape project planning, models and implementation practices.  Registration is $50.  For more information or to register, visit


Recent Poll Shows Gulf Coast Voters Support Using BP Fines for Conservation and Restoration. 


A bipartisan research team released a survey of registered voters along the Gulf Coast on July 15, 2015.  Survey results include: 1) Voters place a high value on the Gulf and its contribution to the region’s economy and quality of life; 2) Voters remain very concerned about pollution in the Gulf; and 3) Respondents overwhelmingly support using the fines resulting from the BP oil spill on Gulf restoration and conservation projects.  To read the survey report, visit:


Gulf Partnership Invites Project Assistance Fund Proposals in support of Due Diligence Costs 


Partner organizations are eligible for matching funds through the Gulf Partnership’s Project Assistance Fund.  These funds can cover costs such as appraisals and reviews, surveys, title and legal work, and environmental assessments for land acquisition and easement projects.  To date, 16 proposals have been approved and more than 25,000 acres will be protected.  The Fund is being administered by the Galveston Bay Foundation through a generous grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation.  For more information, contact Matthew Singer at  or 281-332-3381 ext. 206.


Visit our new website  The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is organized under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance which provides administrative and fiscal support.  The mission of the Gulf Partnership is to work together across the five Gulf of Mexico states to increase the pace, quality and permanence of voluntary land and water conservation in the coastal region. For more information regarding any item in this newsletter, contact Julia Weaver, Partnership Co-Coordinator at 228-219-2279 or

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