January 28, 2016
Save the Date! Gulf Partnership Annual Meeting Set for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Gulf Partnership members and allies are invited to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting and help us set a course for success as an independent organization. This year’s meeting is being held in conjunction with the Land Trust Alliance Southeast Regional Conference for Community and Land Conservation. The Regional Conference begins the evening of May 11 and continues through May 13. The conference agenda will include two local field trips, plenary speakers, a special breakfast with local foundations; and 20+ workshops. Stay tuned for registration information.
Suit Against Proposed Alabama Conference Center Heard in District Court.
U.S. District Judge Charles Butler heard arguments on January 26 in a case involving the State of Alabama’s plans to use restoration money from the BP oil spill to build a beachfront hotel and conference center. The Gulf Restoration Network argued that Alabama officials failed to consider alternatives to the project, and the State of Alabama responded that the need for the project was well-documented. For more information about the case, visit http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2016/01/post_37.html.
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency Announce March 14, 2016 Deadline for Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program.
The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. This goal will be achieved by:
Funding key projects identified in existing watershed protection or conservation plans;
Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate or broadly advance the field of practice for watershed protection efforts.
To find out more, visit: http://usendowment.org/partnerships/hwcgrantprogram.html.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference to be held February 1 – 4, 2016.
The 2016 conference theme, “One Gulf: healthy ecosystems, healthy communities,” will focus on opportunities to promote and sustain a healthy Gulf environment, communities, and economy, including new discoveries, innovations, technologies, and policies. A strong emphasis this year will be placed on the human dimensions of oil spill in addition to the ecosystem science research that has led past conferences. This year's conference will be held at the Marriott Tampa Waterside. To learn more and register, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/2016-oil-spill-and-ecosystem-science-conference/event-summary-52ad0b225ba54cf0960090070e6f8073.aspx.
Mississippi Extends Public Comment Period on Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) for RESTORE Funding from Bucket One.
On December 9, 2015, the State of Mississippi’s initial Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) was made available for public review and comment in accordance with the RESTORE Act. An addendum to the initial MIP has been published which provides clarification on each project’s start date, end date, and the availability of a map illustrating the location of each project. The public review and comment period has been extended to Friday, February 5, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.restore.ms/.
Registration Now Open for 2016 Texas Land Conservation Conference.
The Texas Land Trust Council is hosting its annual conservation conference March 2 – 4, at the Airport Hilton in Austin, TX. Workshop topics include technical issues around water rights and mineral rights, local conservation campaigns, and growing tomorrow’s conservation leaders. For more information or to register, visit http://www.texaslandtrustcouncil.org.
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GulfPartnership and visit our website at www.gulfpartnership.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.