July Update: Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation

Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation

UPDATE

July 24, 2014

 

Enhanced Tax Incentive Bill Passed by House of Representatives. 

The Land Trust Alliance reports that the House of Representatives passed H.B. 2807 on July 17, 2014.  The bill is designed to preserve the enhanced tax incentive for conservation easement donations.  The measure now goes to the Senate where it has strong support, but will face new challenges in breaking through a legislative logjam. For more information, visit: http://www.landtrustalliance.org/policy/tax-matters/campaigns/the-e....

NRDA Trustees Release Final Plan for Projects Costing $627 Million.

 

On June 26, the NRDA Trustees released the Final Plan for the Phase III restoration projects.  This document summarizes the public comments submitted regarding the draft plan, notes areas of controversy, and describes the environmental impacts of the proposed projects.  The project list includes big investments in ecological restoration, with $318 million allocated for coastal restoration projects in Louisiana.  However, some groups are concerned that only nine of the 44 projects in the plan are for environmental restoration while 35 of the projects are recreational and increase infrastructure in sensitive areas.  News reports suggest that the Texas Trustee may not sign the final agreement and it is unclear what that will mean for the process.  The PGCLC and other conservation organizations will continue to communicate with the Trustees even though the formal public comment process has ended.  To read the PEIS or the executive summary, visit:   http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restorat....

Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council Meeting Announces Public Meeting on August 4, 2014.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council will meet Monday, August 4, 2014, and hold a public meeting from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Five Rivers Tensaw Theater, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL.  For more information, visit http://www.restorealabama.org/.

Neo-tropical Migratory Bird Habitat Protected on Dauphin Island, AL. 

The Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board announced on July 9, 2014 that it has secured protection of more than 160 acres of public parklands through a conservation easement with Atlantic Coast Conservancy and Pelican Coast Conservancy - a process that took three years to complete. 

Through this easement, the protected land will remain in its natural state and not be available for private or commercial purchase or development. This ensures future generations will be able to enjoy the Island’s pristine land, water, and wildlife.

The easement protects Cadillac Square, the Dauphin Island Campground, and the 155-acre Audubon Sanctuary, which was recognized by the National Audubon Society as a globally important birding area.  With more than 250 species of neo-tropical migratory birds that inhabit the site, the Audubon Sanctuary is one of the top four locations in North America for viewing spring migrations.  For more information, visit: http://dauphinisland.org/conservation/.

 

Rally 2014 Registration is Open. 

 

Join your fellow land conservationists at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference in Providence, Rhode Island for great field experiences, workshops and seminars.  For more information, visit:

http://www.landtrustalliance.org/training/rally.

 

 

Texas State Aquarium Announces Funding Opportunity for Wildlife Care, Conservation, and Research Fund.

 

The Texas State Aquarium is accepting applications for grants up to $15,000 for research and conservation projects that focus on important conservation issues of species and/or habitats interpreted at the Aquarium.  Projects must focus on species in the Aquarium’s living collection or habitats that support those species.   Projects must fall under one of five categories; Conservation Management, Fisheries Management, Habitat Restoration, Species Culturing/Culturing Techniques, or Wildlife Management.  Grant funds may not be used for indirect/overhead costs.  This opportunity is not limited to Texas.  For more information, visit http://www.texasstateaquarium.org/conservation/wildlife-care-conser....

 

 

Matching Funds Available through the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Project Assistance Fund (Project Assistance Fund). 

 

PGCLC member organizations are eligible for matching funds through the Project Assistance Fund to prepare land protection projects for funding through oil spill restoration programs or other sources.  PGCLC member organizations may apply for matching funds at any time.  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 msinger@galvbay.org or 281-332-3381 ext. 206.

 

 

Job Opportunities

 

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) seeks to hire a Communications Director that is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating all communication activities to consistently articulate CRCL’s mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.  CRCL is a non-profit advocacy organization established in 1988 to unite business interests, scientists, landowners, national and local conservation groups, local governments, hunters, anglers and a broad spectrum of concerned citizens in a shared mission of restoring and protecting a sustainable coastal Louisiana.

 

The National Wildlife Federation is seeking an Outreach Coordinator who will develop and implement outreach and engagement strategies to advance the priorities of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration program.  For more information, visit: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2014/07/11/job-opening-se....

 

The Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign is seeking a Communications Coordinator to play a key role in building nationwide awareness and support for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta on behalf of Audubon, Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation. The coordinator will work closely with other staff members to create and produce content for web and print, conduct media outreach, and distribute key information to campaign.  For more information, visit http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2014/07/01/job-opening-co....  

 

Oxfam America is seeking to hire a Gulf Coast Policy Officer to work with partners, allies and policymakers, primarily in Mississippi and Alabama, on coastal restoration, economic development and community resilience issues. The position will be based on the coast. The job is a mix of a bit of grantmaking to community partners, advocacy and campaigning and government affairs. View the job description and apply online at: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/inside-oxfam-america/careers/av....

 

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 PGCLC 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.

228-219-2279 or jweaver@lta.org

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