June Newsletter: Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation


June 19, 2014


PGCLC Annual Meeting Nets Results.    


The PGCLC Annual Meeting was held May 12 & 13 in Point Clear, AL in conjunction with the Gulf States Assembly sponsored by the Southeast Program of the Land Trust Alliance.  More than 90 land trust professionals, board members, natural resource managers and state and federal agency leaders worked together over the two day event to strengthen land conservation policy and practice in the region.  For more information, visit http://www.landtrustalliance.org/about/regional-programs/se/2014-gu....


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.  Last month, the Project Assistance Fund approved more than $57,000 in matching funds for projects in Manatee County, FL; Baldwin County, AL; Hancock County, MS; and Orleans Parish, LA.  Six (6) additional projects have been submitted for the next round of funding.


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.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program Announces July 14 Deadline for Pre-proposals. 

The Land Trust Alliance reports that the 2014 Farm Bill created an innovative new program called the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP allows local and state groups to develop projects that are important to them and then work jointly with NRCS to carry them out.

USDA recently stated that over the five-year life of the Farm Bill, some $1.2 billion in funding would be available. USDA is making $400 million available in the first year.  Entities interested in applying for the RCPP need to go through a two-step application process: 1) submit a pre-proposal by July 14; and 2) if selected, submit a full proposal by September 26. Final selections will be made by October 17.

The RCPP represents a new approach to conservation because it allows partnerships to address specific natural resource concerns in areas that are important to them. It is very much a place-based program and land trusts are encouraged to work with other partners to submit a pre-proposal. For more information, visit: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=256049.


Land Trusts Invited to Wetlands Restoration Conference on Monday July 28 in New Orleans, LA.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetlands Managers have created a workshop for land trusts and others to raise the bar on wetlands restoration.  For more information, visit: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/CEER2014/index.html.

Phase III of Early Restoration Funding Hits Snag.

One of five Gulf Coast states is blocking the release of $627 million that BP has set aside for a third phase of early restoration projects, according to Kyle Graham, Executive Director of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.  "One of the state trustees has expressed an unwillingness to proceed. We are investigating solutions. Hope to have things resolved soon," Graham said.  Graham said Louisiana is not the state blocking action on the plan. Other states approached by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune refused to identify which one is.  For more information, read the article here: http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/06/state_trustee_blo...

New Publications Available from the Environmental Law Institute (ELI).


ELI’s white paper entitled Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration and Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For What (May, 2014) provides information on restoration and recovery funds.  The document details the regulations and policymakers for each funding stream, including:   

  • Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund;
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Fund;
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation;
  • National Academy of Sciences;
  • Restoration Trust Fund;  and
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).


ELI’s Building Bridges—Federal Programs (April 2014) describes the opportunities available to use RESTORE Act monies to leverage other federal funds through the nonfederal match provisions, focusing on environmental grant programs for states and their political subdivisions, along with programs that involve public-private partnerships.


These publications are available free of charge at http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/all-publications/.


Department of Interior Funds Resilience Projects in Communities Impacted by Sandy.


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced $102.7 million in competitive matching grants to support 54 projects along the Atlantic coast on June 16, 2014. The grants will fund science-based solutions to restore wetlands and other natural areas, better manage stormwater using green infrastructure and assist states, tribes and local communities in protecting themselves from major storms.  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is administering the grant program.  For more information, visit: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-announces-10....


MS Department of Environmental Quality Held Community Meeting on June 14, 2014. 


The meeting was designed to help community members learn how to use the Project Portal at the www.restore.ms website.  MDEQ also discussed the planning process that has been initiated through a $3.6 million grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.   For more information, contact Becky Russell at 601-397-2134 or becky@russellmediaconsultants.com.


Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy Launches Greater Red Hills Awareness Initiative. 

The Greater Red Hills Awareness Initiative, in partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat, is launching a new feature to share with readers some of the places and resources that make the Red Hills Region unique. The Red Hills gets its name from a roughly 25-mile wide swath of red clay extending about 150 miles along the Florida-Georgia border. The region contains more than 445,000 acres, some 300,000 acres of which are held in largely connected quail hunting lands, like Dogwood Plantation. The area boasts some the largest tracts of remaining longleaf pine forests. In the mid-1800s the pine forest spanned 90 million acres from Virginia to Florida, extending all the way to Texas. Today only three percent of those longleaf forest lands remain.

The region is home to more than 60 endangered or threatened species, free-flowing rivers and hundreds of lakes offering an array of outdoor recreational opportunities. The land is an important recharge area for the Floridan Aquifer, the source of water on which all people in the region and beyond depend.

For more information, visit http://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/causes/2014/05/03/new-tall-ti...

2014 Longleaf Conference & Eastern Native Grass Symposium Scheduled for October 21 – 24 in Mobile, AL.

The conference is designed for natural resource managers, private and public landowners, scientists and students who manage or restore longleaf pine ecosystems.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/our-roots-run-deep/event-summary-e7799b....


Job Announcements

Program Director, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

The mission of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is the preservation and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine system, the 4.2 million acre region between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers. The ideal BTNEP Program Director should have an understanding of water quality, wetlands ecology and processes, fish and wildlife, as well as the socio-economic aspects of the region.  Questions related to this vacancy announcement may be directed to Al J. Levron, BTNEP Management Conference Chair, at allevron@tpcg.org.


Manager of Conservation Programs for the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Ducks Unlimited.


Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is seeking qualified candidates for the Manager of Conservation Programs to lead our conservation efforts in the four-state region of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama with primary focus on the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV).  DU is seeking an individual with proven abilities in team leadership, strategic and business plan implementation, budget and personnel administration, land protection, programmatic fundraising, partnership development and stewardship, and public policy to help lead our conservation programs.


To apply, please visit www.ducks.org/jobs to submit a cover letter and resume indicating your qualifications and why you are interested in the position by July 3rd


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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