March 16 Update: Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation


March 16, 2015


Save the Date: Gulf Partnership Annual Meeting Set for June 18 - 19 in Biloxi, MS.


Make plans to attend the Annual Meeting of the Gulf Partnership in Biloxi, MS immediately following the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) All Hands Meeting.  The Annual Meeting will kick-off on Thursday evening, June 18 with a Social and Sunset Cruise in the Mississippi Sound.  Our annual Business Meeting and a panel discussion on land acquisition opportunities will take place on Friday, June 19.  Gulf Partnership participants are also encouraged to attend the GOMA meeting June 16 – 18.  For more information about the GOMA meeting, visit

Watch this space for registration information for the Gulf Partnership meeting.


Southeast Conference for Land and Community Conservation to be held May 13 – 15 in Hendersonville, NC.


The Land Trust Alliance invites you to the 2015 Southeast Conference for Land and Community Conservation. The conference will be held at Kanuga Conference Center located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, NC. Choose from 20 workshops that will strengthen your conservation skills and leadership. Network with colleagues by the shores of scenic Lake Kanuga and enjoy field outings hosted by our local land trust partners.  Registration is now open:


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces March 26 Deadline for Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program. 

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to support conservation projects that enhance coastal watersheds of the Gulf Coast and bolster priority fish and wildlife populations, while strengthening resiliency within the coastal region. The Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP) is a new program supporting priority conservation needs of the Gulf that are not otherwise expected to be funded under NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund or other funding opportunities associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  For more information, visit:

Connect with the Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation.


The Practitioner’s Network is an alliance of professionals and citizens engaged in leading, managing, researching, advocating, funding, educating or setting policy to advance large landscape conservation initiatives.  In order to build on the enthusiasm of the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (NWLLC) that was held October 2014, a free webinar is being offered on March 18 at 11 am EDT.  Discuss big ideas about nature and people and a new approach to conservation.  For more information, visit

The Gulf Partnership participated in a plenary panel discussion during the Workshop.  To view the video, click here:


Florida’s Gulf Consortium to Hold Public Meeting March 25, 2015 in Tallahassee.

The Gulf Consortium will meet at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on March 25 and the public is invited. The Gulf Consortium is a public entity formed by Florida's 23 Gulf Coast counties to meet the requirements of the RESTORE Act to develop a State Expenditure Plan for economic and environmental recovery of the Gulf coast in Florida following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For meeting details and more information, visit


Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to Develop New Action Plan, Invites Input. 


GOMA is a partnership of the five Gulf States, federal agencies, academic institutions, industry, and nonprofit organizations whose mission is to work together to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.  GOMA is providing several opportunities for stakeholders to provide input to the new action plan:

  • March 18:  A "Get to Know GOMA" webinar will be held for anyone new (or old) that would like to know more about how the Alliance operates.
  • June 16-18: The annual 2015 All Hands Meeting will devote a large portion of the agenda to the development of Action Plan III.
  • Invitation to join the new and reassembled Priority Issue Teams.

For more information, visit


Job Opportunities


The Conservation Fund Seeks Conservation Associate for Louisiana Office.


The Conservation Associate will work out of our Mandeville/Covington, LA office and provide programmatic and project specific support across the geography of the Lower Mississippi Region and Central Gulf Coast.  Responsibilities include: support of the regional land conservation program, including: grant-writing, landowner outreach, site visits, visit to Parish/ County records offices, and assisting partner conservation organizations with funding of real estate projects.  For more information, visit


The Trust for Public Land Announces Search for Senior Project Manager for Florida Office.


The Senior Project Manager will identify, acquire and convey important park, scenic, wilderness and other open space lands for protective ownership using non-profit land acquisition techniques. This position will be located in Tallahassee, Florida, and the position includes travel throughout Florida.  For more information, visit


Gulf Partnership Invites Project Assistance Fund Proposals. 


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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