March 30 Update: Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation

UPDATE

March 30, 2015

 

Florida Lawmakers Ignore Amendment One, Gut Land Acquisition Budget.

 

According to recent reports, Florida lawmakers are considering budgets that do not honor the language and intent of Amendment One.  Florida voters recently changed the Florida constitution when they approved Amendment One which provides permanent funding for the state’s land acquisition and restoration programs, including the highly renowned Florida Forever program that allows the state to buy wildlife habitat and protect water resources.  Conservationists and citizen’s groups are working to convince lawmakers to comply with the law and fully fund the program.  For more information, read the articles in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150301/COLUMNIST/303019998/-...; http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fred-grimm... and http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org/sections/news/55140a3c75c9a102cb0....

 

BP Report: Gulf of Mexico has recovered from Oil Spill.  Conservationists and Scientists Argue that Harm is On-going.

BP released a report on March 16 which argues that the Gulf of Mexico and coastal shoreline environments have already rebounded from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.  Scientists and environmentalists say the report is misleading and glosses over results from peer-reviewed studies.  For more information, read the story in the Times Picayune and this statement from the National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/03/bp_report_says_gu... and http://blog.nwf.org/2015/03/10-things-bps-new-report-doesnt-tell-you/.

Free Webinar Offered: Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Join colleagues on Friday, April 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm CT for a webinar on "Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico," co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC), and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs.  This webinar will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the complex intersection of climate change, community resilience and Gulf restoration, focusing on the challenges of and opportunities for creating restoration projects that both incorporate climate change considerations and are responsive to the needs of coastal communities.  Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3066576777808498689.

 

Land Trust Alliance Welcomes Kevin Brice as New Southeast Director. 

 

Kevin Brice comes to the Alliance and Southeast Region from the City of Oaks Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he worked to conserve the city’s remaining natural lands and developed programs for disadvantaged children to participate in summer nature camps.  Kevin also served for eight years as president of Triangle Land Conservancy in Raleigh.  For more information, visit: http://lta.informz.net/informzdataservice/onlineversion/ind/bWFpbGl...==.

 

Ocean Conservancy Offers Tools to Simplify Gulf Restoration Project Information.

 

Ocean Conservancy recently developed a set of charts designed to provide information about Gulf Restoration projects in an easy-to-read format.  The charts include restoration project types, activities and resource categories for projects that have been 1) proposed for funding under Pot 2 of the RESTORE Act or 2) approved for funding under NRDA Early Restoration or the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.  Find the charts here:  http://www.oceanconservancy.org/places/gulf-of mexico/restore_fpl_p... and http://www.oceanconservancy.org/places/gulf-of-mexico/gulf_restorat....

 

Land Trust Alliance to Offer FREE Coaching Sessions for All-Volunteer Land Trusts.

The Alliance is offering FREE coaching sessions to Alliance members that operate as all-volunteer land trust boards (defined as those either without staff or with a part-time staff member).  This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  Land trust expert Donna Erickson will provide advice about board development, fundraising, monitoring easements, and other topics.  To register for a coaching session, contact Donna directly to schedule a time and to define the topic(s) your land trust wants to discuss (ericksonconsultinginc@gmail.com or 406-370-0454).

 

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 with Ship Island Excursions.  The 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 http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/announcements/events/2015-all-h....

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: http://www.landtrustalliance.org/training/regional-conferences/sout...

 

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 http://www.conservationfund.org/about-us/job-openings.

 

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 http://www.tpl.org/about/jobs/senior-project-manager-florida.

 

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 msinger@galvbay.org or 281-332-3381 ext. 206.

 

Visit our new website: 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 jweaver@lta.org.

 

 

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