Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, September 16 Update


September 16, 2015


Learn, Connect at Grow at the 2015 Rally in Sacramento, CA – Gulf Partnership Featured in Workshop

There's no better time and no better place to invest in your future.  Rally is packed with diverse topics, colleagues and friends to learn and share with, and the resources you need to take your conservation skills further. Register today—there’s no better time or place to invest in your future!  Don’t miss the Gulf Partnership’s presentation during Rally – Opportunities for Strategic Land Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region (F17) on Saturday, October 10th at 1:30 p.m.  Learn more at


RESTORE Council Invites Public Comments for ‘Bucket 2’ Proposed Projects.  Comments due by September 28, 2015.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has released the draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL). Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties.  The Gulf Partnership will be submitting comments and we encourage other conservation organizations to provide feedback to the Council as well.  To review the proposed projects or to submit comments, visit:


Texas Officials Schedule Listening Sessions in Coastal Communities.

The purpose of the Listening Sessions is to give the public an opportunity to comment on the priorities for the Texas coast as officials move forward with implementing the federal RESTORE Act and distributing RESTORE funds.  In addition to receiving comments at the Listening Sessions, written comments will be accepted until October 9th at this email address.  To learn more about the restoration process in Texas, and learn more about the Listening Sessions, visit  Listening Sessions have already been held in Galveston and Beaumont.  Upcoming meetings are listed below:

Monday, September 28th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

UT Brownsville
Brownsville, TX

Tuesday, September 29th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A & M Corpus Christi University Center
Corpus Christi


United States Fish and Wildlife Service Awarded Endangered Species Grants to Alabama and Florida. 


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is awarding $37.2 million in grants to 20 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants were awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF).  Alabama was awarded a grant for land acquisition to benefit the recovery of federally-listed fish, mussels, snails and bats in Bibb County.  Florida will receive $750,000 to continue its Statewide Habitat Conservation Plan for Florida beaches.  This project will help protect several species of turtles, beach mice, and shorebirds.  For more information, visit:

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announced Gulf Coast Conservation Grants.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced the initial round of grants from the Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP). The 29 grants announced today total nearly $13 million and will generate an additional $15.8 million in matching funds, for a total conservation impact of nearly $28.8 million that will enhance coastal watersheds, bolster priority fish and wildlife populations, and strengthen coastal resiliency along the Gulf Coast.  The Gulf Partnership congratulates six of our partner organizations for their awards: Ducks Unlimited, The National Audubon Society, Mississippi Land Trust, Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Alachua Conservation Trust, and The Nature Conservancy.  To view the project list, visit


North America Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program Application due November 5, 2015.   


The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships involving long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.  NAWCA recommends that applicants contact the coordinator of the Joint Venture region in which your project is located for guidance on developing projects and proposals.  They can provide guidance on developing your project and proposal. The Joint Venture Coordinators’ prioritization of Small Grants Program proposals from their geographic region is also an important element in the selection process.  A one-to-one match is required.  For more information, visit:


Stay Connected to Coastal Restoration in Louisiana.


The State of Louisiana is implementing the 2012 Coastal Master Plan which is designed to reverse decades of coastal land loss.  The plan has an estimated $50 billion price tag and is one of the largest restoration initiatives in the nation’s history.  Conservation practitioners can learn more about the science, politics and financing of this historic restoration effort by connecting with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta campaign.  Subscribe to the free news service or read the blog here:


River Network Invites Workshop Proposals for 2016 River Rally in Mobile, AL.


River Rally is an annual conference held by River Network for river and watershed protection enthusiasts and conservation professionals from across the country. The conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn from each other, share what works, get inspired, and celebrate success. In 2015, the conference attracted over 430 attendees from 43 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. River Rally 2016 will be held on May 20-23 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL.  Details and guidelines for submitting a workshop proposal may be found here: Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015.


Restore America’s Estuaries Announces Living Shorelines Summit.

Restore America’s Estuaries is sponsoring a conference on Living Shorelines in partnership with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation.  The Summit will explore the latest science and innovative approaches to protecting our shorelines using natural and hybrid strategies.  The conference will be held December 1 – 2 in Hartford Connecticut.  For more information, visit:


Find us on Facebook at and visit our website at  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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