May 25, 2016
Gulf Partnership Prepares for Next Phase of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration during Annual Meeting.
Land trust professionals and volunteer leaders joined colleagues from state and federal natural resources agencies, the Department of Defense, and private sector forestry representatives at the Gulf Partnership Annual Meeting held in Birmingham, AL on May 11th in conjunction with LTA’s Southeast Conference on Conservation and Communities. During the Plenary Session, panelists discussed the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill restoration process and how land protection investments will be made. Panelists described how the NRDA Restoration Plan will be implemented, how the State of Alabama intends to leverage the three major DWH funding sources, and how the Strategic Conservation Assessment project funded by the RESTORE Trust Fund will be implemented. Special thanks to panelists Dan Van Nostrand, NOAA, Chris Pease, USFWS, Will Brantley, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for their insightful presentations during the annual meeting.
Attendees also learned how land trusts are integrating community conservation into their work through a presentation by Rob Aldrich, Director of Community Conservation at the Land Trust Alliance. Visit the Gulf Partnership website to view the presentations.
The meeting concluded after member organizations adopted a set of Policies and Procedures to guide the organization as it moves to a new fiscal agent, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain. Members also elected the 2016 – 2017 Executive Committee members and officers.
NRDA Trustees Publish Standard Operating Procedures.
The Trustees finalized a settlement with BP on April 4 to resolve BP’s liability for natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Under this settlement, BP will pay up to $8.8 billion for restoration. The Trustees have published two documents that will guide the allocation of funds: the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. On May 4, 2016 the Trustees approved Standard Operating Procedures for the long-term management, implementation, and administration of settlement funds for natural resource restoration. The final is posted here and addresses topics related to the Trustee Council and Trustee Implementation Groups, such as structure and management; decision-making; funding; project planning, management, monitoring and reporting; transparency and public engagement; and accounting.
The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (NCWCG Program) Announces 2017 Funding Opportunity.
The NCWCG program is designed to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States through competitive matching grants to State agencies. The primary goal of the NCWCG Program is the long-term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. Projects can include: 1. Acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters (coastal wetlands ecosystems) from willing sellers or partners for long-term conservation; 2. Restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems; or 3. A combination of acquisition, restoration, and management. All projects must ensure long-term (at least 20 years) conservation. Nonprofits must work with their State agencies to have projects considered. The deadline for States to apply is Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Read the full announcement here.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Seeks Proposals Designed to Develop the Next Generation of Conservationists - June 15 Deadline.
Through this grant opportunity NFWF will provide financial support for conservation employment programs that contribute to Gulf of Mexico ecosystem restoration efforts. Proposals should bring together public and private partners to support organizations developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth on public and publicly-accessible lands in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. For more information, visit the announcement webpage,
United States Fish & Wildlife Service Seeks Applications for Wetland Restoration Projects.
The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Contact the Joint Venture Coordinator in your project area for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for additional guidance. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process. The registration process can vary. The deadline to submit is July 14, 2016. See the full announcement here.
Louisiana 2016 State of the Coast Conference to be held June 1 – 3.
The State of the Coast conference provides a forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy and to apply that information to existing and future coastal restoration and protection efforts, policies, and decision-making. For more information, please go to the conference website.
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program Offers Workshops on Blue Carbon, Use of Native Grasses and Invasive Species.
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training delivers relevant information to conservation practitioners, natural resource managers and others on issues related to the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. Click here to see the workshop schedule.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) All Hands Meeting will be held June 15 – 17 in Baton Rouge, LA.
Make plans to attend the GOMA All Hands Meeting to make progress on actions and policies impacting coastal resilience, data and monitoring, education and engagement, habitat resources, water resources and wildlife and fisheries. Prior to the All Hands Meeting, there will be a joint meeting of GOMA and the Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks and the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. For more information and to register visit the Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands webpage.
Oil Spill Science Seminar will be offered Tuesday, June 14 in Baton Rouge, LA.
The oil spill science outreach team will be sharing the latest science discoveries that are applicable for managers on Tuesday, June 14 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Baton Rouge, LA. Topics will include impacts to water resources, habitats, wildlife and fisheries, and coastal resilience. Oil spill science educational resources and access to raw data and publications will also be shared. View the flyer or register here.
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GulfPartnership and visit our website at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.