August 9, 2016
Natural Resources Damages Assessment (NRDA) Trustees Establish Trustee Implementation Groups (TIGs) to Carry Out Restoration Objectives.
Over the past several months the NRDA Trustees have created and published documents that describe how they will allocate approximately $8 billion to restore natural resources damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The documents are available on the Trustee Council’s website, and include the Restoration Plan, the Standard Operating Procedures and a story map that provides updates on projects including the results of project monitoring.
Trustees have also established TIGs, entities that will actually choose restoration projects and oversee their implementation. Seven TIGs have been established: 1) Alabama; 2) Florida; 3) Louisiana; 4) Mississippi, 5) Texas; 6) Regionwide; and 7) Open Ocean. The 8th TIG will be Adaptive Management/Unknown Conditions and will be established in the future. Stakeholders are encouraged to get involved with the TIGs by visiting the Restoration Areas webpage which provides links to the individual TIG webpages. Each TIG webpage includes an email address for the primary contact, information about submitting projects, and opportunities for the public to participate in restoration planning.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Gulf Coast Conservation Grant Awards. Gulf Partnership to Receive Capacity Building Grant.
This year’s Gulf Coast Conservation Grant awards will support a wide range of conservation projects that will protect over 15,500 acres and restore more than 5,000 acres of critical coastal habitat along the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, these projects will enhance efforts to conserve sea turtles, waterfowl, shorebirds, gamefish and other wildlife important to the heritage of the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Partnership’s project will provide capacity building and technical assistance to partner organizations, identify best practices and efficiencies for implementing landscape level conservation and assist in implementation by enhancing collaboration among public agencies and NGOs. To see the full list of funded projects, visit the NFWF webpage.
The Gulf Research Program Seeks Letters of Intent for Enhancing Resilience and Well-being in Gulf Region Coastal Communities Grant Program. Webinar Offered on August 11, 2016.
This funding opportunity opens on July 27, 2016 and the deadline for letters of intent is October 5th, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to enhance the resilience of Gulf region communities to the negative impacts of environmental change in ways that also improve health and well-being, and promote health equity. Proposed projects should seek to improve both the science and the practice of resilience by engaging integrative teams in the development of rigorous and actionable information and the testing and evaluation of strategies at a community-level. Projects should explore the human dynamics of resilience (including but not limited to the impact of social inequity and local culture) in the face of environmental change (including but not limited to the consequences of climate change, severe weather, and other environmental disasters whether acute or chronic). Find out more about the August 11 webinar here.
NOAA Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program Sets August 16 Application Deadline.
The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program will fund projects that develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and conservation. NOAA is announcing the availability of up to $8.5 million in Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency grant funding for project awards in 2016. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA is seeking project proposals from non-federal partners to implement habitat restoration actions that will restore coastal ecosystems and improve resiliency. The primary focus of this grants program is to develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration actions. Projects must receive the approval of the state governor. For more information, read the full announcement here.
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.
Southeaster Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration Annual Symposium Scheduled for October 18 – 21, 2016 in Quincy, Florida.
Restoration practitioners and researchers are invited to attend the symposium to explore From Headwaters to High tide – Expanding Opportunities for Ecological Restoration: Current practice and research regarding the degradation and restoration of ecosystems in the southeast region. The event will be held at the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, Quincy, Florida. Click here for more information.
Audubon Florida to Host Audubon Assembly October 28 – 29 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Audubon Assembly is a great chance for conservationists to reconnect with natural Florida, attend interesting workshops with leading guest speakers, join local Audubon chapter leaders for field trips to their special places, take part in Audubon Florida’s unique conservation agenda setting session...and much more! Visit the event website for more information about registration and accommodations.
Restoration News by State, Courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.
Alabama. Follow restoration activities with the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) here.
Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has updated Making Mississippi Whole. The site now contains a new Transparency Database. MDEQ recently released the inaugural newsletter of the Mississippi Restoration Review. MDEQ is also planning an inaugural Restoration Summit, November 15, 2016.
Florida. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintains a website complete with latest updates, resources, links, and newsletters, including an overview of Florida's response to the oil spill. Each impacted county engages directly with their communities through the Gulf Consortium and the Florida Association of Counties. In June, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council awarded the Gulf Consortium $4.6 million towards the development of the state expenditure plan. Contacts for each county can be found here.
Louisiana The State of Louisiana is represented by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) on state and RESTORE Council restoration activities. On July 15th, CPRA announced a $16 million grant for Calcasieu Salinity Control Measures project under the Restore Act. CPRA is also working on a new Coastal Master Plan. View all news, activities and calendar notices on the CPRA website.
Texas. The Texas Trustee Implementation Group has called for new or revised Restoration Project Proposals by August 31st. Oil spill restoration information in Texas and related items can be found on the website www.restorethetexascoast.org.
The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is a coalition of more than two dozen land conservation organizations whose shared mission is to increase the pace, quality and permanence of voluntary land and water conservation in the Gulf of Mexico region. The Gulf Partnership is led by an Executive Committee comprised of leaders from our partner organizations. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain serves as our fiscal agent. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GulfPartnership and visit our website at http://gulfpartnership.org. For more information regarding any item in this newsletter, contact Julia Weaver at 228-219-2279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.