Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation - June 8 Update

UPDATE

June 8, 2016

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Gulf Partnership Representatives to meet with Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Gulf of Mexico Alliance Colleagues.

 

The JOINT Gulf Coast Prairie and Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks LCC Steering Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 8 a.m. – 12 noon at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center Ballroom A and Gulf Partnership member organizations are invited to participate.  LCC’s are conservation science partnerships that design conservation initiatives that can sustain natural and cultural resources across large geographic regions.   The JOINT Steering Committee meeting agenda includes a review of successful conservation support tools that have been developed, and a strategy session to develop future projects.  This is a great opportunity for land protection practitioners to connect with state, federal, and academic partners.

           

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting will be held June 15 – 17 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Gulf Partnership members are encouraged to attend and get involved with one or more of the Priority Issues Teams.  The Gulf Partnership will address the Comprehensive Conservation, Restoration and Resilience Planning Cross-Pit Team on Friday morning, June 17.  For more information or to register, visit: http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/events/gulf-of-mexico-alliance-2016-all-hands-meeting/.

Houstonians look for solutions to flooding woes.  Will wetland conservation and green infrastructure play a role? 

Some Houston residents are mucking out from floods for the third time in less than 10 years.  Experts and community members explore the reasons that the area is vulnerable to flooding and discuss possible solutions in the articles here:  The trouble with living in a swamp; Wrecked Wetlands lead to flooding; Much anger, few solutions.

New Orleans Mayor Calls for More Money from Oil and Gas Industry to Address Coastal Land Loss.

On Friday, June 3rd, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu stated that the oil and gas industry should agree to pay to restore damage caused by drilling and production in coastal wetlands. If the energy industry does not agree to a negotiated settlement, Landrieu said, the state should consider imposing a fee on oil and gas produced in the state.  If that fails, Landrieu suggested that he would pursue lawsuits against the companies.  For more information, read the article in the Times-Picayune.

Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC) Publishes Weekly Round-Up of Environmental Reporting Across Florida. 

Do you need to know more about land conservation, development pressures and water management issues in Florida? The FCC provides a summary of reporting and opinion from major news outlets around the Sunshine State each week.  Check in often here to get the latest.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Ten Year Summary Report is available online.

Released in May, 2016, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Ten Year Summary Report: 2004-2014 documents the organizational development, projects and accomplishments of the Alliance from 2004 to 2014.  To view the products and tools that have been developed and to read the report, visit the website

Funding Opportunities.

National Academy of Sciences Announces Funding Opportunity to Enhance Community Networks to Improve Coastal Environments, Health, and Well-being.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to strengthen the capacity of community networks and to enhance the impact of their work. Proposed projects should focus on networks that strive to use data, research findings, and scientific approaches to improve the environments and/or health and well-being of communities in coastal regions.  Projects should address chronic or emerging challenges in coastal regions that can be exacerbated by offshore oil and gas operations or natural disasters.  The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent is July 13.  For more information, visit the NAS webpage.

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.

Upcoming Events.

 

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

Job Openings.

Artist Boat Job Openings.

Artist Boat, Galveston Island, Texas, is seeking eco-art educators, an executive assistant, a habitat and stewardship program manager and a deputy director. For more information, please go to the Artist Boat website

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper.

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Plaquemine, Louisiana, is seeking a development director.  The Development Director will be responsible for fundraising and general administrative and clerical duties and will assist the Executive Director as needed.  For more information, please call Cara at 225-685-9439.

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 jweaver@lta.org.

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