March 21, 2016
Register Now! Gulf Partnership Annual Meeting Set for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Gulf Partnership members and allies are invited to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting to celebrate the successes of the past 6 years and make plans for the future. We will begin Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00 noon and conclude at 5:00 pm. On the agenda:
Luncheon and Review of Milestones and Accomplishments
Plenary Panel: 2016 News and Progress on Gulf Restoration
Workshop on Land Conservation and Your Coastal Community: Identifying and Communicating Benefits
Gulf Partnership Business Meeting
Click here to register: http://www.landtrustalliance.org/conference/partnership-gulf-coast-land-conservation-annual-meeting.
This year’s Annual Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Land Trust Alliance Southeast Regional Conference for Community and Land Conservation which will begin the evening of May 11 and continue through May 13. Registration for the Southeast Regional Conference is open: http://www.landtrustalliance.org/conference/southeast-regional-conference-community-and-land-conservation
330 Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Critical Funding for Coastal Restoration
The Obama Administration is proposing to change the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) to re-direct up to $357 million in annual oil and gas royalties to the federal treasury from the Gulf States of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. A coalition of Louisiana coastal groups sent a letter to President Barack Obama on March 8 asking that GOMESA funds not be diverted from the coastal states. According to the signers, GOMESA funds are critical to implementing the Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan – a science-based blueprint that ties ecosystem restoration with community protection and resiliency. In 2006, Louisiana voters constitutionally dedicated this funding stream to the state’s Coastal Trust Fund, which supports master plan implementation. For more information, visit: www.theadvocate.com/news/15123643-171/more-groups-ask-president-obama-to-reconsider-moving-money-from-coast-to-other-projects.
Mississippi River Delta Coalition Economic Analysis Documents Importance of Restoration Economy in South Louisiana.
According to a recent analysis released by the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, saving Louisiana’s vanishing coastline is now the fastest growing industry along Louisiana’s coast, driving economic expansion and eclipsing the oil and gas sector in creating new jobs. Coastal restoration and protection is not only the biggest jobs creator in coastal Louisiana – it has some of the highest-paying jobs, averaging $69,277 per year. This hot job market is expected to get even hotter as hundreds of millions of dollars from the Gulf oil disaster – funds solely dedicated to restoring and preserving the coast – flow into the state over the next 16 years. These findings and more can be found in a new economic analysis by the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, based on methodology by The Data Center. For more information, visit: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2016/03/16/hottest-jobs-in-south-louisiana-saving-the-coast/.
Mississippi Officials Announce $17.45 Million Land Acquisition Project.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund has approved a $17.45 million award for land acquisition in coastal Mississippi. The money will be used to fund a project titled “The Acquisition of Priority Tracts for Coastal Habitat Connectivity – Phase I” which will allow the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to add land to the Mississippi Coastal Preserves System. “Strategic land acquisition is a foundational step in conserving coastal habitats. By acquiring priority lands in the Coastal Preserves Program we are systematically conserving habitats that will protect our downstream natural resources by slowing and filtering nutrient runoff, allowing for the movement of habitats, and providing a refuge for wildlife,” said Gary Rikard, MDEQ Executive Director. For more information, visit http://www.restore.ms/nfwf-off-cycle-land-acquisition/.
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. For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/coastal/pdfs/2017NCWCGP_NOFOfinal01212016.pdf.
NOAA Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Funding Program Deadline is April 6, 2016.
NOAA is seeking proposals from non-federal partners for habitat restoration projects that will improve the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and help promote productive fisheries. The selected projects will not only support species recovery and sustainable fisheries, but will also yield community and economic benefits such as increased resiliency in the face of coastal hazards, and additional business and recreational opportunities. NOAA will accept proposals with a federal funding request between $100,000 and $5 million over a three year project period. For more information visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mediacenter/2016/02_February/05___.html?utm_source=NOAA+Announces+%249+Million+for+Habitat+Restoration&utm_campaign=Habitat+restoration+grants&utm_medium=email.
EPA Environmental Education Grant Applications due April 8, 2016.
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. For more information visit: http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.
Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach Community of Practice Workshop to be held April 19 – 21, 2016 in Biloxi, MS.
Are you ready to move your community towards resilience? Is your community experiencing saltwater intrusion to your aging infrastructure? Do you have low-lying roads that are susceptible to flooding? Finding it problematic to secure funding for projects to mitigate for hazardous events? Join your colleagues to learn how to ‘move the needle’ on these complex issues. For more information and to register, visit: http://masgc.org/climate-outreach-community-of-practice/annual-meeting-2016.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to host webinar on Creating More Resilient Communities in the Gulf of Mexico Region.
This one hour webinar will held on Wednesday, March 30 at 10:00 am Central Time and will feature projects and tools developed by the GOMA Coastal Resilience Team, including the highly successful Community Resilience Index. For more information, visit: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eccxvu8q6d87d3ca&llr=thgzaleab.
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. For more information and to register: http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/announcements/events/2016-all-hands-meeting/.
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