October 16, 2014
NRDA Phase III Early Restoration Projects Approved.
On October 3rd, state and federal officials approved plans to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The money comes from BP for early restoration. The Gulf Partnership and other conservation organizations provided input throughout the planning process and urged officials to invest in ecosystem restoration. Approximately 63% of the funds will be used for environmental projects, with Louisiana receiving $318 million to restore land and marsh on four barrier islands. For more information, read the AP story here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d96757bb61d640a8a68ff7ce22014c4e/627.... To review the list of projects, visit: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/wp-content/uploads/phase_I....
Florida Officials to Host Webinar on October 22 for Public Input.
Florida officials are seeking public input as they prepare to submit projects to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for funding. The Council has asked for projects that focus on water quality and habitat restoration. Florida is considering many project proposals that align with these focus areas, such as watershed restoration. Florida residents are encouraged to submit project ideas through the online portal and participate in the upcoming webinar. Registration for the webinar is required. For more information, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm. To view a list of proposed projects, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files2/projects/project....
Mississippi to Hold Public Input Webinar October 16.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting two webinars on Thursday, October 16 to discuss Mississippi's strategy for RESTORE Pot 2 proposal submissions. One webinar will be held in English and the other will be held in Vietnamese. Registration is required. Visit here to register: http://www.restore.ms/restore-webinar-registration/.
Treasury Adopts Rules for RESTORE Funds, Approves ‘Shares’ for Louisiana Parishes and Florida Counties under Direct Component Expenditures.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday (Oct. 14) gave final approval to rules governing the distribution of some RESTORE Act funds, clearing the way for officials to apply for and receive oil spill recovery grants. The Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund currently has $653 million from a settlement with Transocean. The trust fund also expects to receive several billion dollars more in fines, once a civil trial over the role of BP and its partners is completed.
Under the RESTORE Act, parishes in Louisiana and counties in Alabama receive specific shares of the funding under Pot 1. For more information about Louisiana parishes, visit: http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/10/us_treasury_clear....
To get the breakdown for Florida counties, visit the Pensacola News Journal:
Land Trust Alliance Encourages Action on Tax Incentive for Conservation Easement Donations.
The House-passed charitable giving package, which includes the tax incentive for conservation easement donations, is currently sitting in the Senate, waiting to be taken up. When Congress returns after the November elections, its agenda will be long, and the time short. Please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to pass the tax incentive this year. For more information and tips visit: http://www.landtrustalliance.org/policy/tax-matters/your-help-neede....
Water and Land Conservation Measure on Florida Ballot on November 4, 2014.
Conservation organizations are encouraging Florida voters to approve a constitutional amendment to protect clean water, natural areas and wildlife habitat. If passed, the measure will provide annual funding to protect Florida’s beaches, rivers, lakes, springs and coastal waters for future generations. Learn more about the amendment: http://voteyeson1fl.org/sections/page/about.
Gulf Partnership to Present Conservation Vision at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, October 23- 24 in Washington D.C.
Gulf Partnership representatives Ole Amundsen, The Conservation Fund, Bob Bendick, The Nature Conservancy and Erin Heskett, the Alliance, will present “A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico” at the National Workshop. The presentation will be one of the first public unveilings of the Partnership’s Conservation Vision summary document and maps. This session, chaired by TCF’s Will Allen, will examine both the planning process used and findings of the Conservation Vision with an eye towards lessons learned for other conservation efforts such as the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. The role of the Vision in promoting collaboration with private landowners, facilitating fundraising, and utilization of conservation finance strategies will be explored.
Gulf Partnership Co-coordinator, Liz Barber, will also discuss regional coordination of the Gulf Partnership during the Thursday morning plenary session.
Hosted by the Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation, the Workshop is a great opportunity to share ideas on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in implementing large landscape conservation. For more information, visit www.largelandscapenetwork.org.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Invites Proposals for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program. Deadline is November 7, 2014.
The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program for projects that address long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program. For more information, visit http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Small/index.shtm.
NOAA Marine Debris Program Deadline Set for November 17, 2014.
This program will fund projects that have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components involving the removal of marine debris, including derelict fishing gear. Successful proposals also provide benefits to coastal communities, and create long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/pdf/NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004213%20FFO.pdf.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo Announce 2015 Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program.
Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) seek to promote sustainable communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Approximately $2,500,000 is available nationwide for 2015 projects. This funding opportunity is limited by geographic region. Some areas of coastal Texas and coastal Florida are included. Central Alabama is also included. The deadline to apply is December 10, 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/2015rfp.aspx#.VCCS....
Longleaf Conference, Eastern Native Grass Symposium and Prescribed Fire Council Gathering to be Held October 21 – 24 in Mobile, AL.
This joint conference and symposium will be of interest to anyone managing or restoring longleaf pine ecosystems. For more information, visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/our-roots-run-deep/event-summary-e7799b....
Gulf Partnership Works with Partners to Protect 42,000 Acres.
The Gulf Partnership has awarded 13 matching grants to partner organizations through its Project Assistance Fund. When these projects are completed, more than 42,000 acres will have been protected across the Gulf region. The Fund is being administered by the Galveston Bay Foundation through a generous grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation. For more information and to submit a proposal, contact Matthew Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com or 281-332-3381 ext. 206.
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.