Land trust professionals and volunteer leaders joined partners from state and federal agencies as well as leaders from the private sector for the Gulf Partnership 7th Annual Meeting on May 11 in Birmingham, Alabama. 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. Attendees also learned how land trusts are integrating community conservation into their work.
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 a new Executive Committee and officers.
To view Dan Van Nostrand’s presentation on the NRDA Restoration plan, click: NRDA Restoration Plan Implementation.
To learn more about Rob Aldrich’s workshop on community conservation, visit: Land Conservation and Your Coastal Community: Identifying and Communicating Benefits.
The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (PGCLC) is a new coalition of local, regional, state and national land conservation organizations devoted to advancing land and water conservation in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Our core mission 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.
This partnership is modeled after successful land trust coalitions around the country that have worked together to protect millions of acres watersheds, wildlife corridors and important cultural resources. Private lands in the coastal region are among the region’s most ecologically productive.
The Gulf Partnership is pleased to announce the publication of A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region, a report depicting the shared land protection priorities of the nonprofit land conservation community in the Gulf region. This document will be used to communicate our conservation priorities with landowners, state agencies and federal officials during the oil spill restoration process.