A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region

The Gulf Partnership is committed to Strategic Conservation, the identification of the most important areas in a region for conservation, restoration and long-term management. This approach is in contrast to a scatter-shot approach - what some have called ‘random acts of conservation.’ We want every dollar spent on conservation to be used to create the most benefit.In October, 2014, the Gulf Partnership, in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, released ‘A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region’ which is a series of maps that identify high-value geographic areas for land conservation. These maps were created by the partner organizations and include:

  1. Focus areas identified by the partners that reflect local community values;
  2. Wetlands
  3. Migratory bird habitat
  4. Scenic rivers
  5. Longleaf pine habitat
Gulf-wide Map of PGCLC Conservation Vision Area
Gulf-wide Map of PGCLC Conservation Vision Area
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Florida Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Florida Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Alabama Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Alabama Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Mississippi Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Mississippi Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Louisiana Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Louisiana Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Texas Gulf Coast Region
Map of Conservation Vision Area in Texas Gulf Coast Region

Oil Spill Restoration

NRDA Trustees Establish Trustee Implementation Groups (TIGs) to Oversee More than $8 Billion in Restoration Funding

There are three main funding sources established to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:

1) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund;

2) Restoration Trust Fund; and

3) Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustee Council

The NRDA Trustee Council has been set up in accordance with the Oil Pollution Act to evaluate the impact of the oil spill and to plan and carry out restoration efforts. Seven TIGs have been established to choose and implement restoration projects: 1) Alabama; 2) Florida; 3) Louisiana; 4) Mississippi, 5) Texas; 6) Regionwide; and 7) Open Ocean. An eighth TIG, Adaptive Management/Unknown Conditions, will be added later. Conservation organizations are encouraged to get involved with the TIGs by visiting the Restoration Areas webpage on the NRDA website. Each TIG webpage has information regarding how the public can be involved in the decision-making process. Also included is the contact information for the TIG coordinator.

Want to Know More?

Visit the NRDA Trustees’ website to review the restoration plan, and learn about the Standing Operating Procedures.

Importance of Private Land

Of the more than 290 million acres contained with the five Gulf states, more than 86 percent is privately owned as agricultural or forested land. Private lands are a critical part of our culture and heritage that we do not wish to lose. Private lands provide benefits such as food and timber production, opportunities for hunting and fishing, and connection to family and community history. The Gulf Partnership wants to continue to work with private landowners to protect natural resources for future generations through land purchases and conservation easements – voluntary landowner agreements.