The Gulf Partnership’s 8th Annual Conference is in the books. More than 120 colleagues joined us in Pensacola, Florida to discuss best practices in landscape scale conservation. Participants were able to connect with funders, network with colleagues, and discover new ways to strengthen their land conservation efforts.
Wendy Jackson, Executive Vice President of the Land Trust Alliance encouraged participants to invest in relationships with non-traditional partners in order to address important community challenges.
Eric Eckl, owner of Water Words that Work, reminded listeners that conservation communications should be designed to motivate people to action - volunteer, donate, advocate.
James Tillman, Acting Associate Chief of USDA’s NRCS inspired participants by reminding attendees that conservation work isn’t just about healthy water and soil - it is also about people across the region whose ability to make a living depends on how well we do our work.
The two day program featured 10 breakouts, 31 presenters and 3 plenary sessions, and culminated with a panel discussion on Deepwater Horizon restoration and conservation activities led by the RESTORE Council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund and NRDA. Special thanks to all presenters, sponsors, participants and volunteers for making this conference our best yet!
Ray Herndon, Chair of the Gulf Partnership Executive Committee, recently reported on the conservation success that the Gulf Partnership has had through its Project Assistance Fund from 2014 through June 30, 2017. In early 2014 the Gulf Partnership received a grant from the Knobloch Family Foundation to create a Project Assistance Fund (PAF) for its members. The PAF provides matching funds to partner land trusts to prepare land conservation projects for funding opportunities. Matching funds may be used for surveys, title work, environmental assessments, and related purposes. Highlights of the report include:
Many thanks to our attendees, presenters and sponsors for a successful conference. We would especially like to thank our generous sponsors.
National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy
The Trust for Public Land
Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Land Trust for Louisiana
Moffatt and Nichol, Inc.
National Audubon Society
Resource Management Service, LLC
The Conservation Fund
Alachua Conservation Trust
Alliance of Florida Land Trusts
Colorado River Land Trust
Texas Land Trust Council
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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.