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

Gulf Partnership Annual Meeting Information and Registration

The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation will host its 8th Annual Land Conservation Conference September 27 – 29, 2017 at the Pensacola Beach Holiday Inn Resort. This year’s theme is Best Practices in Landscape Scale Land Conservation.

This conference is designed for staff, board members and volunteers of land conservation organizations, as well as public agency partners, landowners, and professional colleagues. Join us for workshops, special networking events, and a plenary session featuring Wendy Jackson, Executive Vice President of the Land Trust Alliance. Ms. Jackson is the former Executive Director of the Freshwater Land Trust in Birmingham, Alabama which grew from having zero assets to holding cash and land assets of more than $40 million during her tenure. Click here for more information and online registration.

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.