Strategic Land Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region

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1 Strategic Land Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region : Elizabeth Barber and Julia Weaver, Coordinators, Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Bob Stokes, Galveston Bay Foundation President and PGCLC Chairman October 10, 2015

2 Strategic Land Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region Workshop Outline The 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the restoration process Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Overview A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region Project Assistance Fund Outcomes Next Steps for the Gulf Partnership Q & A 2 I RALLY 2015

3 3 I RALLY 2015 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill April 20, 2010

4 Images from NRDA DARP 4 I RALLY 2015

5 Extent of Oil Exposure from NRDA 5 I RALLY 2015

6 Oil Spill Funds Flow Chart Louisiana Example 6 I RALLY 2015

7 Overview of Major Oil Spill Fund Sources 7 I RALLY 2015

8 Priorities by Gulf Oil Spill Fund Sources NRDA Priorities Restore and Conserve Habitat RESTORE Act Priorities NFWF GEBF Priorities Restore and Conserve Habitat Benefit or restore natural resources that were impacted by the spill Restore Water Quality Restore Water Quality Barrier island and river diversion projects in LA Replenish and protect living coastal and marine resources Replenish and Protect Living Coastal and Marine Resources Projects are chosen in consultation with the States Provide and enhance recreational opportunities Provide for monitoring, adaptive management and administrative oversight 8 I RALLY 2015 Enhance Community Resiliency Restore and Revitalize the Gulf Economy

9 North American Wetlands Conservation Fund Funding comes from fines for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Criminal fine BP agreed to pay for one misdemeanor count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. NAWCF to receive $100 million over 5 years. Funds projects to restore and conserve wetlands in the Gulf, or that would benefit migratory bird species and other wildlife and habitat affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 9 I RALLY 2015

10 Why Land Protection for Gulf Restoration? It works. Permanent protection of land allows for the restoration of natural resources It is feasible. There are thousands of willing property owners in the Gulf region who would sell their land or enter into conservation agreements It provides co-benefits. Decades of research show that permanent land protection restores and protects habitats, restores and protects water quality, protects and restores living coastal and marine resources, restores and enhances natural processes and shorelines, and promotes community resilience and provides recreational opportunities. More than 80% of land in the Gulf region is privately owned. 10 I RALLY 2015

11 The Gulf Partnership was created with support from the Land Trust Alliance in November Our mission - to work together to increase the pace, quality and permanence of voluntary land and water conservation with the Gulf Coast region. 11 I RALLY 2015

12 Funders > Charles Stewart Mott Foundation > Gulf of Mexico Foundation > Knobloch Family Foundation > Land Trust Alliance > National Fish and Wildlife Foundation > Southern Company > State and Private Forestry of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture > Wells Fargo Foundation > Partner Organizations 12 I RALLY 2015

13 Partners Local and Regional AL Coastal Heritage Trust (AL) AL Forest Resources Center (AL) AL Land Trust (AL) Alachua Conservation Trust (FL) Apalachee Land Conservancy (FL) Artist Boat (TX) Bayou Land Conservancy (TX) Coastal Land Trust (AL) Colorado River Land Trust (CO) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (FL) Conservation Trust for FL (FL) Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries (AL) FL Wildlife Federation (FL) Galveston Bay Foundation (TX) Guadalupe Blanco River Land Trust (TX) 13 I RALLY 2015 Land Trust for LA (LA) Land Trust for the MS Coastal Plain (MS) Lemon Bay Conservancy (FL) MS Land Trust (MS) MS River Trust (MS/LA) Pelican Coast Conservancy (FL/AL) Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy (FL) Tampa Bay Conservancy (FL) TX Land Trust Council (TX) TX Agricultural Land Trust (TX) Trust for Coastal Stewardship (LA) Weeks Bay Foundation (AL) Wildlands Forever Trust (FL) Wolf River Conservation Society (MS)

14 Partners - National 14 I RALLY 2015

15 Strategies to increase the pace, quality and permanence of land protection in the Gulf region Participate in the restoration process: build relationships, provide input in planning processes, submit projects Share information about the restoration process with Gulf Partners and share their perspectives with decision-makers, policymakers and funders Develop Conservation Vision and advocate for the priorities expressed in this shared map Provide matching funds to Partners to get projects ready Support partners in implementing projects: land acquisition, conservation easements, restoration, long-term stewardship, conservation planning, education and outreach 15 I RALLY 2015

16 A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region: An Overview 16 I RALLY 2015

17 Partners Developed Focal Areas 17 I RALLY 2015

18 I RALLY

19 19 I RALLY 2015 A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region

20 Report Features 20 I RALLY 2015

21 Project Assistance Fund Supporting Due Diligence Knobloch Family Foundation - $500,000 in late 2013 Matching grants of up to $25,000 Gulf Partnership members eligible Funds may be used for due diligence costs associated with oil spill projects (NRDA, RESTORE, NAWCA, NFWF GEBF) Galveston Bay Foundation is fiscal agent 21 I RALLY 2015

22 Project Assistance Fund 19 sites, 27,000 acres 22 I RALLY 2015

23 Outcomes Land conservation, habitat protection, and water quality improvements are top priorities in most oil spill recovery plans/ programs (NRDA, NFWF, RESTORE, NAWCA) Significant investments in conservation planning for states, regions, estuaries, and river systems setting the stage for strategic land conservation Large restoration and management projects have been funded on public lands Private lands programs are being rolled out through NFWF /USDA NRCS, RESTORE Several land acquisition/easement projects have been funded (Powderhorn Ranch) PGCLC has fostered new and improved relationships among land trusts in region, and with decision-makers and partners (USDA, DOI, EPA, private foundations) 23 I RALLY 2015

24 Next Steps for the PGCLC Transition in 2016 from LTA to Independent Coalition $ - Secure funding for PGCLC, Project Assistance, support to Partners Identify and advocate for implementing specific land conservation projects based on Conservation Vision Continue services such as communications to partners and supporters newsletter, website, Facebook page and twitter Collaborate with Land Trust Alliance for capacity building in Gulf region Recruit additional partner organizations 24 I RALLY 2015

25 For more information Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Web: Facebook: Oil Spill Resources Natural Resources Damage Assessment - RESTORE Council National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund North American Wetlands Conservation Act I RALLY 2015

26 From all of the PGCLC Partners, Thanks to LTA and all our supporters! Bob Stokes, PGCLC Chairman and President, Galveston Bay Foundation Julia Weaver. Gulf Partnership Coordinator, Liz Barber, Gulf Partnership Coordinator, 26 I RALLY 2015

27 27 I RALLY 2015 Q & A

28 Thank you!

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