GCPO LCC Steering Committee and Partners – just wanted to drop you a short note to provide some important information on our upcoming Spring Steering Committee Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-16, 2016, in Baton Rouge, LA, in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s (GOMA) All-Hands Meeting.  GOMA has graciously extended an invitation to us to use their venue, the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, on Tuesday, June 14, the day before the All Hands Meeting starts.  This year, we will meet jointly with the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC on Tuesday, June 14, then relocate out to the Louisiana Dept. of Fish Wildlife Headquarters, to conduct the remainder of our GCPO LCC business on Wednesday afternoon thru Thursday morning, June 15-16.  Following are some web links to the GOMA meeting, and Lodging Information, and a draft agenda for your reference in making travel arrangements:

  1. Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting - http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/announcements/events/2016-all-hands-meeting/
  2. Lodging - Hotel accommodations are through the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.  For reservations by phone, call 800-955-6962. The group code is GMA2 for the discount government rate or GMA for the discount non-government rate. Dates available are June 13 – 17, 2016. For online reservations, go here. The group rate deadline is May 20, 2016.

 

 

Spring 2016 Meeting

Draft Skeleton Agenda

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC/Gulf Coast Prairie LCC/
Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Baton Rouge, LA

June 14-16, 2016

Meeting Venue: This year’s spring retreat will be held in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s All-Hands Meeting, at the Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge, LA. 

Here is a map and summary of Baton Rouge restaurants prepared by GOMA!

 

Monday, June 13, 2016 – Travel Day

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Hilton Capitol Center)

8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Gulf of Mexico Adaptation Strategy (this will be a 4-hour session, to highlight the various projects that we have supported on the Gulf, and start a discussion on what’s next, how do we integrate these projects and use the results to help develop a Gulf of Mexico Adaptation Strategy?)

View/download the morning agenda: "Future Gulf of Mexico direction"

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 5:00 pm - Joint GCPO/Gulf Coat Prairie LCC Steering Committee Meeting1.      

  1.  Forest Wetlands Hydrology in an Era of Climate Change
  2.  Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy Update (Cynthia Edwards)
  3.  Other topics of mutual concern? (SECAS; integrating landscape conservation design across the 2 LCCs?)

View/download the afternoon agenda: *updated agenda* - The Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy and Bottomland Hardwood Riverine Hydrology

5:00 pm - Adjourn (Group Dinner/Social)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8:30 - 11:30 am (Hilton Capitol Center)

  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance – Plenary Session

11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 - 5:00 pm (LA Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries) - GCPO LCC Steering Committee Meeting

  • Draft Blueprint
  • ASMT Meeting - results
  • Communications Strategy

Thursday, June 16, 2016 (LA Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm - GCPO LCC Steering Committee Meeting

  • Budget Overview/Project Recommendations
  • Overview of projects ongoing or completed
  • Steering Committee Charter
    • Vice-chair election

Noon – adjourn (travel home, or attend GOMA Meeting)

 

The GCPO LCC Steering Committee met in Baton Rouge, LA in conjunction with SEAFWA on Oct. 18, 2016.  

View the presentations and notes from the Fall 2016 meeting.

Fall 2016

The GCPO LCC Steering Committee met in Baton Rouge, LA in conjunction with SEAFWA on Oct. 18, 2016.  

View the presentations and notes from the Fall 2016 meeting.

Spring 2017

The GCPO LCC Steering Committee spring meeting dates are May 17-18, with Tuesday and Friday, May 16 & 19, as travel dates. We will be meeting jointly with the EGCP JV on Thursday, May 18 (the EGCP JV will continue their meeting on the morning of Friday, May 19). 

We have secured a hotel room block for our GCPO LCC and EGCP JV meetings in Panama City, FL. The Sheraton Bay Point Resort is about 15 minutes from our meeting venue, Gulf Coast State College, and offers rooms at the federal government per diem rate of $115.00 (single/double occupancy). The cutoff date for our Room Block is April 24, 2017


The Sheraton Bay Point Resort is about 15 minutes from our meeting venue, Gulf Coast State College, and offers rooms at the federal government per diem rate of $115.00 (single/double occupancy). Our meeting dates are May 17-18, with Tuesday and Friday, May 16 & 19, as travel dates. We will be meeting jointly with the EGCP JV on Thursday, May 18 (the EGCP JV will continue their meeting on the morning of Friday, May 19).

You can make your reservation at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort via the following web link:
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1703147782&key=20B8DCC2, or you may call 1-866-912-1042 to make a reservation over the phone (ask for the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation group).

· We will be providing snacks and drinks (coffee, tea, water, etc) each day of the meeting, and are planning catered lunches for both meeting days (Wednesday/Thursday). One lunch will be off-site at the FWS Panama City Field Office. The approximate cost for snacks and lunches for the two days will be $30-$35. We will provide an updated cost a little closer to the meeting.
· We are also planning a field tour for Thursday afternoon, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, followed by a group dinner/social at the Sheraton Bay Point. The field tour will be to the Coastal Dune Lakes of Walton County. http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/all-the-parks-in-walton-county-florida/coastal-dune-lakes-of-south-walton/ (Please wear or bring along appropriate field gear and clothing to the first day of the meeting, as we will depart Gulf Coast State College for the field trip.)

A brief draft agenda is below – we will be sending out a full annotated agenda, along with accompanying notebook materials, a couple weeks prior to the meeting, on May 3, 2017.

Spring 2017 Meeting

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC Steering Committee/
East Gulf Coastal Plains Joint Venture Management Board
Panama City, FL
May 17-19, 2017

Meeting Venue: This year’s spring retreat will be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. We will be meeting jointly with the East Gulf Coastal Plains Joint Venture on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Tuesday, May 16, and Friday, May 19, will be travel days.

Theme: Towards a Conservation Adaptation Strategy in the
Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Travel Day

6:30 pm – for those interested, gather in hotel lobby to go to dinner.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Gulf Coast State College)

8:00 am - Meet in the Lobby to depart for the meeting room at Gulf Coast State College

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Welcome to Florida – Brian Branciforte, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Introductions/Opening Comments

Aquatic Habitat Conservation Planning

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch (tentatively at the Panama City Ecological Services Office)

1:30 – 5:00 pm

Ecosystem Services and Human Dimensions of Conservation Planning

Communications in the GCPO LCC

5:00 pm - Adjourn

6:30 pm (dinner on your own, or meet in hotel lobby at Sheraton Bay Pointe Resort for those who want to go to dinner as a group)

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Gulf Coast State College)

8:00 am - Meet in the Lobby to depart for the meeting room at Gulf Coast State College

8:30 – 10:00 am

EGCP JV Management Board/GCPO LCC Steering Committee separate meetings

10:00 am – 1:30 pm (Joint Session with the East Gulf Coastal Plains Joint Venture/will include a catered lunch)

GCPO LCC and EGCP JV overviews – Greg Wathen and Catherine Rideout to give brief overviews of the 2 partnerships

EGCP JV/GCPO LCC Collaboration – discussion on potential collaboration between the two boards. We will explore current collaborative efforts between the GCPO and EGCP JV, and discuss strategies for increasing the effectiveness and conservation outcomes of those efforts.

2:00 – 6:00 pm – Field Tour, Depart for Field Trip with GCPO LCC staff and steering committee members to the Coastal Dune Lakes of Walton County. http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/all-the-parks-in-walton-county-florida/coastal-dune-lakes-of-south-walton/ (Please wear or bring along appropriate field gear and clothing to the first day of the meeting, as we will depart Gulf Coast State College for the field trip.)

6:30 pm – Group Dinner/Social at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort

Friday, May 19, 2017 – 8:00 – Noon (Gulf Coast State College)

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

East Gulf Coastal Plains Joint Venture Management Board