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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