Pascagoula River Basin Alliance Member
The mission of the Pascagoula River Basin Alliance is to promote the ecological, economic and cultural health and viability of the Pascagoula, Leaf, Chickasawhay, and Escatawpa Rivers and their watersheds by fostering research, communication, and action.
The Pascagoula River Basin Alliance is a diverse group of stakeholders, including individuals, non-profit agencies, industry, and government agencies. This alliance will: promote continued conservation of naturally functioning ecosystems; foster new scientific research for a greater understanding of natural processes; encourage public enjoyment and understanding of natural resources and their values; and work with communities to explore opportunities for sustainable economic growth.
September 2001, more than 150 people met in Moss Point to assemble information from years of scientific research and management of the land and water in the Pascagoula River watershed. The participants in the Singing River Symposium–conservation professionals, government representatives, industry leaders and local citizens–also took the first steps to create an alliance for stewardship of Pascagoula River resources and native habitats for decades to come…
The need for such an alliance is clear: The Pascagoula is a world-class natural resource. It is the largest free-flowing, essentially unfragmented, river system in lower 48 states. Its bottomland forests, marshes, savannas and aquatic habitats support uncommon wildlife such as swallow-tailed kites and gulf sturgeon. Twenty-two threatened or endangered species reside in this river basin. The watershed, more than most places, is an archetype of the native American landscape. Birds use its extensive north-south forest corridor as a critical re-fueling and rest stop during intercontinental migrations, as they have for thousands of years. Sturgeon–fish older than the dinosaurs–swim the unfettered length of its waterways to spawn as far north as Hattiesburg. Natural fires burn in its wet pine savannas, as they have for eons, and give rise to some of the most diverse populations of plants in North America.
The Alliance will help protect the Pascagoula River system through education, influence and stewardship. The impressive internal and external network that developed since the Singing River Symposium continues to expand.
The Alliance is currently led by a steering committee and has three action committees–communication, finance, and education–that provide the means for individuals, government agencies, and businesses to work together to accomplish the mission of the Alliance. Advisory committees are available to provide technical advice and guidance as needed.
Land Trust Alliance Member
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than five million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices.
As a service-oriented organization, the Alliance supports land trusts across the nation. The organization’s work in the nation’s capital represents the policy priorities of land conservationists from every state; its education programs improve and empower land trusts from Maine to Alaska; and its comprehensive vision for the future of land conservation includes new partners, new programs and new priorities.
- By working with allies in the healthcare industry, the Alliance works to combat the health crisis our country is facing. This crisis is one that more and more researchers attribute to the “pandemic of inactivity” caused by sedentary, indoor lives that isolate us from nature and from one another. Land trusts are well positioned to help bring health benefits to an increasingly urbanized American public.
- The Alliance provides legal security to financially strapped land trusts through Terrafirma, a charitable risk pool owned by participating land trusts that insures its members against the legal costs of defending conservation. As of March 2015, Terrafirma is insuring 7.2 million acres across 24,000 parcels from 476 land trusts.
- Its aspiration is for every person in America to live within 10 minutes of a park, trail or green space. The Alliance recognizes the robust volume of research that shows time in nature improves weight control, physical strength, classroom performance, stress coping, healing after surgery, and problem-solving ability. Consequently, the Alliance sees a moral imperative to connect its work to the lives and hopes of all Americans.
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (the Gulf Partnership) is a coalition of more than two dozen local, regional and national conservation organizations that work in the Gulf Coast region within the five Gulf of Mexico states – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Our mission is to increase the pace, quality and permanence of voluntary land and water conservation within the coastal region.
Member organizations work with private landowners and local communities to protect the most important natural resources and beautiful landscapes in the region: ranchlands, mangrove forests, bays, bayous, estuaries, fresh water springs, longleaf pine forests, as well as sandy beaches and barriers islands.
The Gulf Partnership operates under the fiscal sponsorship of LTMCP and is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of leaders from partner organizations.
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.’ The organization wants every dollar spent on conservation to be used to create the most benefit.
Areas within the Gulf Coast region of highest priority to the Gulf Partnership for protection and restoration of natural areas and resources include:
- Focus areas identified by the partners that reflect local community values
- Migratory bird habitat
- Scenic rivers
- Longleaf pine habitat
- Blossman Gas
- Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home
- Chevron Texaco
- Eco-Logic Restoration Services Inc.
- Guild Hardy Architects
- Hancock Bank
- Holden Earth Moving and Construction
- Lamar Outdoor Advertising
- Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources – Comprehensive Resources Mgmt. Prog.
- Mississippi Power Company
- Mississippi Power Foundation
- Natural Capital Development
- O’Neal Bond Engineering
- South Mississippi Electric Power Association
- Unabridged Architecture
- Yates Construction
Legacy Lifetime Partners
- Jesse and Janet Adcock
- John and Allison Anderson
- Rob Barber
- Laura Bowie
- Margaret Bretz
- Fay Browne
- Phyllis Cosentino
- Bruce and Alice Duckett
- Bob Fairbank
- Joe Jewel
- Claude Johnson
- T. Mitchell Kalom
- John Lambert
- Sam and Ann LaRosa
- Steve Lawler
- Maria Mavar
- Peter and Dita McCarthy
- Julie Moore
- Walter Morton Sr.
- Martha Murphy
- David and Nancy Murray
- Nell Murray
- Julia O’Neal
- William “Corky” Perret
- Thomas and Patricia Spinks
- Merry Thomson
- Jan Walker
- Jim and Terri Wyly