Gulf Coast Land Conservation Collaboration Conservation Planning and Mapping; Helping the Gulf Coast region Posted on December 6, 2013 by UPLLC

Durham, N.C. – The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (“Partnership”), founded in 2011, is a coalition of more than 30 local, regional, state and national land trusts and land conservation organizations, collectively devoted to improving land and water conservation on private lands in the Gulf of Mexico coastal region. Unique Places, a Durham, North Carolina-based land conservation design and development firm, produced a comprehensive cartographic rendition of the Partnership’s focus area. The rendition will be used for outreach, fundraising and educational purposes to help advance the Partnership’s goals.

“This unique coalition will improve cooperation and collaboration among the separate organizations while providing collective resources to help facilitate greater overall land conservation impacts,” stated Michael Scisco, Unique Places’ Director of GIS and Cartography. “The Partnership will allow a pooling of resources, project a stronger voice and work more synergistically to identify and prevent the many threats to the health of coastal lands and waters.”

Fulfilling one of the branding initiatives for the Partnership, Unique Places created a cartographic rendition that highlighted the overall mission of the Partnership and featured details of select land conservation projects, watersheds, participating counties and other important features along the Gulf of Mexico. The rendition reveals the massive area that was negatively impacted by the 2010 Deep Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill along the Gulf Coast. The rendition also incorporates imagery to pinpoint key areas in need of protection, such as Galveston Bay in Texas, Rockefeller Refuge in Louisiana, and St. Marks Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

The 2010 Deep Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the marine life devastation that touched the five Gulf States – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas – was a catalyst to form the Partnership. The individual organizations recognized the oil spill was one of many threats to the health of coastal lands and waters, and that an organized and effective long-term Partnership could be helpful in addressing the effects of the oil spill and other important issues as well.

You can view the cartographic rendition on the Unique Places website at

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