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Gulf News Winter 2010
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  Quarterly newsletter from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation
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20 years working for a healthy Gulf

In This Issue:

GMF celebrates 20 years

Board of Directors approves new Foundation logo

Applications for teacher workshops due March 12

SSCN students join Winter Texans in advocacy group

GMF to continue coordination for habitat team

Workshop looks at new ways to stabilize shores

 
America's Sea – Keep It Shining!
DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
GMF celebrates 20 years
February 2010 - Wow! 2009 is history, we are almost through the first quarter of 2010, and May 24, 2021 is the 20 year anniversary of the incorporation of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation – 20 years – it does not seem possible. It seems like only last month that members of the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Citizen Advisory Committee decided to form the Gulf of Mexico Foundation as a private non-profit conservation organization. But pictures don’t lie – the people in the photographs of the early years are definitely 20 years younger than those staring back from our mirrors today.
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BOARD / CEO COUNCIL
Board of Directors approves new Foundation logo
January 2010 - During the GMF Board of Directors' winter meeting held January 26-27 in Houston, Gulf of Mexico Foundation new logothe board approved use of a new logo for the Foundation. The logo, designed by Kim Lacayo and Justin Ferguson of Anadarko, is being launched as part of the GMF's 20th year anniversary celebration. The new design replaces the original logo which has been used since the GMF's inception in 1990 and depicted the map of the Gulf of Mexico. The board meeting was hosted by Transocean, which also sponsored a dinner for Board members the first evening. The next board meeting will be held in Houston in May. READ MORE
EDUCATION
Applications for teacher workshops due March 12
February 2010 - The GMF will sponsor two teacher workshops this summer, Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY), and Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Cruise (IWWC). Both workshops are sponsored annually by the GMF for K-12 and college entry educators nationwide. Space is limited. Application deadline for both teacher workshops is March 12. Information and forms are available on the GMF Teachers Trips webpage.
    DUOY is a five-day workshop that includes a two-day land-based workshop in Galveston, Texas, and three days of scuba diving aboard a 100-ft live-aboard dive boat. Set for July 10-14, DUOY focuses on the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. Non-diving educators are welcome to attend the land-based workshop only.
   IWWC will take place June 14-18 aboard the same live-aboard vessel only instead of going offshore, this hands-on workshop will focus on coastal habitats and issues facing the Gulf Coast and its inhabitants. The cruise will begin in Freeport, Texas, and travel along the Intracoastal Waterway towards New Orleans, Louisiana.
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SSCN students join Winter Texans in advocacy group
Upper 33 ClubFebruary 2010 - The GMF's Science & Spanish Club Network is now complemented by an adult-based club called the "Upper 33 Club," made up of about 60 computer-literate retirees from the US and Canada who winter in Texas. The Upper 33 Club helps teach the youth-based SSCN members science-based knowledge that the students can use to advocate for conservation of the Gulf of Mexico watershed or "Gulfshed."
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CONSERVATION / RESTORATION
GMF to continue coordination for habitat team
February 2010 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this Gulf of Mexico Alliancemonth that GMF will receive additional funding to continue coordinating the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team (HCRT), one of six Priority Issue Teams of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA). The Foundation received $732,000 from the NOAA Coastal Services Center to continue its coordination role for the HCRT through 2011. The HCRT is made up of local, state and federal agencies, business and non-profit partners from around the Gulf region. The team is committed to addressing the wetland and coastal conservation and restoration priorities in the Gulf of Mexico from a regional standpoint by increasing coordination among the Gulf States. READ MORE
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Workshop looks at new ways to stabilize shores
February 2010 - GMF staff members Ryan Fikes, Richard Gonzales and Mikell Smith attended the "Texas Coastal Bend Living Shorelines" workshop held on February 11 in Port Aransas, Ryan Fikes at Texas Coastal Bend Living Shorelines workshopTexas. The event was sponsored by Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training, a collaboration of agencies and groups aiming to deliver relevant information to key stakeholders on issues related to the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. During the one-day event held at the Port Aransas Community Center, participants learned about new methods to protect land and ecosystems from shoreline erosion – natural systems that provide more effective protection than conventional methods such as bulkheads or seawalls. READ MORE
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