Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program Grant Virginia Beach applied for

The program, also known as CELCP looks like it was written to protect, restore and preserve PHP:

The program provides state and local governments with matching funds to purchase significant coastal and estuarine lands, or conservation easements on such lands, from willing sellers.

Learn more at NOAA’s Ocean & Coastal Resources Management page.

The first project was in 2002:

The State of Mississippi partnered with the CELCP, and provided matching funds, to preserve the island as habitat for birds and other wildlife and to provide recreational opportunities for the public.

Virginia’s report from DEQ, an 81 page PDF includes:

Relevance to CELCP Public lands that offer a myriad of recreation opportunities are needed throughout the Commonwealth to meet the needs of a growing population. Citizens want additional public lands that are accessible for a variety of outdoor recreational activities and as places to experience and interact with nature. Funding for public recreational land acquisition is a necessary component of a comprehensive strategy, because private lands protected by conservation easements rarely include public access. Virginia struggles with a lack of consistent, stable state funding. Much has been leveraged through strong public-private partnerships, as will continue with funding under CELCP.

Hampton Roads Conservation Corridor Study (Hampton Roads Planning District Commission)
Program Summary The Hampton Roads Conservation Corridor Study, developed by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) and funded by the Virginia CZM Program, is a green infrastructure-based approach to identifying important natural resources in the Hampton Roads region, specifically areas of high ecological value and high water quality protection value.

As DEQ states in their report, Virginia struggles with a lack of consistent, stable state funding. Much has been leveraged through strong public-private partnerships, as will continue with funding under CELCP.

It appears when the CELCP was designed, it was written with Pleasure House Point in mind.

Here is Virginia’s chance to change their record of a lack of consistent, stable state funding by helping [leverage] through strong public-private partnerships to save 100% of Pleasure House Point for future generations while we have this incredible window of opportunity.

Virginia’s opportunity doesn’t necessarily require it to write a check to the Trust for Public Land – various agencies could play a much larger, more leveraged role in speaking out in favor of restoring and protecting PHP in it’s entirety.

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