WASHINGTON — The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, a Land Trust Alliance program, announced the release of “A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region” report, according to a press release.

Developed in collaboration with The Conservation Fund and The Nature Conservancy in response to the “Deepwater Horizon” spill and decades of slow ecosystem decline, the newly released report unites multiple partners to identify priority focus areas for economic revival and land conservation in the Gulf of Mexico, stated the release.

The report highlights voluntary conservation opportunities to inform long-term regional efforts by public agencies, local landowners and others; presents state and regional maps showing priority locations for restoration and conservation activities; and provides a resource for federal and state policy makers, continued the release.

In 2010, the Land Trust Alliance organized a partnership uniting all major nonprofit, private organizations working to protect and restore lands across the five-state coastal region, following the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, noted the release.

“Our shared vision to conserve the coastal region’s valuable natural areas will guide voluntary conservation actions in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas for years to come,” said Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth. “As we work together to conserve and revive a region that is losing up to $22.7 billion in tourism revenue and $8.7 billion in commercial fishing activity from the Deepwater Horizon spill, we will collaborate with private landowners and stakeholders to protect habitats, natural resources and economic opportunities.”

Read the entire release here.