July 18, 2016

NFWF Awards $3.4 Million for Gulf Coast Conservation Projects

News Source: Philanthropy News Digest

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced eighteen grants totaling $3.4 million to enhance habitats, bolster priority fish and wildlife populations, and strengthen resilience along the Gulf of Mexico.

The grants, which are expected to generate more than $6.5 million in matching funds, were awarded through the foundation's Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program, which supports priority conservation needs in the Gulf Coast region that otherwise might not be funded under NFWF's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund or other funding opportunities associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The program focuses on strategic conservation projects in coastal areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Grant recipients include the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association, which will use the funds to implement community-based living shoreline habitat restoration programs in Florida's St. Andrew Bay watershed; the Nature Conservancy, which plans to build 2,640 linear feet (half a mile) of vertical oyster reef structures along the rapidly eroding shoreline of Louisiana's Calcasieu Lake within the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge; the Galveston Bay Foundation, which will construct nearshore segmented breakwater structures to halt shoreline erosion on Moses Lake and help restore elevations suitable to support emergent vegetation and upland coastal species in Dollar Bay; and the Alabama Coastal Foundation, which will launch a comprehensive outreach strategy to local restaurants and the public in support of an oyster shell recycling program aimed at restoring oyster reefs in Mobile Bay.

"Gulf restoration work is reaching new levels of conservation success, benefiting both wildlife and local communities," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "We are excited to build on these achievements with this latest round of Gulf grants."

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the NFWF website.

"NFWF Announces 2016 Awards for Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program." National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Press Release 07/14/2016.