The 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 , which supports priority conservation needs in the Gulf Coast region that otherwise might not be funded under NFWF's 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 , which will use the funds to implement community-based living shoreline habitat restoration programs in Florida's St. Andrew Bay watershed; the , 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 , 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, 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 , see the NFWF website.