The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced ten grants totaling $1.9 million in support of Gulf Coast conservation projects.
Awarded through the organization's Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program, which is focused on coastal areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, the grants will address efforts to strengthen coastal resilience, advance conservation-focused management of private lands, and conserve living resources. Among other things, grant recipients will work to advance the conservation of key species, including sea turtles, marine mammals, waterfowl, the endangered Mississippi sandhill crane, and federally listed mussel species and Gulf sturgeon. Altogether, the projects supported by the grants will sustain, restore, or enhance more than 36,000 acres of coastal habitat along the Gulf of Mexico, with grantee organizations committing approximately $6 million in matching funds, generating a total conservation impact of nearly $7.9 million.
Grant recipients include the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife, which will receive $250,000 to advance water conservation and management on private lands in Florida's Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin; the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, which was awarded $90,131 for habitat reforestation efforts in southeastern Louisiana; Wildlife Mississippi, which will receive $115,468 for a sandhill crane refuge in Jackson County; and the Coastal Prairies Coalition, which was awarded $250,000 in support of its work to strengthen coastal prairie conservation in Texas.
"Successful conservation programs operating at this scale wouldn't be possible without bringing together the public and private sectors," said NFWF executive and CEO Jeff Trandahl. "Innovative partnerships like these drive the overall success of the Gulf Coast Conservation Grant Program, which in turn ensures that critical on-the-ground conservation work gets done throughout the Gulf Coast.
For a complete list of 2017 Gulf Coast Conservation grants, see the NFWF website.