EarthShare’s Gulf Coast Restoration Fund announces project awards.
Following last year’s devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf, we asked you and our partners to support ongoing efforts to restore damaged wetlands and help native wildlife and plant species recover from the effects of millions of gallons of crude oil entering their habitat. Thanks to your generous support EarthShare will be funding several vital Gulf Coast restoration and conservation projects planned in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.
Here’s how the benefiting nonprofit organizations will be putting your generous donations to work in the Gulf:
The Nature Conservancy’s Alabama Chapter will receive $4,000 to construct an osprey platform. The platform will be installed at the site of an ongoing oyster bed restoration project at Helen Wood Park in Mobile, Alabama and will be constructed by a local Boy Scout troop.
Tampa Bay Watch will receive $5,000 to restore vital coastal wetlands at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, FL. More than two acres of wetlands will be replanted with native grasses and other plants.
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) will receive a gift of $5,000 to support their Living Shoreline program. CBA workers and volunteers will use a combination of living plants, oyster shells, and other natural structures to help stabilize and protect the northwestern Florida shoreline.
The Woodlands Conservancy of Belle Chasse, LA, will receive $5,000 to help remove trees and plants killed by the oil spill in order to make room for replanting areas with native tree species.
Restore the Earth Foundation will receive $5,000 to support the removal of invasive Chinese Tallow trees at the Louisiana Audubon Research Center. Removal of the non-native trees will prepare the site for the replanting of native, bottomland hardwood trees that have been donated to the center.
The Nature Conservancy’s Louisiana Chapter will receive $5,000 to support an on-going community education and conservation program in Grand Isle, LA. The program focuses on four key areas: native plant nursery and education, maritime forest restoration, preserve stewardship, and critical land acquisition.
Thank you for all your support of a healthy restoration in the Gulf.