EarthShare’s Gulf Coast Restoration Fund
announces 2013 project awards
Following 2010'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, Louisiana and Texas.
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 purchase and install protection buoys to mark no-motor zones in sea grass restoration beds around Rabbit Island Preserve in Perdido Bay, Alabama. Propeller scarring is a big problem in sea grass restoration areas. The no-motor zone will help in restoring and preventing future damage to the sea grass beds.
Tampa Bay Watch will receive $2,176.91 to provide transportation for school children participating in Tampa Bay Watch’s Bay Grasses In Classes Wetlands program. These transportation funds will allow new schools to travel to Port Manatee to harvest their initial grasses from the donor marsh, while also helping with bus transportation to the Rock Ponds restoration site once the schools’ grasses reach maturity.
Restore the Earth Foundation will receive $4,000 to purchase high-value black mangrove plants to be planted on Raccoon Island, Terrebonne Parish, LA. The mangrove plants will protect existing and create new critical habitat by reducing the rate of shoreline erosion and establishing black mangrove and dune grasses on Raccoon Island.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation will receive $5,000 to design and fabricate an oval fish transport box for Sea Center Texas. Sea Center Texas remains focused on enhancing key species of fish stock to restore fishery populations impacted by April 2010 oil spill. Over the last three years the center has released 36 million fingerling fish along the upper and middle Texas Gulf Coast. Their current fish transport box is obsolete and in need of replacement. The new oval-shaped box is a better design to ensure maximum survivability of the fingerlings in transport from the hatchery to release in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thank you for supporting healthy restoration in the Gulf!