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100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Led by the Alabama Coastal Foundation, Mobile Baykeeper, The Nature Conservancy and The Ocean Foundation, the 100-1000 restoration weekend drew volunteers from around the country.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
500+ volunteers worked in teams to build 1/4 mile of oyster reef, creating a living shoreline that will expand the marsh, slow erosion and provide habitat for oysters and countless other species in the Gulf.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Volunteers donned boots and gloves to brave the muddy conditions and give their time to restore the Gulf of Mexico.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Every volunteer received training before joining the line. A total of 23,000 bags needed to be placed to precise specifications to ensure the reef would function over time.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Despite the chilly 8 a.m. start, volunteers arrived at Helen Wood Park with lots of layers and enthusiasm to make a difference in restoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Marsheila Anderson stands ready for the next bag of shells. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama showed its support for the project, arriving with a volunteer crew of roughly 50 employees from its Lincoln facility.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
By mid-day Saturday, volunteers were in full swing, many singing loudly while standing shoulder to shoulder passing 10-20 lbs. bags of oyster shells down a line of more than 200 volunteers.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Brian McPeek, managing director for the Conservancy's North America Region, joined more than 35 additional Conservancy staff from across the country to volunteer their time to rebuild the reef.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Mud was no obstacle for the determined volunteers. Most wore boots, while a few cheerfully braved the conditions in minimalist attire.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
As sections of reef were completed, volunteers hauled wooden pallets back to shore.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Mobile resident and volunteer Ben Foster worked steadily Saturday afternoon, rebuilding the oyster reefs and coast that are in his backyard.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Despite the tough work, volunteers young and old were all smiles throughout the day.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
What does it take to feed an army of hungry volunteers? 500 loves of bread, 12 tubs of hot cocoa, 30 lbs of oranges, 30 bags of chips, 50 lbs of lunchmeat and endless energy from the League of Women Voters.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
Restoration crew leaders cheered on volunteers as they neared completion of the third section of reef on Saturday.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
A crew of AmericCorps volunteers traveled to Mobile on their day off to help build the oyster reef. Their verdict? "We're heroes for the Gulf!"

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
By Sunday, volunteers who were brought together by a common desire to restore the Gulf of Mexico placed 16,000 bags of oyster shells and donated more than 2,400 hours to restoring Mobile Bay.

100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama
January 22-23, 2011
The efforts in Mobile were supported by hundreds of volunteers and numerous partners, including the Alabama Wildlife Federation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

 

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