The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

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Dear Friends,

I know from your calls and e-mails that many of you are deeply concerned about the potentially devastating effects of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Beginning on Saturday, the oil began coming ashore in Louisiana and Alabama, threatening not just fragile conservation and restoration projects, but the entirety of the delicate coastal system.

While disaster response is still in its early stages, The Nature Conservancy has offered the federal government the full use of our resources and expertise in whatever capacity is needed. As always, we are letting science guide our work. In the coming days and weeks, we will closely monitor the effects of incoming oil on oyster reef and wetlands restoration projects in affected gulf states and let that data inform our strategies here in Texas.

Below are links and contacts to provide more information about the spill and how you can volunteer or support relief efforts:


Laura Huffman
Texas State Director

Mark Tercek blog: Follow Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek on Cool Green Science to learn more about how the Conservancy is helping with relief efforts.

Keith Ouchley blog: Stay up to date on impacts to coastal projects by reading the blog of the Louisiana chapter's state director.

Bill Finch blog: As director of science for The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, Bill Finch gives a firsthand account of the oil spill's effects on newly restored oyster reefs and other delicate coastal systems.

NOAA: Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration homepage to read the latest incident national news and government response information.

Facebook Gulf Coast Oil Spill Volunteers page: Learn how you can help using the popular social networking site.

National Wildlife Refuge Association: Get updates on the impacts of the oil spill on Gulf Coast wildlife refuges.

American Bird Conservancy: Get more information on how the spill could affect migratory bird populations.

The Texas General Land Office: Visit the Texas land office's oil spill reporting and response page.

Galveston Bay Foundation

Galveston Bay Keeper

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