Judy Haner is the Marine and Freshwater Programs Director for The Nature Conservancy in Alabama, where she oversees marine, estuarine and freshwater restoration, coastal ecology, regional conservation efforts and linking communities with resources.
She joined the Conservancy in 2010, just months before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now a key member of The Nature Conservancy’s Gulf of Mexico team, Judy has spent countless hours focused on post-spill recovery and long-term restoration efforts in Mobile Bay and the larger Gulf region. She helped conceptualize and initiate the “100-1000: Restore Coastal Alabama” project to build 100 miles of oyster reefs (essential to shoreline protection and wildlife habitat) and enhance 1,000 acres of coastal marsh and seagrass. With public and private funding, The Nature Conservancy and its partners installed the first ¼ mile of reef in early 2011 with the help of public agencies, private partners and more than 500 volunteers from across the country.