Three young people in hard hats, gloves and conservation corps shirts, clearing branches in a forest.
Forest Clean-Up Members of the Conservation Corps clear brush within a forested area of Summerdale, Alabama to prepare for a controlled burn that will bring new life to this forest. © John Stanmeyer

Stories in the Gulf of Mexico

GulfCorps

Creating jobs and restoring the Gulf of Mexico.

This page was updated on July 31, 2020.

Restoring the Gulf’s Environment and Economy

GulfCorps, a project of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), aims to create jobs for hundreds of young adults along the Gulf of Mexico. With the support of the RESTORE Council (Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revised Economies of the Gulf Coast States), GulfCorps protects and restores the Gulf’s lands and waters while creating jobs through conservation corps in the five Gulf states (Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas). These crews are teams of young adults restoring the natural features and habitats on critical conservation lands.

GulfCorps launched in 2017 when NOAA awarded a $7 million grant to TNC for the creation of the program, a collaboration of TNC, the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and The Corps Network (TCN). GulfCorps mobilized with one crew in each of the five Gulf states in early 2018. By the program’s third year, we plan to have three crews in each state, totaling 15 GulfCorps crews. This project was made possible through funding received from the NOAA Restoration Center and RESTORE Act.

Restoring Communities and the Coast See what GulfCorps is doing for coastal environments along the Gulf of Mexico, and for the young people who have joined the efforts.

Alumni Stories

  • GulfCorps alumnus Simon Haggerty

    Simon Cruz Haggerty

    "GulfCorps has truly been important in my life. First and foremost it taught me passion for the work I do, and that our work is much better when we love what we are doing." Read Simon's Story

  • GulfCorps alumna Sarah Vande Brake

    Sarah Vande Brake

    "As a direct result of the skills and confidence I built with GulfCorps, I was able to get a job as a technician with one of the best agricultural research institutions in Western New York, Cornell Cooperative Extension." Read Sarah's Story

  • Prescribed Fire interns at The Nature Conservancy's North Shore Field Office near Abita Springs, Louisiana. This internship is through a program of the SCA.

    Courtney Gullo

    "GulfCorps put me into a situation where, after learning and training about fire, I could actually go into a conservation and fire career. I could never be more grateful than I am for what GulfCorps has done for my future." Read Courtney's Story

Little St. George Island Living Shoreline
Shoreline stabilization, harvesting marsh plants, and planting behind living shoreline
St Joe Bay State Buffer Preserve
Prescribed fire and fire prep work, invasive ID and treatment/removal, repairing wildfire plow scars and small ditches for proper sheet flow, and repairing low-water crossings
Apalachicola NERR Stewardship Project
Planting, prescribed fire and prep work, invasive ID/treatment/removal, repairing boardwalks, trails, primitive campgrounds, boardwalks and facility maintenance
Apalachicola National Forest Invasive Species
Invasive plant species management
Tate's Hell State Forest
Invasive plant species management, endangered species protection, prescribed fire
Perdido River WMA Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, brush management and fire-risk reduction, natural areas user amenity and trail maintenance
Grand Bay Savanna Complex Stewardship and Bog
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration and vegetation thinning, prescribed fire burn
Bon Secour Stewardship and Mapping
Invasive species management, boardwalk, trail, and facility maintenance
Perdido River WMA Stewardship and Recreation
Invasive species management, prescribed fire and fire preparation, facility and general maintenance and debris removal, hiking trail maintenance
Splinter Hill Bog Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, prescribed fire burn, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
Upper Wolf Bay Tract Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, prescribed fire and fire preparation, facility and general maintenance and debris removal,
Lillian Swamp Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, prescribed fire and fire preparation, facility and general maintenance and debris removal
Meaher State Park Stewardship and Trails
Invasive species management, prescribed fire preparation, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
Meadows Tract Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, prescribed fire preparation, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
Kuppersmith Tract Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, prescribed fire preparation
Dauphin Island Parks Stewardship Project
Incasive species management, sand dune creation, prescribed fire preparation, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
D'Olive Watershed Invasive Species Project
Invasive species management, facility and general maintenance, debris removal
Mon Louis Island Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
Helen Wood Park Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
Perch Creek Preserve Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, prescribed fire preparation, facility and general maintenance, and debris removal
Alabama Recreational Fishing Facility
Invasive species management, facility and general maintenance, debris removal, and planting native vegetation
Prescribed Fire Training Tracts
Prescribed fire training, prep-work, and fire activities
City of Orange Beach Stewardship Project
Prescribed fire and fire prep-work, invasive species management, trail management and facility/amenity maintenance
Round Island Wetland/Island Restoration
Monitoring for percent coverage of planted cells (sea oats)
DeSoto National Forest Habitat Restoration
Invasives species mapping and treatment/removal, erosion control, pitcher plant bog restoration, longleaf pine planting, fire prep work, and prescribed burns
MS NWR Stewardship Project
Invasive ID and treatment/removal, woody vegetation removal in pine savanna habitat, facility maintenance, tail maintenance, prescribed fire preparation and burning
Pascagoula River Apple Snail Removal Project
Emergent, non-native aquatic plant control, and apple snail/egg removal
Bennet Bayou Preserve Project
Invasive species management and brush removal, planting of native trees and march grasses, facility maintenance to trails, boardwalks, signage, boundaries, kiosks, and facilities
Cameron Bay Preserve Project
Invvasive species management, native trees planting, facility maintenance to trails, boardwalks, signage, boundaries, kiosks and other onsite facilities
Ramsey Spring Preserve Project
Invvasive species management, native trees planting, facility maintenance to trails, boardwalks, signage, boundaries, kiosks and other onsite facilities
Sabine NWR Stewardship Project
Prescribed fire, facility maintenance, control of native and non-native vegetation, distribute surveys/questionnaires to waterfowl hunters and engage vistors during volunteer days
Cameron Prairie NWR Stewardship Project
Prescribed fire throughout the refuge, facility maintenance, control of native/non-native vegetation, debris removal, public engagement, wildlife enhancement and management
Lacassine NWR Stewardship Project
Prescribed fire throughout the refuge, facility and recreation amenity maintenance, control of native/non-native vegetation, debris removal, apple snail removal
Bayou Sauvage NWR Invasive Species Mapping
Invasive species mapping, trail and boardwalk maintenance work, and invasive species treatment
Big Branch Marsh Stewardship Project
Pitcher plant bog restoration, endangered species protection, invasive species treatment, trail maintenance, prescribed fire
Armand Bayou Nature Center Stewardship
Invasive and exotic species management
Coastal Heritage Preserve Stewardship Project
Invasive species management and planting native species
Virginia Point Marsh Planting Project
Monitoring native vegetation planting
Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve Stewardship
Invasive and exotic species management
Trinity Bay Marsh Creation
Planting native vegetation
Port Aransas Nature Preserve Stewardship
Invasive species management
Mission Aransas NERR Stewardship Project
Invasive species management
Nueces Delta Preserve CBBEP Stewardship
Invasive species management
Laguna Atascosa Coastal Corridor Planting
Planting native vegetation
St. George Island Living Shoreline & Marsh
Shoreline stabilization, bagging shell, construction survey, transporting and placing bagged shell in place, and harvesting marsh plants
Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve Project
Invasive species and fire prep clearing, planting native trees and plants, boardwalks and trail enhancement, debris and trash removal
Three Mile Creek Apple Snail Removal Project
Emergent, non-native plant control, apple snail/egg removal from bank perimters, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Rangeline Preserve
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Juniper Preserve
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Rio Vista Preserve
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Polo Ridge East
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Polo Ridge West
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Wiese Tract
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - McPherron Tract
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Balzli Preserve
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Shine Preserve
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Weeks Bay Foundation - Crescent Point
Invasive species management, pitcher plant bog restoration, vegetation thinning, preserve maintenance, and debris removal
Armand Bayou Nature Center Stewardship Projec
Invasive species management, planting native species, debris removal, trail maintenance, prescribed fire, waterbird nest construction, education/outreach, rapid stream/shore survey
Coastal Heritage Preserve Stewardship Project
Invasive species management, planting native species, debris removal, trail maintenance, prescribed fire, waterbird nest construction, education/outreach, boundary maintenance
Virginia Point Marsh Planting Project
Monitoring native vegetation planting, planting native vegetation
Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve Stewardship
Invasive species management, trail/boardwalk contruction and maintenance, fence building, debris removal, installation and site prep for kayak launch
Trinity Bay Marsh Creation
Planting native species, living shoreline maintenance, trail/boardwalk/bridge construction
ECO Center Plant Propagation & Facility Rehab
Plant propogation, facility maintenance
Galveston Island State Park Conservation
Invasive species management, planting native species, debris removal, trail and boardwalk maintenance, prescribed fire and prep, cultural surveys
Sheldon Lake State Park Conservation Project
Invasive species management, planting native species, debris removal, trail and boardwalk maintenance, prescribed fire and prep
Texas City Prairie Coastal Conservation
Invasive species management, planting and propogation of native species, debris removal, trail and boardwalk maintenance, prescribed fire and prep
Cohn Preserve Conservation Project
Invasive plant spraying, boundary sign maintenance and installation, native planting
Port Aransas Nature Preserve Stewardship
Invasives, planting native veg, trail/boardwalk/public access, monitoring
Fennessey Ranch NERR Stewardship Project
Invasives, trail/boardwalk/public access, birding amenity creation, prescribed fire and prep, education/outreach
Nueces Delta Preserve CBBEP Stewardship
Invasives, trail/boardwalk/public access
Laguna Atascosa Coastal Corridor Planting
Planting native vegetation, other
Southernmost Preserve Vegetation Project
Planting native vegetation, outreach/education, trail/boardwalk/public access, invasives
Cohn Preserve Conservation Project
Invasives, boundary signage, planting native vegetation
Padre Island National Seashore Conservation
Invasives, boundary signage and exclusionary measures, debris removal, planting native veg, trail/boardwalk/public access, oil well and gas pad restoration, education/outreach
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Invasives, water control inventory, debris removal, prescribed fire and prep
Mustang Island State Park Conservation
Invasives, debris removal, boundary signage and exclusionary work, prescribed fire and prep, planting native veg, education/outreach, facility maintenance, facility maintenance
Goose Island State Park Conservation Project
Invasives, prescribed fire and prep, trail/boardwalk/public use, debris removal, living shoreline

GulfCorps Projects Explore this map of current GulfCorps projects and the places we work to protect.

GulfCorps Program Factsheet

GulfCorps State Factsheets

  • help their communities recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael

    Alabama

    In 2018 GulfCorps launched in Alabama with one Student Conservation Association (SCA) crew in Mobile, which grew to two SCA crews in Year 2. Download Alabama GulfCorps Factsheet

  • Prescribed Fire interns at The Nature Conservancy's North Shore Field Office near Abita Springs, Louisiana. This internship is through a program of the SCA.

    Louisiana

    GulfCorps launched in Louisiana in 2018. Its two crews have impacted over 100 acres of wetland and upland habitat through 7 active projects during GulfCorps’ first two years. Download Louisiana GulfCorps Factsheet

  • Sarah Vande Brake and Christina Vallin prepare for the day during their GulfCorps experience.

    Texas

    In 2018, GulfCorps launched in Galveston with a single crew, and added a crew in Corpus Christi in Year 2 of the program to expand project locations throughout Texas’ upper and middle coasts. Download Texas GulfCorps Factsheet