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.
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
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
"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
GulfCorps State Factsheets
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
Crews in Florida have impacted over 1,300 acres of coastal habitats at 9 different projects during GulfCorps’ first two years. Download Florida GulfCorps Factsheet
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
Mississippi crews are locating and removing invasive species; planting native marsh vegetation and conducting trail and boardwalk maintenance. Download Mississippi GulfCorps Factsheet
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