Gulf Coast

The Louisiana Gulf Coast is a place of romance and beauty, where vibrant swamps and marshes touch shores of cypress trees draped with Spanish moss. Alligators glide through dark waters, brown pelicans search for fish, and native mammals like Louisiana black bears raise their cubs.

If the cypress swamps here aren’t protected from extreme and frequent flooding, this unique landscape could be changed forever. Louisiana is now losing 25 to 30 square miles of marsh each year and flooding has become extreme in the Atchafalaya River Basin, with the most severe floods drowning cypress seedlings for good.

How your symbolic adoption can make a difference

By participating in the Adopt-an-Acre® program you’re helping restore wetlands in places like the Gulf Coast to give nature a future.

With your help, we can create a future in which extraordinary wildlife can thrive, alongside traditional ways of life like fishing and shrimping. The Gulf Coast is home to unique wildlife, including:

  • Louisiana black bears: Although about 1,200 of these webbed-footed bears remain in the wild, their habitats are scattered. Their future survival depends on the preservation of the state’s cypress swamps.
  • Brown pelicans: The state bird of Louisiana, they had almost disappeared in the 1960s, but in recent years have been making a comeback along the Gulf Coast.
  • American alligator: Louisiana’s coastal swamps are home to the American alligator, the official state reptile and a favorite among tourists.

Acre Protection Goal: 250,000 acres


Do something great for the natural places you love and for the wildlife that needs those places to survive – Adopt An Acre® today!

When you make a symbolic gift you are supporting The Nature Conservancy’s general mission.