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The Nature Conservancy Partners with Duke University to Assess Progress on Gulf Ecosystem Restoration

Orlando, Florida
January 24, 2018

A team of researchers from The Nature Conservancy and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions has received $1,335,798 to conduct research on Gulf of Mexico ecosystem restoration. Learn More

Environmental Protection Agency to Chair RESTORE Council

New Orleans, Louisiana
December 7, 2017

After a year of devastating natural disasters, restoring natural habitats can help make the region more resilient to future storms. Learn More

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300 Environmental Restoration Jobs Coming to Gulf of Mexico

Mobile, Alabama
June 27, 2017

The $7 million-dollar project will be carried out by a partnership formed with the Conservancy, The Corps Network, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Learn More

Gulf Communities and Nature Conservancy Partner for Restoration and Coastal Protection

Maitland, Florida
May 12, 2017

Gulf of Mexico Program receives $244,000 grant to support community resilience. Learn More

The Nature Conservancy Announces Completed Restoration of Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge

Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi
November 10, 2016

The Nature Conservancy is working with public and private partners to restore a jewel in the Mississippi Delta. Learn More

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces more than $80 Million for Gulf Restoration

Arlington, Virginia
November 10, 2015

The Nature Conservancy to implement four projects in Florida, Alabama and Texas. Learn More

Statement from Bob Bendick, Gulf of Mexico Program Director, on BP Settlement

Mobile, Alabama
October 5, 2015

Bob Bendick, Director, The Nature Conservancy's Gulf of Mexico program, shares insights into today's announcement of BP settlement. Learn More

$500,000 Awarded to Establish Gulf Restoration Conservation Corps

New Orleans, Louisiana
August 27, 2015

This public and private partnership will support The Nature Conservancy and The Corps Network project, creating dozens of restoration jobs along the Gulf Coast. Learn More

New Poll: Two-Thirds of Gulf Coast Voters Want RESTORE to Fund Habitat Restoration

Orlando, Florida
July 21, 2015

A new poll completed by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and The Nature Conservancy shows that Gulf Coast voters remain very concerned about the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and overwhelmingly support using the fines resulting from the oil spill on Gulf restoration and conservation projects. Learn More

Statement on Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Settlement by Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia
July 2, 2015

Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, releases statement on the BP settlement. Learn More

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Guest Column: Federal Help Still Key for Saving Gulf

The Advocate
April 21, 2017

Next to the New Orleans International Airport and alongside Interstate 10 west of the city is a stand of dead and dying bald cypress trees. This once beautiful place, a part of the LaBranche wetlands, is suffering from altered hydrology, land subsidence, and salt-water intrusion that have weakened the trees and made them vulnerable to pests, disease, and storms. Learn More

Eat an Oyster, Help Save Louisiana's Coast

The Times-Picayune
February 21, 2017

If you slurp oysters from the half shell in New Orleans, you might be doing more than satisfying a culinary craving. You could be helping to construct reefs that environmental groups hope will save a bit of Louisiana's coastline. Learn More

East Bay Oyster Reef Project Planned

Pensacola News Journal
October 21, 2016

The Nature Conservancy said on October 20, 2016 it plans a major oyster reef restoration project for a 6.5-mile stretch of shoreline near Pensacola. Learn More

Restored oyster reef creating booming marine life in Matagorda Bay

Houston Chronicle
October 12, 2016

Many mornings this summer found a flotilla of as many as three dozen boats bobbing over a 50-acre stretch of water marked by a handful of white/orange buoys off Palacios Point in West Matagorda Bay. Learn More

Gulf Coast Farm, Forest Conservation to Receive $328 Million

The Times-Picayune
September 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday (Sept. 19) it will make $328 million available through 2018 to help agricultural producers with conservation improvements on 3.2 million acres of agricultural and forestry land in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. The program is an expansion of USDA efforts that began in 2010 to address environmental effects of the BP oil disaster. Learn More

Cypress Island Preserve Floodwaters Receding Slowly

September 2, 2016

Flood waters left behind from the storm three weeks ago has turned Cypress Island Preserve into what looks like a swamp. The Nature Conservancy Land Steward Will DeGravelles said the waters has been going down little by little every day, but it’s not going down fast enough. The preserve had accumulated almost 30 inches of rainfall. Learn More

BP's Payments for Gulf Restoration Reveal the Value of the Gulf of Mexico

Tampa Bay Times
August 4, 2016

BP recently announced that the cost to its company of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had reached $61.6 billion. As the Washington Post reported, this is an astonishing figure — bigger than the value of Ford, Honda or General Motors. Learn More

Six Years Later, Deepwater Restoration Money Starts Flowing

Reporting Texas
May 21, 2016

Six years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a Texas coalition is reviewing applications for projects to repair the continuing environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico. The group will award grants worth millions of dollars from a trust fund fed by fines paid by British Petroleum and the other companies responsible for the disaster. But environmentalists say the need far exceeds those resources. Learn More

Dolphins Aid with Gulf Conservation

October 9, 2015

The Dead Zone. It sounds ominous, mysterious. “So it’s a phenomenon that, to my understanding, didn’t even really exist before the 1970s, but is an environmental response to high nutrient loads, primarily nitrogen and phosphorous,” says Seth Blitch, Coastal Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Learn More

Unlikely Partnership Draws Attention to Gulf's Dead Zone

September 21, 2015

You wouldn’t think Indiana and Louisiana have much in common. But that hasn’t stopped the Indianapolis Zoo from developing a partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Their goal? To draw attention to the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone. Learn More

Use Our Environmental Bonanza Wisely

Miami Herald
July 29, 2015

BP SPILL: Workers cleaned up a beach near Panama City after the 2010 oil spill. Florida has now received nearly $3.25 billion as its share of the multi-state settlement with BP. Learn More

Poll Shows Gulf Coast Voters Want BP Settlement Money Spent on the Environment, More So Among GOP Voters than Democrats

Alabama Media Group
July 16, 2015

A new poll shows that an increasing majority of Gulf Coast voters support using the government's $18.7 billion settlement with BP on coastal restoration and conservation projects, and that more Republican voters than Democrats prioritize the spending on restoration over infrastructure. Learn More

BP settlement: States to accept $18.7 billion in damages
July 2, 2015

The Gulf states of Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi settled "in principle" with BP, agreeing to accept $18.7 billion in damages for Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Learn More

5 Years Later: Understanding the Impact

Fox 8 New Orleans
April 20, 2015

Dr. Christine Shepard Interviewed on "Good Day Tulsa"

April 20, 2015

Texas spends Gulf oil spill cash on conservation

April 10, 2012

Protecting Gulf of Mexico crucial for our future

San Antonio Express News
February 29, 2012

Coastal Restoration: A Smart Investment

Huffington Post Green
February 22, 2012

Restoring the Gulf: Difficult and Expensive

Houston Chronicle
December 13, 2011

Gunter Guy's Millions: Spending $100 million no easy task for conservation commissioner

Mobile Press-Register
July 18, 2011

Alabama and Oyster Restoration: A Photographer's View

The Blind Monkey
May 03, 2011

You Break It, You Fix It

Houston Chronicle
April 17, 2011

And the Winner Is...

April 06, 2011

Jimbo Meador talks marshes

Alabama Press-Register
November 21, 2010


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