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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

New Study Reveals Economic, Environmental and Social Impact of Half Moon Reef Restoration

Matagorda Bay, Texas
October 13, 2016

A restored reef in Texas is helping both the environment and economy. Learn More

BP Oil Spill Fines Clear Way for Largest Restoration Effort in U.S. History

New Orleans, Louisiana
April 4, 2016

Groups working on Gulf restoration lauded news today of the signing of the consent decree between the Department of Justice and BP. The agreement is the final step to settling BP's penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. 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

RESTORE Council Releases Priority List of Gulf Restoration Projects for Funding

New Orleans, Louisiana
August 13, 2015

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council released its Funded Priorities List (FPL) today, outlining the restoration projects the Council intends to prioritize for funding following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 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

The Nature Conservancy in the Gulf of Mexico Statement on BP Settlement

Mobile, Alabama
July 2, 2015

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

Restoration Spending on Right Course 5 Years after Oil Spill

Mobile, Alabama
April 22, 2015

New report identifies Gulf restoration priorities receiving, and still awaiting, funding. Learn More

Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue

Washington, D.C.
April 17, 2015

Five years after the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, nation’s largest environmental groups ask the President to accelerate restoration. Learn More

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces More than $100 million for Gulf Coast Restoration Projects

Arlington, Virginia
November 15, 2013

The Nature Conservancy Applauds NFWF for Funding Projects that Promote Restoration and Resiliency in the Gulf Learn More

Gulf Council Releases Plan for Rebuilding Gulf Environment, Revitalizing Communities

Arlington, Virginia
August 22, 2013

The Nature Conservancy Supports Council’s Work in Setting Forth a Framework for Restoration; Urges Adoption of Final Plan  Learn More

Businesses with Combined Annual Revenues of $20 billion Send Letters to Gulf State Governors in Support of Restoration

February 22, 2013

Many different groups are coming together in support of the strong connections between environmental restoration and economic renewal.  Learn More

Gulf Restoration Groups Praise Historic Settlement for Oil Spill

Washington, D.C.
January 03, 2013

Transocean penalties a step forward for unprecedented restoration efforts Learn More

New Opportunities for a 'Restoration Economy' on the Coast

Thibodaux, Louisiana
July 19, 2012

Connecting the dots to put local people to work on new projects in the Gulf Coast: between businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and workers. Learn More

Nature Conservancy Applauds the Gulf Task Force’s Comprehensive Strategy for the Restoration of the Gulf

Houston, Texas
December 05, 2011

Part of the state and federal commitment includes an ambitious NRCS Gulf of Mexico Initiative Learn More

Congress Should Heed Oil Spill Commission Recommendation to Use Fines for Gulf Restoration

Washington, D.C.
January 11, 2011

Eight non-profit groups today called on Congress to heed a key recommendation in the final report from the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. Learn More

Letters of Support

The Nature Conservancy Supports Reauthorization of the National Estuary Program

Arlington, Virginia
July 22, 2015

Senator David Vitter from Louisiana and Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island are sponsoring legislation to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). There are seven NEP sites in the Gulf of Mexico all of which contribute in very important ways to restoration of the Gulf. NEPs have been particularly effective in engaging local groups and strong science input in their restoration efforts. The Nature Conservancy supports reauthorization of the National Estuary Program. Learn More

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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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