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RESTORE Act Updates

Mar 13

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) 2017 annual report

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 3:09 PM by Jim Muller

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) published its 2017 annual report.  A low-profile conservation foundation, NFWF has gained more visibility the last few years with its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, established with settlements from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and "created to benefit species and habitats impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill." "The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to sustaining, restoring and enhancing the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats for current and future generations. NFWF will advance its mission through innovative public and private partnerships, and by investing financial resources and intellectual capital into science-based programs designed to address conservation priorities and achieve measurable outcomes.";FlUdqqAPRPGVBGAqjXKk5A==&licu=urn:li:control:d_flagship3_profile_view_base_recent_activity_details_all-object
Mar 13

Making Heads or Tails of BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 3:07 PM by Jim Muller

As a result of the BP oil spill, billions of dollars are going to restoration and recovery efforts in the Gulf, with most of that money going to restoration projects. Although there are many different types, restoration projects can be technical and difficult to understand. So how are members of the public supposed to make heads or tails of them?

To help the public better understand how to evaluate restoration projects, the Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with Steps Coalition, Audubon Mississippi, National Wildlife Federation, and Ocean Conservancy, will be hosting an in-person event in Gulfport, MS on “Making Heads or Tails of BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects.”

The event will bring together experts to cover topics such as how to navigate through restoration projects to understand when one “good” project could be prioritized over another, how to deal with scientific uncertainty, and how restoration projects work in practice. The goal of this event is to provide participants with tools and information about restoration projects so that they can more effectively engage in the restoration and recovery efforts moving forward.

March 27, 12-2, Gulfport MS;DgCXkT13TMCpX2ZIscuuXg==
Feb 05

Bozeman students create living shoreline, News Herald, Feb. 5, 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 3:46 PM by Jim Muller

"Erosion has taken a toll on the banks of the John B. Gore Park, and Deane Bozeman students came out Friday to stop it through a shoreline restoration project.

Students loaded about 1,000 mesh bags of purchased recycled oyster shells onto the banks of the park, creating both a breakwater to protect the coast and quality habitat.

“It’s not really hard work,” said sophomore Caitlynn Oswald. “The oysters are a little heavy, but it’s not unusual.”

The project gave the students, who have been studying shoreline restoration in class, a chance to take their lessons to the shore.

“This allows them to do the hands-on portion, and see it all come to fruition,” Peltonen said.

Bozeman students have taken part in the project since 2015, as a part of the Bay Grasses and Classes project, said Riley Timbs, habitat restoration and education coordinator...."