Trail Reopening Event Highlights Significance of Ecotourism in Gulf

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In January, the Jeff Friend Trail at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, Alabama, was re-opened after closing for restoration last fall. The project includes new longer-lasting composite material boardwalks, several new viewing platforms, and easier-to-navigate trail materials. 

Funding Available to Help Improve Upper Pascagoula and Mississippi Coastal Water Quality

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The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group recently approved the Upper Pascagoula Water Quality Enhancement Project for funding. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting applications from land owners or controllers interested in financial assistance to participate in the project.

Open Ocean Trustees Initiate Restoration Planning

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The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has initiated drafting of its first and second post settlement draft restoration plans to address natural resource injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Open Ocean Draft Restoration Plan 1, expected release summer 2018:

Deepwater Horizon Trustee Members Providing In-person Program Updates at GoMOSES Next Week

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Many members of the Deepwater Horizon Trustee Implementation Groups and the Cross-Trustee Monitoring and Adaptive Management work group will participate in the upcoming Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference in New Orleans.

Members will give presentations covering a host of different topics. We encourage partners and stakeholders who are at the conference to stop by the following sessions.

January 17 Louisiana Trustees' Public Meeting Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

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Due to the inclement weather and hazardous road conditions in South Louisiana tomorrow, the January 17 Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group’s public meeting scheduled prior to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board meeting in Baton Rouge has been CANCELLED.

New Osprey Nesting Platforms Installed in Alabama

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Finding a suitable place to build a nest can be a challenge for osprey that live along the Alabama coast. Thanks to an early restoration project approved by the Trustees in late 2015, osprey now have five new nesting platforms to choose from in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The Osprey Restoration in Coastal Alabama project provided these additional locations to increase the nesting success of osprey and help mitigate the injuries they suffered due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.