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Natural Resource Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico - Progress Report

Gulf progress report - October 2012

Get a close and colorful look at how farmers, ranchers and landowners participating in the USDA agency’s partnership initiatives are improving ecosystems, wildlife habitat and water quality on private lands in the Gulf of Mexico region. Featuring 68 pages of information and data, this major new report spotlights more than 20 successful conservation projects put into action by Gulf region producers and forest owners with assistance from NRCS and its partners.

Find out about: 

The Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative that helped producers and landowners create habitat on more than 470,000 acres to prevent migratory waterfowl from landing on coastal areas impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Everglades Initiative that helped restore and protect more than 95,000 acres of wetland habitat in Florida’s northern Everglades as well as create habitat for the endangered Florida panther.

The Gulf of Mexico Initiative launched this year to help producers in 16 priority watersheds manage land and habitat and maintain profitability, conserve water, control sediment and nutrient runoff, and keep saltwater out of habitat needed by threatened and endangered species.     

The Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative that helps producers and landowners along the Mississippi install water quality improvement practices that reduce low-oxygen, or hypoxic, conditions in the Gulf.

The Working Lands for Wildlife Gopher Tortoise Initiative, a partnership between NRCS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that helps producers and landowners provide habitat for this threatened species vital to longleaf pine ecosystems in six states.

Click here to read or download this important new publication! (9MB PDF)

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