The states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida border on the Gulf of Mexico. The coastline of these states is made up of marshlands, bays, barrier islands, and peninsulas intersected by rivers and streams entering the gulf. Soils range from mineral sands to heavy organic mucks. The area is inhabited by a diverse plant life adapted to fresh, brackish, and saline marshes and mangrove swamps. Terrestrial species grow on upland sites associated with coastal dunes and barrier islands.
The information below will assist with coastal shoreline reclamation, revegetation, wildlife habitat enhancement, and phytoremediation. Conservation Plant Releases developed by the Plant Materials Program selected for use in this area have been proven to be adapted over specific zones around the Gulf Coast Region. Our technical documents will assist you with proper plant selection, establishment, management, planning your restoration project, and locating sources of these plant materials.