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Restoring the Gulf

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The Gulf of Mexico is a national treasure. The Gulf eco­system hosts a diverse array of habitats from coral reefs and hyper-saline lagoons to emergent wetlands and vast sea grass meadows. The land area of the Gulf’s five states — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — encompasses more than 290 million acres. Consequently, the management of private agricultural lands tremendously influences the health of the region’s industry, tourism and natural resources, especially when it comes to the quality and quantity of water needed to keep the Gulf of Mexico alive.

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Implementing the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy will require concerted work and partnership among all the trustees and agencies involved on both public and private lands. With its unique mission and ability to implement conservation in a timely manner, NRCS proposes a comprehensive approach to Gulf restoration on private lands.

Our five-step approach:

Gulf Step 1

Expand NRCS’ Gulf of Mexico Initiative to restore the health of major rivers in all five Gulf states. 

Gulf Step 2

Increase investments to restore and protect coastal Gulf of Mexico. 

Gulf Step 3 Expand NRCS’ Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative in the lower Mississippi River delta and along all five Gulf Coast states. 
Gulf Step 4 Launch an NRCS “Room for the River” project to restore the Mississippi River’s floodplain. 
Gulf Step 5 Expand NRCS’ Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative in the lower and upper basin states to improve water quality and quantity, and help address the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. 
Download the strategy document here.
 
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Taylor Wilcox has used conservation practices on his rice and cattle farm in coastal Texas to improve the quality of water that flows to the Gulf of Mexico while also improving the habitat for the region’s many migratory birds. Read more. 

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SF Tech Assist Technical Assistance: NRCS conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners wanting to make conservation improvements to their land.
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Financial Assistance: Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land.

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Get Started: This step-by-step guide helps farmers and ranchers know what to expect when seeking assistance from NRCS.