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.
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.
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.