Expanding Corps capacity along the Gulf of Mexico to restore ecosystems and local economies.
The Gulf Coast of the United States has been affected by natural and man-made disasters, including frequent hurricanes and, most notably, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which destroyed the surrounding ecosystem and tourism-dependent economy. In 2013 The Corps Network partnered with the Walton Family Foundation to develop Conservation Corps capacity on the Gulf Coast. The vision was that the Corps could both help restore critical habitats and outdoor recreation infrastructure, while also training local young adults for the growing restoration economy. The Corps Network has had an office based in Gulfport, MS, since 2014.
Launched in 2017, GulfCorps is an initiative funded by a RESTORE Act grant administered by NOAA and The Nature Conservancy. Through this initiative, The Nature Conservancy works with The Corps Network and our member organizations to engage local young people in projects to protect and restore coastal areas in the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. “Every year, young adults in GulfCorps programs complete thousands of hours of training, restore thousands of acres of land and wetland habitats, install tens of thousands of native trees and plants, and do much more to build coastal resilience and outdoor recreation infrastructure.”
The Corps Network’s role in GulfCorps is to expand and improve Corps programming and to support Corpsmembers’ professional growth.
Examples of GulfCorps Projects
- Bank stabilization
- Marsh creation
- Barrier island restoration
MAINTENANCE & MONITORING
- Construction of nesting boxes, fishing piers
- Erosion control
- Construction of irrigation and drainage systems
- Debris removal
- Levee protection
- Hazardous material cleanup
- Environmental sampling
- Species monitoring
- Population studies
The Corps Network provides Corps and other partners – including state and local park and resource management agencies – with technical assistance to improve project and Corpsmember outcomes.