NOAA & NFWF Announce Millions in Grants

NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced $144 million in new grants to support natural infrastructure projects in 31 coastal states and U.S. territories. The 109 grants announced today will generate more than $97 million in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of $242 million.

The National Coastal Resilience Fund awarded these grants through a partnership between NOAA, NFWF, the Department of Defense, Shell USA, TransRe, SalesForce and Oxy.

The mission of the National Coastal Resilience Fund is to restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife. Established in 2018, the National Coastal Resilience Fund invests in conservation projects that restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands that minimize the impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities.

One of the grantees was the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust located in Florida. Their project will be Designing Mangrove Wetlands Restoration in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Florida. The grant proposes to enhance community resilience to sea level rise and storm events by restoring hydrologic connectivity, promoting sportfish nursery habitat, and supporting fisheries in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Project will, once implemented, restore over 1,000 acres of vulnerable mangrove and marsh wetlands by collaborating with key stakeholders and employing a nature-based approach to provide lasting benefits for coastal communities, essential fish species and the ecosystem

Photo courtesy of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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