Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative
The Corps Network stands ready and willing to assist the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council with the ecosystem and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
We aim to build Conservation Corps capacity in the Gulf Coast through a five-year project designed to provide ecosystem restoration and build the infrastructure necessary to sustain existing and establish new Conservation Corps programs in underserved areas across the gulf coast.
Although we have yet to see the long-term environmental and economic impact of recent disasters (ranging from the oil spill to hurricanes and flooding), mobilizing a trained workforce to effectively carry out restoration programs is the best way we can diminish any further ecological degradation.
Our goal: employ over 700 local youth and veterans on restoration projects across the Gulf Coast and to establish local Conservation Corps which will continue the legacy of inspiring young people to serve their communities and embark on pathways to promising careers.
For each new Corps, TCN will provide:
• Technical assistance in program design and management;
• Funding for a Program Manager and Coordinator on site;
• Agreed upon weekly project rate for Crewleaders’ wages and Corpsmembers’ stipends;
• Up to $25,000 per year for project startup costs and site support based on organizational need.
Download The Corps Network Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative white paper - SECOND EDITION
Gulf Coast Restoration Corps white paper - FIRST EDITION
News and Updates from the Gulf Coast:
PUBLICATION: Coastal Streams and Habitat Initiative: A Conservation Plan for Nine Mississippi Coastal Streams
VIDEO: Essentials of Coastal Habitat Restoration 2015
VIDEO: A Local Restoration Economy Via Conservation Corps
PRESS RELEASE: $500,000 Awarded to Establish Gulf Restoration Conservation Corps
PRESS RELEASE: Mississippi Reaches Landmark Agreement in BP Oil Spill Disaster Case
VIDEO: Happy World Oceans Day from all of us on the Gulf!
ARTICLE: Young adults learn career options while helping the environment at Gulfport's CLIMB CDC
ARTICLE: Climb CDC Offers a New Program
ARTICLE: Climb CDC Students get Conservation Training
WHITE PAPER: Building the Gulf - Recommendations for Ensuring Restoration Benefits for Communities and the Environment
ARTICLE: Voices from the Gulf of Mexico - Restoration is Good Business, interview with John Hosey
VIDEO: Mississippi Awarded $28 million for Gulf Restoration Projects
VIDEO: Group Studies Water Quality in Brickyard Bayou
ARTICLE: Coast Youth Learn Job Skills Testing Water Quality
ARTICLE: Non-profit Groups Work to Restore Coast After BP Spill
RADIO: Coast Gears Up for Restoration Jobs
ARTICLE: Jobs for South Mississippians is Groups' Focus in Spill-Restoration Projects
ARTICLE: Gulf Restoration Projects Begin on the Coast After BP spill
PRESS RELEASE: Initiative Trains Local Youth in Coastal Restoration to Assist in Gulf Oil Spill Recovery