American Forest Foundation
Engaging Landowners in Longleaf Restoration to Benefit At-Risk and Listed Species (FL, LA, MS)
Restore and maintain longleaf pine forests in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to benefit populations of at-risk and listed species, such as gopher tortoise, southern hognose snake, and red-cockaded woodpecker. Project will provide technical and financial assistance to restore or maintain more than 1,100 acres of longleaf pine habitat and secure long-term agreements with family forest owners to provide access to the land for monitoring the effects of these activities on species populations.

Common Ground Relief
Fortifying Bayou Bienvenue (LA)
Restore of 10 acres of degraded marsh habitat along the shoreline of the Bayou Bienvenue Central Wetland area by planting over 3,000 native grasses. Project will engage over 100 students and volunteers in educational and hands-on, site based restoration activities, fostering environmental awareness and stewardship.

Ducks Unlimited
Increasing Community Resilience through Restoration of Dularge Marsh (LA)
Construct earthen terraces, plant marshhay cordgrass, construct a new water control structure, and refurbish a portion of levee in fragmented, deteriorated marsh in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Project will enhance and protect 3,764 acres, including creation of 150 acres of marsh habitat, and contribute to the resiliency of Bayou Dularge and Dulac communities.

Ducks Unlimited
Increasing Technical Assistance on Working Wetlands for Louisiana Shorebirds
Increase technical assistance for Farm Bill programs through an established partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to benefit the Working Lands for Wildlife Shorebirds of Louisiana Initiative. Project will enhance approximately 20,000 acres of ricelands through implementation of best management practices and provide critical habitat for Louisiana shorebirds and other species that benefit from working wetlands.

Ducks Unlimited
Port Fourchon Terracing and Living Shoreline Project (LA)
Construct earthen terraces, plant black mangroves and smooth cordgrass, and install a living shoreline protection feature in fragmented, deteriorated marsh adjacent to Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Project will enhance and protect 500 acres of salt marsh and contribute to the resiliency of critical infrastructure in Port Fourchon, such as a section of Highway 1 that leads to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Ducks Unlimited
Restoring Forested Wetlands in Arkansas and Louisiana
Perform hydrologic and forest enhancement and restoration activities on private land in Louisiana and Arkansas and public land in Arkansas. Project will restore hydrology, enhance existing forests, and reforest areas to impact a total of 1,450 acres, benefiting migratory waterfowl, Louisiana black bear and other forested wetland-dependent species.

Forest Landowners Association
Engaging Large-Scale Landowners for Longleaf Pine Restoration (Multiple States)
Establish 2,500 acres of longleaf pine and improve 5,500 acres of existing longleaf forest with prescribed fire on large-acreage private lands within the historical longleaf pine range. Project will address barriers to restoring longleaf pine on large-acreage private lands by building trust among stakeholders to achieve collaborative conservation for at-risk and listed species.

Groundwork New Orleans
Building Climate Resilient Communities (LA)
Build climate resilient communities through revitalization of communities and address climate resiliency issues. Project will provide flood mitigation, job training and career mentoring for youth ages 14 to 25, education on nature-based infrastructure features, and stormwater management, all with a focus on health equity outcomes.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Bayou Grand Cheniere Marsh Creation (LA)
Create approximately 42 acres of tidal salt marsh along Bayou Grande Cheniere in the influence area of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion through hydraulically dredging sediment from the Mississippi River. Project will be adjacent to and under the same construction as 490 acres of marsh and ridge restoration funded by NRDA and help protect coastal communities.

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Developing a Wetlands Restoration Design in the Grand Bayou Community (LA)
Develop designs to create new wetland habitat and restore degraded marsh on up to 1,500 acres of the Grand Bayou Canal to maintain ecosystem function and reduce storm surge damage risk. Project will conduct the preliminary design for restoration and take a data inventory and needs assessment, land rights investigation, and geotechnical investigations.

American Oystercatcher Conservation along Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Coordinate the American Oystercatcher recovery initiative, conduct a range-wide aerial survey to count all wintering oystercatchers along the Southeast Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and reduce the impact of predators and human disturbance on populations of coastal breeding shorebirds. Project will create a framework for long-term protection, restoration, and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

Western Atlantic Flyway Whimbrel Conservation Program (Multiple States)
Expand on efforts to coordinate conservation and monitor declining whimbrel populations using the western Atlantic Flyway. Project will increase coordination of whimbrel partners working throughout the flyway, address information gaps on whimbrel ecology and demography, and continue development of a monitoring program built around night roosts.

Mississippi River Trust
Restoring Bottomland Hardwood Wetland Habitat in the Lower Mississippi River Floodplain (AR, MS, LA)
Work with private landowners to reforest and protect 2,000 acres of frequently flooded, mostly cleared land through the adoption of Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve Easements in the active floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River. Project will expand and enhance habitat for the Louisiana black bear, swamp rabbit, forest-dwelling birds, waterfowl, and freshwater fish; improve water quality in the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico; and increase carbon sequestration.

Sankofa Community Development Corporation
Restoration of Sankofa Wetland Park (LA)
Restore 40-acres of coastal wetlands by removing over 3,000 invasive plant species, planting 40 acres of native vegetation with 10,000 native plants, including cypress and tupelo trees, and building a retention pond to store over 8,000,000 gallons of water. Project will improve water quality, attract birds and wildlife by restoring their natural habitats, and retain and store floodwaters to mitigate flood damage and climate change in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
Living Shoreline Installation on Lake Chien (LA)
Install a living shoreline along 1.85 miles of the shoreline of Lake Chien in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana near the Gulf of Mexico to preserve at least an estimated 20 acres of marshland in the first 20 years and 50 acres in 50 years. Project will build over 5 acres of land and will buffer infrastructure investments and estuaries that provide habitat to important fisheries, species of concern, and traditional subsistence customs.

The Carbon Fund
Restoring Forests for Wildlife and Carbon in the Mississippi River Floodplain (multiple states)
Pilot a forest restoration program to improve wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration and storage within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Project will provide outreach and technical and financial assistance to private landowners, with a focus on engaging historically underserved landowners, to reforest frequently flooded marginal cropland benefiting Louisiana black bear and forest birds, including the prothonotary warbler.

The Nature Conservancy
Longleaf Pine Habitat Restoration on Private Lands in West Louisiana
Restore and maintain longleaf pine habitat on private lands in proximity to Kisatchie National Forest and Fort Polk in west-central Louisiana, benefiting open pine and grassland-dependent birds, such as the red-cockaded woodpecker and northern bobwhite. Project will plant 1,200 acres of longleaf pine, implement prescribed fire on 1,500 acres, and engage at least 40 private landowners through field days, workshops and one-on-one technical assistance.

The Trust for Public Land
Restoring Bottomland Hardwoods in the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge (LA)
Restore 1,700 acres of bottomland hardwood forest wetlands within the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. Project will contribute to a multi-year effort to establish a forested habitat corridor between a large expanse of coastal forests in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, and the vast forested wilderness of the Atachafalaya Basin benefiting forest birds, waterfowl and the Louisiana black bear.

University of Memphis
Restoring Habitat and Addressing Barriers to Improving Louisiana Black Bear Populations (LA)
Restore 700 acres of forest habitat in Russell Sage State Wildlife Management Area to benefit Louisiana black bear, pilot a BearWise project coordinator to address human-bear conflicts, and identify landscape barriers to bear movement and gene flow within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Louisiana. Project will restore soil hydrology, forest and understory growth, engage communities to decrease human-bear conflict, and identify which environmental variables influence population connectivity.