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​Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Projects

Following consultation with state and federal resource agencies, NFWF awarded more than $1 billion in funding from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund from 2013 through today. The projects listed below are designed to protect, restore and enhance natural and living resources across the Gulf Coast.​


NFWF has awarded more than $148 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 24 restoration projects in the state of Alabama.​

​Little Dauphin Island Restoration Assessment (2017)​

Dauphin Island Bird Habitat Acquisition and Enhancement Program (2017)

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Acquisition (2017)

Acquisition (2015)​

Mobile B​ay Shore Habitat Conservation and Acquisition Initiative 

Phase I (2015)

​Phase II (2017)​

Grand Bay Acquisition (2015)​

Alabama Artificial Reef and Habitat Enhancement (2015)

Enhanced Fisheries Monitoring in Alabama’s Marine Waters

Phase I (2014)​​
Phase II (2015)

Phase III (2016)

​​Coastal Habitat Restoration Planning Initiative (2014)

Alabama Marine Mammal Conservation and Recovery Program (2014)

Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment (2014)

Restoration and Enhancement of Oyster Reefs in Alabama (2013)

Fowl River Watershed Restoration (2013)

D’Olive Watershed Restoration (2013)​


NFWF has awarded more than $110 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 26 restoration projects in the state of Florida. ​

​Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries

Restoration and Management of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat

Eliminating Light Pollution at Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches


NFWF has awarded more than $467 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 12 projects in the state of Louisiana.​

Adaptive Management: Louisiana River Diversions and Barrier Islands

Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering and Design

Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning, Engineering and Design

Camin​ada Beach and Dune Increment Engineering, Design and Construction


NFWF has awarded more than $140 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 18 projects in the state of Mississippi.​

Pascagoula River Corridor Acquisitions (2017)

Coastal Headwaters Protection Due Diligence (2017)​

Utilization of Dredge Material for Marsh Restoration in Coastal Mississippi

​Reef Fish Assessment for Mississippi Coastal and Nearshore Gulf Waters

M​ississippi Coastal Restoration Plan

Audu​bon Coastal Bird Stewardship Program in Mississippi


NFWF has awarded nearly$135 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 42 projects in the state of Texas.​

G​alveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection

Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2015)
Phase III (2017)  

Follets Island land Acquisition and Conservation Program

Phase I (2016)
Phase II (2017)

Hydrological Restoration of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Wetlands - Phase I (2017)

Mad Island Marsh Preserve Shoreline Protection and Coastal Ecosystem Restoration (2016) 

Matagorda Wetlands Acquisition and Conservation (2016) 

Dagger Island Restoration Project (2016)

Galveston Bay Sustainable Oyster Reef Restoration (2015)

Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area Shoreline Protection and Marsh Restoration (2015)

Falcon Point Ranch Conservation Easement Acquisition (2015)

Matagorda Bay Rookery Island, Feasibility Study and Alternatives Analysis (2015)

Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor- Boswell-Jenkins Tract Acquisition (2015)

Bahia Grande Restoration (2015)

Cow Trap Lake Bird Nesting Island Improvements (2015)

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Marsh Acquisition (2014)

Coastal Heritage Preserve Initiative: Bayside Acquisition and Easement (2014)

Virginia Point Shoreline Protection and Estuarine Restoration (2014)

Oyster Lake Shoreline Protection and Restoration (2014)

Greens Lake Protection and Marsh Restoration: Engineering & Design (2014)

Egery Flats Marsh Restoration (2014)

Nueces Bay Rookery Islands Restoration (2014)

Powderhorn Ranch Land Acquisition (2014)

Sea Rim State Park Coastal Dune Restoration (2013)

West Galveston Bay Conservation Corridor Habitat Preservation (2013)

Oyster Reef Restoration in East Bay (2013)​

Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement (2013)​

 To learn about NFWF’s immediate response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, read about projects funded through the Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife​.

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