Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management
State of Mississippi; US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
The primary objective of this project is protecting important contiguous lands and waters to more effectively and efficiently restore and manage target habitats for the benefit of resources injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project includes acquiring up to 8,000 acres and managing up to 17,500 acres within the boundaries of the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), and Grand Bay Savanna Coastal Preserve in Jackson County, Mississippi. Land will be acquired from willing sellers. Target habitats (coastal marsh, beach, freshwater marsh, savannas and flatwoods, and forested freshwater scrub-shrub) will be enhanced. Restoration measures include invasive species management, mechanical clearing, chemical treatment, and prescribed fire. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is a project partner.
For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/