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Gulf Islands National Seashore (Florida) Night Sky Restoration (Planning and Design)

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

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Project Description

This project will improve habitat on Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS) by determining the best way to reduce artificial light in the project area, which is a goal identified within the GUIS General Management Plan (National Park Service 2014). The project will be implemented two phases. Phase I includes planning and design (P&D) activities, which will help the Florida Trustee Implementation Group (FL TIG) plan for a future Phase II implementation of retrofits and lighting practices that will help restore and improve coastal habitats at GUIS damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Phase I will generate a report describing upgrading materials and practices for lighting that presently encroaches into and negatively affects habitat on GUIS and, incidentally, nearby coastal and marine areas, in Escambia County, Florida. As light pollution that affects wildlife at GUIS is measured, understood, and experimentally decreased, GUIS habitat is improved. Specifically, the project will include: • An assessment of the baseline night sky conditions and human and wildlife responses to pilot lighting tests; • An assessment of artificial lighting on coastal habitat by: a) using remote sensing and National Park Service (NPS) data products to measure sky brightness and identify locations within the communities in the project area that disproportionately contribute to light, and b) producing an inventory of municipal lighting currently in use; • Development of a detailed strategy to improve the identified problematic lighting by a) evaluating the potential economic and environmental benefits of the new lighting, b) conducting pilot tests of on "More Info" link below


Mark VanMouwerik
(970) 225-3507
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