The Nature Conservancy
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2015
Acquisition of approximately 674 acres in Grand Bay adjacent to and between existing protected lands (Alabama Forever Wild program and Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge) which houses a broad diversity of habitats including shell mounds, pine flatwood savannas, oak cheniers, coastal marshes and salt pannes that feed into the vast seagrasses and oyster reefs that dominate Grand Bay proper. Project will protect lands that support a diversity of wildlife, including black bear, coastal and wading birds, waterfowl, neotropical migratory birds, nursery habitat for coastal finfish and shellfish (such as speckled seatrout, redfish, Atlantic croaker, shrimp, blue crabs) and many threatened and endangered species, including the West Indian manatee, Mississippi sandhill crane, Mississippi diamondback terrapin, Gulf sturgeon and opossum pipefish.