Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Trail Enhancement

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Project Location: Alabama

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Engineering and/or Construction

Targeted Resources

Recreational Resources

Project Description

The Jeff Friend Trail renovation project at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Alabama will address lost recreational use on Department of the Interior lands in the five Gulf States. After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, significant amounts of oil reached the sand beaches of Bon Secour NWR. Both the spill and the response caused a loss of recreational opportunities and a decrease in the quality of visitors’ experiences at this coastal refuge. The project will replace the 1,250 foot wooden portion of the trail with a composite material boardwalk. The 3,700-foot gravel portion of the trail will be replaced with a gravel compressed rubber, or other suitable material. Finally the two ADA-compliant parking spaces in the parking lot will be enlarged slightly to improve vehicular access.

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Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 523
Project Name: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Trail Enhancement
SourceUID: 56
Latitude: 30.2417479
Longitude: -87.79064092
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Baldwin
Project Category: Recreational Use
Project Action: Engineering and/or Construction
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Recreational Resources
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2018
Implementing Organization: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Implementing Organization Type: Federal
Point of Contact – Name: Kate Healey
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 251-517-8010
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and status of projects, see
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 4950
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 545110
DWH Funder: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
DWH Funder Type: Joint
DWH Funding Program: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 545110
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0