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Gulf Guardian Award 2001 Synopsis of 3rd Place Winners



Project #: HAB-01-19
Company: The Nature Conservancy – Mississippi Chapter
Project Name: Old Fort Bayou Mitigation Bank
Category: Business
Project Type:  Habitat, NS, NE
Average Rating: 15.750

The Old Fort Bayou Mitigation Bank was established by The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi in 1997 to set high standards and provide wetland mitigation options with a conservation mission.  Before 1997, wetland mitigation dedicated to the goal of “no net loss” of wetlands and focused on state of the art restoration and long-term management of key conservation tracts was not readily available on the Gulf Coast.  The planning and approval process took approximately two years and resulted in the first wetland mitigation bank in the state as defined by the 1995 Federal Guidance on the Establishment of Mitigation Banks.


Project #: HAB-01-33
Company: Submitted by Capt. W. Jay Tarkington
Project Name: Adopt-A-Wetland Program, Corpus Christi TX
Category: Education/Youth
Project Type:  Habitat
Average Rating: 17.0967


The Adopt-A-Wetland Program is an ongoing project throughout Texas that centers on training teachers and others to use wetlands as outdoor laboratories.  The program was developed to provide teachers with relevant curricula and biological tools to increase awareness of wetlands and their importance in the environment. The overall goal of the Adopt-A-Wetland Program is to enable youth and others to be better-informed environmental decision makers. 


No 3rd place; there was a tie for 2nd place



Project #: GEN 01-03
Company: Ruskin Community Development Foundation
Project Name: Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
Category: Citiv/Non-Profit Organization
Project Type:  General Gulf
Average Rating: 14.107


       Camp Bayou is an ongoing project begun in the spring of 1999. With an agreement with the county, the Ruskin Community Development Foundation has restructured an old RV park into a community nature center with all volunteer/all donation support. The visitor's center was created in what was once bathrooms and trails meander through woodlands once marred by trash. Situated along the Little Manatee River, the environmental information and education programs offered here are an attempt to reach the public with the message that our environment is a valuable resource and must be protected.

THIRD PLACE INDIVIDUAL                           

Project #: HAB-01-10
Company: LSU Agriculture Center & Louisiana Sea Grant
Project Name: Marsh Maneuvers
Category: Individual
Project Type:  Habitat
Average Rating: 18.893


Mark Shirley has served as a coastal and marine extension agent since 1984, developing numerous education programs on the area’s coastal ecology, fisheries biology, and resource management.   To parallel his adult outreach efforts, he founded the "Marsh Maneuvers Coastal Education Camp" in 1987. Since then, this program has expanded through various sponsors into a series of four-day camping sessions held annually each July.  The program is now well-recognized as an intensive wetland odyssey featuring a range of educational activities related to coastal ecology, wetland loss, and key social issues affecting the health and economic well being of Louisiana's coastal communities.


Project #: NE-01-25
Company: Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Troy AL
Project Name: Unpaved Roads Erosion & Sediment Control
Category: Partnership
Project Type:  Nutrient Enrichment (also Habitat)
Average Rating: 14.464


The Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority and its partners, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ten county commissions, county engineers, a private engineering firm and the Alabama NPS program installed on the ground measures to control erosion and sediment from unpaved  roads and developed and conducted education programs for road crews involved in maintenance of unpaved county roads. The manual of practice and video created by the project have since been distributed across the nation and around the world. The project, at least in part an outgrowth of an erosion and sediment control workshop addressing unpaved roads that was conducted in March 1999 by the Alabama NPS Education Program. This effort has and will continue to make a difference by reducing sediment delivery to streams in the Choctawhatchee Basin and beyond.

Posted: 12 July 2001

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