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YEAR 2005 - CRP Project #4005 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #4005
Nursery for Tidal Marsh Restoration

Biloxi, Mississippi

tidal plant nursery
The new tidal plant nursery provides coastal wetland plants to restore about
80 acres for this proposal near Cedar Point, Mississippi.

Project name: Nursery for Tidal Marsh Restoration (#4005)
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Project location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Grant period: Jan 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021
Grant amount: $50,000
Land Ownership: Public
Lat/Long: West: -89.856098; East: -88.380474
Types of Habitat: Tidal marsh habitat
Project leader: Leah Bray, Coastal Ecologist
                         Mississippi Dept of Marine Resources
                         1141 Bayview Avenue, Suite 101
                         Biloxi, MS 39530
                         (228) 374-5022x5245 phone
                         (228) 374-5008 fax

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
     Black needlerush (Juncus roemerianus),
     Smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora)
     other species as applicable

Acres of Habitat To be Restored: Restoration plans are being developed for site specific areas within the three coastal counties to include approximately 1,000 acres. The type of habitat to be restored is tidal marsh and will cover approximately 80 acres with the plants developed from this proposal.

Project Goal:
The project will provide a local source of plant material to restore coastal wetlands in conjunction with restoration plans for MS GEMS.

Provide healthy plant specimens of Juncus roemerianus and Spartina alterniflora for approved tidal restoration projects by 2007.

Community Involvement:
The community will be invited to participate in planting of marsh grasses in coastal wetlands. Invitations will be extended to area schools to be coordinated with school science teachers and their ecology and science clubs. This project will provide students with valuable hands-on experience in habitat restoration activities while promoting science education and the value of maintaining a healthy environment. A brochure is planned for outreach and education and to invite different groups to participate in the restoration activities.

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NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

MS Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) Beneficial Use of Dredge Material Program

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

MDMR Coastal Preserves Program

MS Office of the Secretary of State

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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