With a rich and diverse history, the forests along the Gulf States host some of the highest biodiversity of terrestrial and aquatic species. Collectively, these forested landscapes provide ecosystem and climate resiliency, linking habitats to preserve species biodiversity and provide wildlife corridors. They aid in carbon sequestration, maintain natural hydrologic cycles, and improve water quality and quantity.
The Gulf Partnerships approach to conservation looks at a watershed-scale or landscape approach, focused on connecting and restoring a diversity of habitats for species and resource benefit while recognizing the economic importance and long history of silviculture across the region. Whether Tupelo swamps, coastal Mangroves, Longleaf Savannahs, or Hardwood Bottomlands, restoring ecological functioning habitats not only protects imperiled species but the communities that rely upon their health.
Unrivaled in the diversity of plants and animals, Longleaf ecosystems are home to Red-cockaded woodpecker, eastern indigo snake, and gopher tortoise, whose burrows are used as habitats for up to 300 species .
Dynamic and resilient, these habitats protect communities from coastal flooding, abate storm surges and natural disasters, improve water quality, and promote healthy oyster reefs and seagrass beds downstream.
Iconic Mangrove forests stabilize coastlines and reduce erosion from storm surges, tides, currents, and waves. These natural landscapes protect our coasts while providing nursery, foraging, and shelter habitat for a host of marine species.
Producing food, fuel, and fiber, working lands are often the epicenter of local/regional economics. When properly managed, they create corridors for wildlife, connecting fragmented habitats for increased resiliency.
The Gulf Partnership and its members assist landowners and the broader conservation community in identifying, developing, and facilitating reforestation projects. From site prep to planting to arranging volunteer planting events, we are dedicated to conserving our forested landscapes!
Over the past two years, the Arbor Day Foundation and Gulf Partnership have provided over $1,000,000 in funding to plant over 3,000,000 across the Gulf states!