Protecting the Bay On the Ground

 

invasivesInvasive Species Control –GBF has been actively working to eradicate exotic species of vegetation such as Chinese Tallow and Brazilian Peppertree that threaten native plant and animal communities.
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livingshorelinesLiving Shorelines –“Living shorelines” are attractive shoreline management options that provide erosion control benefits while working with nature to enhance the existing natural shoreline habitat. GBF and its partners offer assistance in creating individually designed living shoreline structures for your unique situation and property, which can support aquatic habitat and protect your shoreline from erosion.
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debrisMarine Debris Removal –Marine debris, such as sunken and abandoned vessels, is a common problem in many coastal water bodies, and Galveston Bay is no exception. GBF has worked with state and local agencies to complete major debris removal projects in 2005, 2009, and 2013 and plans to continue these efforts in the future.
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MMMarsh Mania –Marsh Mania is the nationally-recognized, signature community-based wetlands restoration and education event of the Galveston Bay area. The goal of Marsh Mania is to involve local citizens in hands-on wetlands restoration activities while increasing their awareness and appreciation of wetland habitats and functions.
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landLand Conservation –Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. GBF has conserved over 3,300 acres of coastal habitat through property acquisitions and conservation easements and is working to substantially increase acreage conserved in the coming years.
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oysterrestorationOyster Reef Restoration –Oyster reefs are vital in maintaining the Galveston Bay ecosystem by providing habitat, stabilizing the bay bottom, breaking wave energy, and preventing shoreline erosion. GBF’s oyster reef restoration projects range from oyster shell recycling with local seafood restaurants to small-scale oyster gardening with waterfront communities to large-scale reef creation.
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wetlandWetlands Restoration –Wetlands are defined as transitional areas between terrestrial and aquatic systems, and they are among the most productive biological systems on the planet. The Galveston Bay system has experience a significant loss of wetlands over the last 50 years and GBF is working on a number of small scale and large scale wetland restoration projects and will continue to work to restore wetland across Galveston Bay.
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