Marsh Mania

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Celebrating 20 years of community-based marsh restoration!

     
Thank you to all of the “marsh maniacs” who have gotten wet and muddy with us since 1999 to restore marshes in Galveston Bay. With your help these past 20 years, over 211 acres of smooth cord grass has been planted in the Bay. That’s nearly 160 NFL football fields-worth of marsh! We still have a lot of work to do to bring back the marsh that once existed throughout Galveston Bay, so stay tuned for future Marsh Mania date announcements!

We anticipate hosting another Marsh Mania event in the Fall of 2018, so check back for updates or subscribe to receive volunteer emails.

Thank you to our 2018 Marsh Mania Sponsors:

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The History of Marsh Mania:
The “Mania” began in 1999, when GBF hosted the first ever “Marsh Bash” for Galveston Bay. This one-day event set a national record when 1,500 volunteers planted nearly 70,000 stems of smooth cordgrass

marsh-mania-logolockup-pantoneto create 14.5 acres of new habitat at eight sites around the Bay. Marsh Bash 1999 was a huge success and earned GBF two awards: the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the civic/nonprofit category and the First Place Gulf Guardian Award in the civic/nonprofit category from the Gulf of Mexico Program. Also, for breaking the record for the largest volunteer-based restoration event, GBF received a case of Florida oranges from Tampa BayWatch, our sister organization in Florida and the previous record holder!

Today, 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. In its 20 years, Marsh Mania has involved more than 8,000 community volunteers in the restoration of over 211 acres of vital salt marsh habitat at 95 sites around Galveston Bay.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Marsh Mania. Volunteers proudly identify themselves as “Marsh Maniacs” when they return each spring to participate in this annual event.

2017 Sponsors:
John P. McGovern Foundation
ExxonMobil
Gulf Coast Limestone
Apache Ecological Service, Inc.
Odfjell
Port Houston
Targa Resources
Gulf Coast Water Authority
Gulf Coast Authority
Afton Chemical
Houston Pilots
TPC Group
Keep Dickinson Beautiful