Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative

The Corps Network stands ready and willing to assist the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council with the ecosystem and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Download our Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative White Paper

The Initiative:
Corps have a long history of responding to disasters and meeting critical needs in a cost effective manner while employing, training and providing service opportunities for local young people and veterans.

We aim to build Conservation Corps capacity in the Gulf Coast through a five-year project designed to provide ecosystem restoration and build the infrastructure necessary to sustain existing and establish new Conservation Corps programs in underserved areas across the gulf coast. 

The Need:
Over the last decade, the Gulf Coast has been battered by natural and man-made disasters, one of the most notable being the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which released 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf.

Although we have yet to see the long-term environmental and economic impact of recent disasters (ranging from the oil spill to hurricanes and flooding), mobilizing a trained workforce to effectively carry out restoration programs is the best way we can diminish any further ecological degradation.

The Solution:
Through the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative, The Corps Network can begin to repair and revitalize the Gulf’s ecosystem while providing training to local youth, creating jobs, and stimulating economic development.

Our goal: employ local youth and veterans on restoration projects across the Gulf Coast and to establish local Conservation Corps which will continue the legacy of inspiring young people to serve their communities and embark on pathways to promising careers.

Corps-building on the Gulf Coast:
Having provided critical leadership to the Corps movement for almost 30 years, The Corps Network will assist in establishing a Conservation Corps legacy throughout the Gulf Coast. TCN’s success in establishing and developing partnerships, providing technical assistance and training, disseminating Corps’ best practices, and administering pilot and national programs (including an Educational Award Program) will be essential to creating quality and sustainable Restoration Corps. By calling on the collective knowledge of our member organizations, TCN hopes to use the Corps model to empower youth and engage local communities in restoration of the Gulf. 

As of August 2017, The Corps Network is working with The Nature Conservancy and The Student Conservation Association (SCA) on GulfCorps: a program, made possible by a RESTORE Act grant administered by NOAA, that will help existing Corps in the Gulf engage 300 local young adults in conservation service and workforce development over the course of three years. 



Project Examples

Coastal Restoration Maintenance & Monitoring

Bank stablization

Marsh creation

Barrier island restoration

Riparian habitat restoration

Construction of shelters, kiosks, cabins

Construction of nesting boxes, fishing piers

Erosion control

Irrigation system construction

Emergency Response Assessments, Studies

Debris removal

Hazardous material clean up

Levee protection

Tree removal

Environmental sampling

Population studies

Species monitoring

Boundary surveys

Download Fact Sheet on the Gulf Corps Alliance
(September 2016)


Download The Corps Network Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative white paper - SECOND EDITION
(January 2016)


Download The Corps Network Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative Pilot Project - Final Report: Phase I & II Pilot Projects 
(September 2015)


Gulf Coast Restoration Corps white paper - FIRST EDITION


News and Updates from the Gulf Coast: 

PRESS RELEASE: 300 Environmental Restoration Jobs Coming to Gulf of Mexico
The Corps Network, The Nature Conservancy & The Student Conservation Association
August 9, 2017

PUBLICATION: Coastal Streams and Habitat Initiative: A Conservation Plan for Nine Mississippi Coastal Streams
The Nature Conservancy
September 1, 2016

VIDEO: Essentials of Coastal Habitat Restoration 2015
Gulf of Mexico Foundation
February 11, 2016

VIDEO: A Local Restoration Economy Via Conservation Corps
The Corps Network
February 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: $500,000 Awarded to Establish Gulf Restoration Conservation Corps 
The Nature Conservancy

August 27, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Mississippi Reaches Landmark Agreement in BP Oil Spill Disaster Case 
Govonor Phil Bryant
July 2, 2015 

VIDEO: Happy World Oceans Day from all of us on the Gulf! 
The Nature Conservancy
June 8, 2015

ARTICLE: Young adults learn career options while helping the environment at Gulfport's CLIMB CDC  
The Sun Herald
May 22, 2015

ARTICLE: Climb CDC Offers a New Program
Fox News 25
May 22, 2015

ARTICLE: Climb CDC Students get Conservation Training
WLOX News - Mississippi
May 22,2015

WHITE PAPER: Building the Gulf - Recommendations for Ensuring Restoration Benefits for Communities and the Environment
The Nature Conservancy / Oxfam / The Corps Network / BFA Environmental Consultants
Spring 2015

ARTICLE: Voices from the Gulf of Mexico - Restoration is Good Business, interview with John Hosey
The Nature Conservancy
January 2015

VIDEO: Mississippi Awarded $28 million for Gulf Restoration Projects
Fox News 25
November 18, 2014

VIDEO: Group Studies Water Quality in Brickyard Bayou
October 28, 2014

ARTICLE: Coast Youth Learn Job Skills Testing Water Quality
October 28, 2014

ARTICLE: Non-profit Groups Work to Restore Coast After BP Spill 
Fox News 25 
October 24, 2014

RADIO: Coast Gears Up for Restoration Jobs
MPB - Mississippi Public Broadcasting
October 24, 2014

ARTICLE: Jobs for South Mississippians is Groups' Focus in Spill-Restoration Projects
Sun Herald
October 23, 2014

ARTICLE: Gulf Restoration Projects Begin on the Coast After BP spill
Fox News 25
October 23, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Initiative Trains Local Youth in Coastal Restoration to Assist in Gulf Oil Spill Recovery
The Corps Network
October 22, 2014