Gulf Guardian Award 2019: Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plains Training Program

Gulf Guardian Award 2019: Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plains Training Program


Habitat restoration and youth engagement. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal
Plain educates and inspires youth to prepare the next generation of environmental stewards. The program included training for underserved
youth from southern Mississippi on habitat restoration and invasive species control. It also supported students with mentorship
opportunities and environmental education. Students learned how healthy wetland ecosystems
provide important functions for the Gulf, including flood mitigation, nutrient filtering,
and healthy habitats. The Land Trust trained students to use GPS
equipment and Geographic Information Systems. Students learned to plot waypoints for tortoise
burrows, mature tree stands, and invasive species. They were presented with maps created from
the data to identify sensitive habitats that show the extent of restoration needed Students
also helped efforts to protect the Dusky Gopher Frog and Gopher Tortoise that rely on the
Land Trust’s protection. They applied newly learned skills as they
identified, marked, and removed trees for timber management, and planted longleaf pines
to re-establish tree canopies for critical habitats. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal
Plain benefits the health of the Gulf through the long-lasting impacts of environmental
education, inspiring career paths in conservation and science-related fields.

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