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people and community wetland restoration helps wildlife thrive in south louisiana

1 min read | august 15, 2022

Chevron recently participated in a tour of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast to highlight some of the efforts underway to preserve and restore the region. Photo courtesy of Zack Luther.

Chevron is helping our feathery friends and community thrive along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast through a series of partnerships and programs to enhance and protect the region.

Our years-long efforts were recently recognized by industry leaders, parish officials and conservationists during a tour of wetland restoration projects led by environmental nonprofit, Ducks Unlimited.

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Our commitment to the places we live and work can be highlighted through our projects including:

  • Chevron has contributed $2.5 million to Ducks Unlimited to help fund coastal restoration projects across south Louisiana that benefit more than 40,000 acres.
  • Since 2014, we have worked with the Coastal Conservation Association to install nine artificial reefs that reestablish coastal ecosystems. The reefs prevent vital fish habitats from being lost when oil and gas platforms are removed from the water.
  • Chevron has partnered with The Nature Conservancy’s oyster reef coastal initiative since 2014. We helped establish nearly seven miles of oyster reefs to protect marsh, support fish and wildlife diversity and slow shoreline retreat.
  • Chevron’s financial support, along with efforts from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and Audubon Nature Institute, helped return the whooping crane to Louisiana. In 2016, the work paid off when the first whooping crane hatchling was born in the state since the Second World War.
  • In 2017, Port Fourchon and energy industry partners including Chevron joined with The Water Institute to form the Partnership for Our Working Coast (POWC). The goal is to bring together a public/private partnership to develop a science-based approach to using dredged material to protect critical infrastructure, provide ecosystem services, improve resilience of the area, and to better quantify the carbon-capture benefits of the restoration approach.

why it matters

“Along the Gulf Coast and around the world, we recognize the importance of biodiversity—the rich variety of wildlife on Earth, its ecosystems and the ecological processes that support them,” said Leah Brown, public affairs manager for Chevron's Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “Chevron is proud to continue to sponsor these important programs and partners as they rebuild habitats, restore the coastline, and repopulate endangered species. We thank each organization for their collaboration and daily commitment to the community.”

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