Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management Project

Project Summary

In 2018, the Grand Bay NERR began working with partners from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS Dept of Environmental Quality, and the MS Trustee Implementation Group on the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) – funded Grand Bay Land Acquisition and Habitat Management Project. The objectives of this project include habitat management to restore the structure and function of target habitats within the project boundary. MDMR is providing land management services as well as monitoring and adaptive management services. Land management activities include using several restoration treatments including mechanical clearing to reduce woody vegetation, chemical treatments to reduce invasive species, and prescribed fire to top kill woody vegetation and support pyrogenic vegetation. All monitoring is being designed and implemented in accordance with the “Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Project: Grand Bay Acquisition and Management” and monitoring data will be used by MDEQ for annual Trustee reporting. Further, monitoring and management staff will work closely throughout the project to understand treatment effects on vegetation structure and composition, distribution of invasive vegetation, and abundance and distribution of selected avian species and adaptively manage project lands.