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Northern Gulf Coastal Program

The goals of the Northern Gulf Coastal Program (NGCP)

  • To effecvely restore or enhance degraded coastal wetlands and uplands, estuaries, and riparian corridors along the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and within the context of climate change and sea level rise;
  • To establish living shorelines as the primary means for protecting eroding shorelines in these coastal areas where appropriate, thereby steering coastal protection efforts away from hardening;
  • To form partnerships with private groups and government agencies to strategically restore, enhance, conserve, and protect coastal habitat and resources;
  • To implement the Strategic Habitat Conservation framework to put the right conservation in the right places across the coastal landscape for the benefit of fish and wildlife.

Focus area for financial assistance for the Northern Gulf Coastal Program

Click on a wateshed to access whatershed information and projects within that watershed

Perdido Basin Mobile River Basin Pascagoula Basin Mississippi Coastal Pearl-Bogue Chitto North Lake Pontchartrain

The majority of available funds will support projects that occur in the following six watersheds:

  • Perdido River
  • Mobile River
  • Pascagoula Basin
  • Mississippi Coastal
  • Pearl-Bogue Chitto
  • North Lake Pontchartrain

Relevant projects located in adjacent watersheds may also be considered, including the entire Louisiana coast. The project area covers an area of almost 10 million acres, including 21 counties or parishes.





Additional Links

Coastal Strategic Habitat Units Factsheet

Habitat Stewards of Coastal Mississippi -


To efficiently achieve voluntary habitat conservation through financial and technical assistance for the benefit of Federal Trust Species.

What We do
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service(Service) helps protect healthy ecosystems for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Federal Trust Species include migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, fish, and other aquatic species.
  • Our trust habitats include wetlands, marshes, sea grasses, longleaf pine, uplands, prairies, aquatic vegetation, and oyster beds.
  • The Coastal Program assists communities in conserving coastal resources through fish and wildlife habitat assessment, ecological restoration, and technical assistance related to public and private lands.
  • We also assist with Geographic Information Systems Mapping, stream restoration, water quality work, educational centers, outdoor classrooms, debris removal, and barrier island restoration.
Program Links

Farm Bill

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grants


Coastal Strategic Plan

Estuary Restoration Act


Resource Benefits

Regional and State Contact Information



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Last updated: May 5, 2021