Grand Bay Expansion Proposal
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What Our Partners Are Saying


Daniel R. Brown, Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore (letter in PDF)

Dear Mr. Hunt:

Thank you for the opportunity to express Gulf Islands National Seashore’s support to expand the acquisition boundary at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama. The park understands the importance of preserving valuable habitat for endangered and threatened species, migratory birds, and other inter-jurisdictional trust species.

The National Park Service is a key player in a nationwide system of parks, historic places and open space initiatives. Here at Gulf Islands, we have been given the honor of protecting and conserving some of the Gulf coast’s most pristine habitat on our barrier islands and intertidal marsh lands. We are confident this expansion of the refuge boundary will not only benefit the public’s multi-use opportunities, but also protect critical habitats for fish and wildlife.

We value your partnership and look forward to working with you to conserve and protect our natural and cultural resources along the Gulf Coast through land protection and stewardship programs.


Daniel R. Brown


Steve Northcutt, Director of Protection at The Nature Conservancy Alabama Field Office

The Nature Conservancy is proud to support expansion efforts at Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This unique landscape of natural communities within and around Grand Bay is concentrated in the botanically rich, wet pine savanna habitats, woodlands, scrublands and estuarine communities. The Nature Conservancy has recognized Grand Bay as a special place since the early 1990's, designating it as a "Last Great Place”. Grand Bay Savanna was selected as an East Gulf Coastal Plain priority site within the Conservancy's ecoregional planning initiative. The expansion boundaries selected are critical habitats that deserve protection and give people an opportunity to visit an area that harbor longleaf pine, pitcher plant bogs, swamps and marsh. This area provides multiple natural habitats for migratory birds species as well.


Judy Steckler, Executive Director of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (letter in PDF)

Dear Maury,

It was a pleasure to speak with you about the plans to expand the Sandhill Crane Refuge boundaries. As a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, promotion and protection of green places of ecological, cultural, or scenic significance in the counties of the Mississippi Coastal Plain we are pleased to support the refuge and our plans to expand.

As a partner in conservation the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (LTMCP) is willing to provide a link from our website @ to the refuge website. Please let me know how LTMCP may further support the refuge.


Judy Steckler
Executive Director



Scenic photo of Grand Bay wetlands

Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: hyperion327.

Top-view of a gulf sturgeon in water

The endangered gulf sturgeon may be found in the lower Escatawpa River, in acquisition Area C. Photo: USFWS.

Last updated: June 29, 2011