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It’s hard to express how much all the phone calls and e-mails in the wake of the Gulf oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico mean to me and to all the Conservancy’s staff — especially those working long hours in the Gulf states.

Many of you contacted us again after reading our Alabama director of conservation’s latest blog posts about our efforts there, asking what you can do to help Bill and his team respond to the spill.

Here are three things you can do today to help the Gulf Coast, its wildlife and the people who depend on it:

Already, we’ve put to work The Nature Conservancy’s best knowledge and expertise in the Gulf region.

Our Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration will help us do even more and will be put to use by the Conservancy and its marine scientists and staff knowledgeable about the Gulf and about oil spill impacts to help the long-term restoration of this critical ecosystem.

Currently, our Louisiana staff is conducting flights over the coast with federal, state and some of our non-governmental partners to help determine the extent of the spill and are working to protect critical oyster reefs in the Grand Isle, Biloxi Marsh and Vermilion Bay areas.

I am in the Gulf region today to assess what more the Conservancy can do to respond and support our staff members who live along the Gulf and work every day on conservation here.

As you know, this is not just about the shrimp, the oysters, and the crabs. It is about both the Gulf’s marine ecosystem, as well the local economy and the people who depend on it.

I hope you will continue to follow Bill’s work and our progress on our blog, Cool Green Science.

Thank you for your offer to help and your critical support.

Text by Mark TercekCool Green Science Blog

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