Right now, the focus on the Gulf of Mexico is planted squarely in “today.” While work continues to stop the flow of oil, the response teams are mired in the basics of containment and cleanup: booms are still being set, dispersants are being spread and oiled animals are being gathered and cleaned.

But we need to start thinking about tomorrow, as well. We need to take stock of what’s left in the Gulf and how conservation and restoration projects in less-affected areas are now critically important to the future of this invaluable resource.

Read Nature Conservancy in Texas State Director Laura Huffman’s June 5 op-ed in the Houston Chronicle on how the restoration process can draw on Conservancy projects in Texas as a model. Among Huffman’s points:

  • Texas’ coastal waters “stand to become a ‘marine bank’ for the rest of the Gulf, providing for long-term, large-scale restoration of critical marine systems such as oyster reefs, wetlands and seagrass beds.”
  • Because much of the Gulf is now closed to fishing, Texas’ fisheries could “easily become exhausted.” But the balance between increasing production and maintain fisheries’ health is already underway in Texas gulf waters — with lessons learned for future Gulf restoration efforts.

(Image: Laura Huffman. Image credit: TNC.)

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Comments

  1. I am really impressed with the Nature Conservancy’s unemotional, problem solving approach to the Gulf oil spill. Texas State Director Laura Huffman’s dedication to our future environmental health is one of the reasons I will always support TNC! Anne Ashmun

  2. Thank goodness some of family lives in TX :)

  3. Again thank goodness (:

  4. I just read in the San Antonio Express News (6/12/2010) one of the best environmental explanations of what’s at stake with the BP spill and the Texas role. I agree with Anne Ashmun above and beleive “unemotional” and not just “oil stained” pelican pictures is a breath of fresh air in our response.

    I applaud Ms. Huffman for a terrific article (“Texas poised to lead Gulf Coast restoration”) that’s way over-due in my opinion. The environmental community has (forever, it seems) appealed only to those already on board and “preached to the choir” or to the smaller element of American society that feels pity for the “poor” animal segment. OUR POINT SHOULD BE THAT HUMANS (industry and/or human health) DEPEND OF THE GULF & BIO-DIVERSITY & NATURE IN GENERAL!

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