Galveston Bay Foundation
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17330 Highway 3 Webster TX 77598 USA
Galveston Bay Foundation preserves, protects, and enhances the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system for present users and posterity through education, conservation, research and advocacy.
GBF brings diverse stakeholders from around the Galveston Bay system together to seek solutions and build concensus regarding critical bay issues including: habitat loss; water quality; and USACE permits. GBF programs, initiatives, and activities include publications, public presentations, Marsh Mania (an event to engage local communities in restoring valuable bay habitat), Bay Day (a festival celebrating the resources and uses of Galveston Bay), a marine debris removal project concentrating efforts in and around Dickinson Bay, and most recently the publication of the Drive & Discover Galveston Bay Guide (an index of more than 70 sites of ecological, historical, or cultural significance located in the Galveston Bay estuary).
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Galveston Bay Foundation is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Galveston Bay Foundation meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Galveston Bay Foundation has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.
The Galveston Bay Foundation has been very effective over the years in bringing various user groups together to work for the benefit of the bay. That is not always easy, but it has resulted in success in opposing permits that would adversely affect the bay, restoring marshes, trying to ensure that there is adequate freshwater into the estuary and educating the public about the science and importance of the resource.
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I have worked on the board with environmental group representatives, industrial concerns, shippers, recreation boaters and fisherman, commercial fisherman, municipal interests and more for the good of our bay.
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Try to increase membership. All of the millions of residents in the Houston Galveston area are affected by the health of the bay and many of those should belong to GBF to help make that happen.