Audubon Louisiana

Climate Change Challenge: Rising Seas

grant award: $225,649; year awarded: 2017

Coastal habitat along the Gulf Coast that is critical for key wildlife is disappearing at a rate that is forecasted to accelerate with the expected climate changes in the region. To provide refuge for wildlife as habitat becomes unavailable and to increase the resilience of marsh habitat, Audubon will build earthen terraces in a strategic wetland management area. The design of the terraces will be modified to protect against sea level rise and increased storm surges as well as to optimize wildlife needs. These actions in a coastal marsh landscape threatened by sea level rise and increased storm surges will improve the functionality and resiliency of 3,966 wetland acres in Louisiana, providing diversified habitat for fish and wildlife.