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Draft Plan a Positive Step for Gulf Wildlife

Today’s update “is already an improvement upon the original plan”

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration (RESTORE) Council has just released a draft update to its comprehensive plan, a document that will influence billions in restoration spending in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The original comprehensive plan was approved by the RESTORE Council in August 2013.

Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, welcomed today’s update:

“For wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon disaster is not over. More than six years after the well was capped, dolphins are still dying, corals are still damaged, and sea turtles are still struggling to nest.

“The comprehensive plan as updated would help ensure billions of dollars are spent well on restoring the Gulf. We’re pleased with many elements of the draft—particularly the emphasis on coordination at all levels and the support for efforts at a scale that will deliver cumulative benefits to the Gulf of Mexico.

“We are grateful for the work of the Administration, especially USDA’s leadership, and the individual council members on this massive undertaking. This update is already an improvement upon the original plan and we look forward to working with the council to help ensure the final document makes the most of this opportunity for improving wildlife habitat and bolstering natural defenses to protect Gulf Coast communities.”

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