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Our Shared History

Founded in 1993, the Alabama Coastal Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit, membership-based organization.​

Our mission  is to improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education and participation. We accomplish this mission by providing reliable, well-researched data, promoting public dialogue, and advocating community action.

The ACF is different from other environmental protection organizations since we seek to establish common ground amongst government sectors, local business, major industry, grassroots groups and individual citizens.  This enables us to work together in addressing coastal conservation issues. We are committed to addressing priority environmental issues throughout the region to preserve and protect our coastal way of life.​

Milestones in ACF and Conservation History

  • 11/2013 - Dr. E.O. Wilson is awared the ACF Lifetime of Conservation Achievement Award.

  • 05/2013 - ACF Estuary Corps Program has first graduation ceremony at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

  • 05/2013 - ACF, The Nature Conservancy, and The City of Orange Beach launch the Osprey Cam.

  • 04/2013 - ACF provides first Baldwin County Water Festival in two years.

  • 02/2013 - ACF works with LoDa EcoTeam offering first organized recycling effort at Mardi Gras.

  • 12/2012 - Launch of the ACF Coastal Alabama Service Learning (CASL) program.​

  • 08/2012 - Launch of the ACF Estuary Corps program.​

  • 07/2012 - The RESTORE Act is signed into law as a response to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.​

  • 05/2012 - ACF Americorps VISTA Kandice O'Grady creates the research intensive Citizen's Guide to the Oil Spill booklet and conducts workshops to present the findings along the Gulf Coast.​

  • 04/2012 - First annual Coastal Seafood Craze in Bienville Square, Downtown Mobile.​

  • 01/2012 - 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA), revised in 1972.

  • 06/2010 -  First training of the Volunteer Field Observer (VFOB) programs to monitor damage caused in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.​

  • 04/2010 - BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill off the Gulf Coast of Mexico.​

  • ​01/2008 - Milestone Award Mobile, AL Awarded contract to Administer CIAP program​

  • 01/2007 - Recognized in the Mobile Press-Register after building first Osprey platforms in six locations.​

  • 01/2006 - Awarded Gulf Guardian Award (third place) by the Gulf of Mexico Program for restoration work on Mon Luis Island.​

  • 01/2005 - ACF hosts first Wetlands Compliance Workshop​

  • 01/2003 - Recognized through Coastal America Spirit Award for Cypress Tree Planting restoration program.​

  • 01/2003 - Awarded Gulf Guardian Award (first place) by Gulf of Mexico Program for Coastal Kids Quiz.​

  • 01/2003 - Initiated first year of the Gulf Coast Bay Buddy Program.​

  • 01/2002 - Hosted first Coastal Kids Quiz.​

  • 01/2002 - Established first volunteer enterococcus monitoring program in the state.​

  • 01/2001 - Developed first annual Cypress Tree Planting Program for habitat restoration.​

  • 01/2001 - Recognized through Wolf Bay Watershed Project Award.

  • 01/2000 - Awarded the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Stewardship Award for Citizen’s Organization.

  • 01/2000 - Awarded the Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Award for Water Conservationist.

  • 01/1993 - ACF is founded in Fairhope, AL.

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