Common Ground Relief's mission is to create resilient Gulf Coast Communities that are environmentally sustainable, financially viable and personally cohesive. We fulfill this mission by helping residents build assets that support community transformation and renewal.



In partnership with the Restore the Earth Foundation and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, our Wetlands Restoration and Meg Perry Healthy Soil Projects are working on replanting the Gulf Coast with Gulf Saver Bags.

Restore the Earth describes: "Gulf Saver Solutions initiative began in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gulf Saver bags were designed to begin remediation and restoration of ecosystems already damaged or destroyed from oil contamination. Gulf Saver Bags provide an innovation new solution for greater success in wetland and wildlife habitat restoration."

These biodegradable bags, with a soil mixture containing oil eating microbes, are studded with Spartina marsh grasses and Black Mangrove. The marsh grass stabilizes the surrounding soil as it grows, while the mangrove provides a valuable habitat for migrating birds.

We are responsible for the recruitment of volunteers to assist in the construction and deployment of these Gulf Save Bags to the wetlands of Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico.

The expansion of our community nursery allows us to grow plant material for these deployments along with native trees for planting throughout the region. Common Ground Relief has taken a leadership role in stewarding restoration efforts and creating programs aimed at a lifetime of environmentally focused and sustainable development.

Image courtesy Restore the Earth Foundation