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Natural Partnership Continues to Grow Exciting Effort in New York Harbor
HOUSTON, Texas – (Thursday, March 2, 2017) Building Conservation Trust (BCT), the national habitat program of Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), partnered with Billion Oyster Project (BOP) in New York last month for an exciting night of fundraising for marine habitat.
“The evening brought a unique group of people together who are passionate about coastal marine habitat,” said Henry Hager, member of the BCT board of directors. “The partnership between BCT and BOP is a great example of how two dedicated organizations can come together to support and enhance an important cause.”
Attendees invested an estimated total to date of $27,000 towards the project. BCT pledged to match every dollar spent, and as a result, $54,000 was successfully raised towards the efforts of Billion Oyster Project in New York Harbor.
BOP is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring a sustainable oyster population to New York Harbor and reconnecting New Yorkers to their Harbor by engaging them directly in the work of restoration. The hands-on science of reef construction and monitoring is executed through in-school, restoration based education, citizen science, restaurant shell collection and volunteer programs.
“The New York Harbor Foundation and Billion Oyster Project are honored to be partnering with the Building Conservation Trust to restore marine habitat here in New York City,” said Murray Fisher, New York Harbor Foundation executive director. “Thanks to BCT’s generosity in February, we doubled our fundraising from one event: meaning twice as many oysters planted; twice as many kids engaged; and ultimately twice the beneficial impact on New York Harbor.”
Together and with the help of many partners, these students have restored more than 20 million oysters. Sixty‐four public schools have partnered with the project to provide authentic, place‐based science and math lessons through the lens of oyster restoration. Each year, thousands of students participate in these learning opportunities.
“Building Conservation Trust is a national habitat program that is covering projects from coast to coast,” said Will Ohmstede, chairman of the BCT board of directors. “We are proud to have a natural partnership with BOP and honored to be a part of the great marine habitat work they do.”
The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) was founded in 2013 as the national marine habitat program of Coastal Conservation Association. BCT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to providing funding for local, state and national fisheries, habitat conservation and restoration projects. BCT has created a model for the successful collaboration of business, non-profit organizations and government agencies to revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.
The mission of the New York Harbor Foundation is to create and support a diverse network of environmentally literate schools, students and communities working together to restore New York Harbor. It carries out this mission by supporting the Billion Oyster Project and its flagship school, the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School− a public school located on Governors Island dedicated to providing a college‐preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water.