About Us

Gulf Coast Joint Venture Management Board

Click to view full size image in a new window.The GCJV is composed of a diverse array of partners from federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners involved in the conservation of bird habitat and populations along the western U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast. Partners recognize the benefits of collaboratively developing a sound biological foundation to assess the status of bird populations and their habitat needs, relating population and habitat objectives to specific geographic regions, and evaluating research needs and effects of management actions.

Partners benefit from the ability to assign limited resources to high priority actions (as defined by the partnership) and collectively leverage and attract funding for habitat and evaluation projects.

The formal representation of the GCJV partnership is the Management Board, whose entities and representatives are listed below.


Non-Governmental Organizations
American Bird Conservatory
Board Representative:
Ms. Emily Jo Williams
Vice President, Migratory Birds & Habitats
PHONE: 706-818-1799

ABC's mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Our commitment to bird conservation remains absolute, even while some other groups shift their mission to prioritize people over wildlife. We believe unequivocally that conserving birds and their habitats benefits all other species — including people.

Board Representative:
John Harriington
Director, Coastal Wetlands
Gulf Coast Business Unit
806 Bayou Black Drive
Houma, LA 70360
PHONE: 985-853-3010
FAX: 985-872-1509

The mission of the ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands is to help restore, enhance, and manage coastal habitats in Southeast Louisiana, increasing the ecological significance of the largest privately owned wetland complexes in the United States by identifying ways to make coastal restoration projects more affordable through new technology or altering current restoration methods.
Ducks Unlimited
Board Representative:
Mr. Michael Carloss
Dir Conservation Programs, SW Southern Region
125 Southpark Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
PHONE: 337-408-3288

The mission of Ducks Unlimited is to fulfill the annual life cycle needs of North American waterfowl by protecting, enhancing, restoring and managing important wetlands and associated uplands.
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Board Representative:
Mr. Martin Hagne
Executive Director
299 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
PHONE: 979-480-0999
FAX: 979-480-0999

The mission of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is the study and conservation of birds and their habitat in and around the Gulf of Mexico. Their purpose is to be a catalyst for bird conservation through individual and community partnerships and the sharing of expertise and knowledge. They value stewardship of birds and their ecosystems, partnerships with all, and sharing of expertise and knowledge.
The Nature Conservancy
Board Representative:

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Federal Agencies
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency
Board Representative:

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 2
Board Representative:
Dr. Scott Carleton
Chief, Region 2 Division of Migratory Birds
PO Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103
PHONE: 505-248-6639
FAX: 505-248-6460

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Region 4
Board Representative:
Ms. Laurel Barnhill
Migratory Bird Chief, USFWS Region 4
1875 Century Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30345
PHONE: 404-679-
FAX: 404-679-

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
United States Geological Survey
Board Representative:
Dr. Tom Doyle
Deputy Director, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
PHONE: 337-266-8501
FAX: 337-266-8610

The mission of the National Wetlands Research Center is to develop and disseminate scientific information needed for understanding the ecology and values of our nation's wetlands and for managing and restoring wetland habitats and associated plant and animal communities.
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Board Representative:
Dr. Paul Wagner
Senior Ecologist & Group Manager, Institute for Water Resources
7701 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22315
PHONE: 703-428-7071
FAX: 703-428-8435

The mission of the United States Army Corps of Engineers is to deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.
State Agencies
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Board Representative:
Roger Clay
Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries
30571 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
PHONE: 251-626-5474
FAX: 251-621-1489

The Department's major goal is to promote the statewide stewardship and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources, and to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these resources.
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
Board Representative:
John Troutman
Regional Operations Manager
New Orleans Regional Office
CERM, Suite 309
2045 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122
PHONE: 504-280-4068
FAX: 504-280-4066

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana is responsible for integrating hurricane protection, storm damage reduction, flood control, coastal protection & restoration efforts, and associated infrastructure construction & maintenance in the State of Louisiana.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Board Representative:
Osborne E. "Buddy" Baker III
Assistant Chief, Coastal & Nongame Resources Division
2000 Quail Drive, Room 420
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000
PHONE: 225-765-2812
FAX: 225-765-2818

To manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks
Board Representative:
Houston Havens (Interim)
Waterfowl Program Coordinator
PHONE: 601-432-2195

It is the mission of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to conserve and enhance Mississippi's natural resources, to provide continuing outdoor recreational opportunities, to maintain the ecological integrity and aesthetic quality of the resources and to ensure socioeconomic and educational opportunities for present and future generations.

GCJV Management Board Chairman
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Board Representative:
Jeff Raasch,
Statewide Wetland Habitat Program Leader
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
PHONE: 512-389-4328
FAX: 512-389-4550

The mission of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Agency Liaisons
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Agency Liaison:
John Pitre
State Wildlife Biologist
3737 Government St.
Alexandria, LA 71302
PHONE: 318-473-7809
FAX: 318-473-7616

With the mission of "Helping People Help the Land", the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the Nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands.