To date, we have already rebuilt 110 acres. This project will also establish a blueprint to expand large scale oyster restoration efforts to other tributaries in the Bay. Only healthy estuarine habitats will support the rich variety and abundance of life once found in the Bay, as well as provide benefits to people economically, socially and culturally.
ORP is seeking to raise $1,000,000 toward oyster restoration in Harris Creek and other locations. All donations will be matched with $3 for every $1 we raise through a public-private partnership with the State of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy. For every $5,000 raised, ORP can recycle 100 bushels of shells and plant 500,000 oysters. Funding is our only holdback as ORP and our partners have the capacity to produce 2 billion oysters and plant 500 acres per year.
We hope that you will support this vital environmental program and help us return the Bay to population levels last seen decades ago.