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The grassroots-driven projects achieve one or more of five key objectives: • Restore degraded habitats • Create new habitats • Advance the science of coastal habitat restoration and marine fisheries conservation • Foster habitat stewardship • Educate coastal communities of the value of conservation  The funds are combined with local CCA chapter efforts to organize conservation projects that inspire local communities to work together for marine c o n s e r v a t i o n . The Building C o n s e r v a t i o n Trust consists of a remarkable group of conservation p r o f e s s i o n a l s , philanthropists and volunteers and this year it welcomed their new Executive Director, Sean Stone who comes to BCT following a successful career with Ducks Unlimited that spanned more than a decade. “I’m ready to focus on marine habitat creation and conservation, ensuring our marine ecosystem is able to foster and sustain abundant animal life to be enjoyed by our generation and future generations. I have been a member of CCA for a few years now and I am excited to bring my industry knowledge and expertise to raising funds to ensure the five key objectives of BCT are met in perpetuity,” says Stone. “One of the most satisfying returns from the creation of the Building Conservation Trust has been the enthusiasm generated not only in the recreational angling community but also in the general public for this type of sustained effort to improve this nation’s marine ecosystems.” Because BCT is dedicated to funding marine habitat in areas that can be accessed and enjoyed by recreational anglers, the slate of projects funded by BCT in 2014 was remarkable for outdoorsmen everywhere.  Through contributions from CCA, state agencies and corporate partners, BCT leveraged more than $1.93 million in matching funds in 2014. Since inception, BCT has funded more than 20 marine resource habitat projects. In a project of note last year, Honorary BCT Board member and country music superstar, Kenny Chesney and BCT teamed up for an “urban reef” project to place two artificial reefs in the St John’s River in downtown Jacksonville, BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 87


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