How often have you spent time in the wilderness, whether it’s on a walk or spotting an animal in its natural habitat, and felt rejuvenated? Native South Alabamian and Harvard conservationist E.O. Wilson’s work, recently covered in the Washington Post, highlights the benefits of preserving wildlife’s natural habitat – which is our goal in the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project.

As we aim to serve as a model of resilient, environmentally friendly coastal development that encourages visitors to enjoy nature while also preserving the park’s wildlife, we draw from his research that shows how conservation land provides psychological and health benefits for h