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July 20 - Tanner A. Johnson - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Monday, July 17, 2017

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tanner A. Johnson has worked for more than a decade on coastal conservation and restoration policy at the federal, state and local levels. After earning his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, Tanner developed a focus on Louisiana’s imperiled coast in public service as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu and aide to Governor Kathleen Blanco. His work in these positions contributed to the development and unanimous adoption of Louisiana’s 2007 coastal master plan, entitled Integrated Ecosystem Restoration and Hurricane Protection: Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Tanner helped author and lead the Congressional staff level negotiation of The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act, the RESTORE Act, which dedicates 80 percent of civil and administrative Clean Water Act penalties paid by those responsible for the 2010 gulf oil disaster to Gulf Coast restoration.

In 2013, Tanner became Director of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The GEBF was established by NFWF as a result of a U.S. District Court approved two plea agreements resolving certain criminal cases against BP and Transocean which arose from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to fund projects benefiting the natural resources of the Gulf Coast that were impacted by the spill. Since its creation by Congress in 1984, NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. NFWF works with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

Tanner was also appointed by Governors Bobby Jindal and John Bel Edwards and currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation. Tanner is a graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and Catholic High School of Baton Rouge.

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