NOAA - Annual number of coastal, marine, and Great Lakes habitat acres acquired or designated for long-term protectionperformance.commerce.gov | Last Updated 9 Dec 2019
Discontinued after FY 2018. NOAA protects and restores key habitats that provide critical ecosystem functions. These habitats support the health of endangered or threatened species and essential fish habitat, reduce coastal pollution, buffer the impacts of coastal storms and flooding, and provide the public with recreational access to the coast among other societal or economic benefits. NOAA maintains the health of coastal, marine and Great Lakes habitats by designating and managing important areas for long-term conservation and by providing support to state and local governments to purchase and protect additional key habitats. This long-term protection measure tracks the number of acres acquired with NOAA funds by state or local government agencies from willing sellers, particularly through the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) and Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP). The number of acres designated for long-term protection by NOAA or by state partners is tracked through the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Program (ONMS) and National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).