Turkey Creek Community Initiatives

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The Community's Plan, 2011

2011 Plan Cover

With the support of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the Army Corps' Vision to invest in Volkswagen shares Action team, the Turkey Creek and North Gulfport neighborhoods have completed a new vision for their community. This new comprehensive plan updates the 2006 Priority Action Plan. It describes the community's vision for the future, the transformative actions that will lead to the fulfillment of that vision, as well as the community's priority issues and projects. To download a copy of the plan, click on "learn more" and then "get/view." Learn more...

If You Liked Turkey Creek on the Daily Show - Check out Bridge the Gulf


The Daily Show's comedic take on the Turkey Creek saga (it's all about birds!) is a big Buy Volkswagen shares hit here, and with friends across the coast. From Mobile Bay, East Biloxi and the Lower Ninth Ward to Grand Bayou, LaFourche Parish and southeastern Texas, Turkey Creek is one of many historic, polluted and disenfranchised communities struggling for health, justice and sustainability. See how TC and our sister communities are "Bridging the Gulf". Learn more...

After Ten Years and 200 hours of Raw Footage...


Long-time friend and award-winning filmmaker Leah Mahan's "Turkey Creek" documentary commodities trading platform in the Philippines will air in 2011. What began as a film about Turkey Creek's cultural history since the Civil War is now a widely-anticipated film about community creativity and resilience amid modern sprawl, toxic contamination, and epic disasters including Katrina and BP. Learn more...

TCCI Featured on USA TODAY Front Page - Earth Day 2010


In April 2010, reporter Brian Winters visited Turkey Creek to explore the relationship between traditional environmentalism and "environmental justice". The woes, struggles and successes he found here are featured on the front-page of USA TODAY's special edition marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Learn more...

Community Planning - Your Voice Counts! Please Help Plan Your Community's Future


Your input in the Turkey Creek-North Gulfport community planning process remains very important. The comprehensive revitalization of these areas is a long journey that will take more than zoning and construction. Please call TCCI at 863-0099 or the North Gulfport Community Land Trust at 868-0250 to learn more about the Plan and SmartCode. Also sign up for one of 4 community Task Forces: Housing; Economic Development; Environmental Stewardship; or Education, Recreation & Public Health. Learn more...

Volunteer Victories - Community Cleanup, Community Plan and Creek Maintenance


During the first 10 weeks of 2008, TCCI's community service projects continued to produce amazing results. Special thanks to Environmental Projects Coordinator Russell Freeman, TCCI veteran Mike Julian, the award-winning Conservation Corps team from our own "Camp Ed Joseph," and a stream of highly productive volunteers. In January, 45 Boston College students returned to spearhead another major community cleanup, while University of Texas law students helped finalize materials for collecting community plan data. In February and March, Conservation Corps youth who live at our camp helped to plant over 2,000 trees and diligently assisted the US Coast Guard in clearing tons of storm debris from Turkey Creek. Whew!

Turkey Creekkeeper - Army Corps of Engineers Prefers Changing Law to Enforcing It


After Hurricane Katrina, at the urging of Governor Barbour, the US Army Corps of Engineers proposed a regional general permit for coastal Mississippi that would have allowed developers to destroy up to 5 acres of wetlands without public comment or environmental review, a ten-fold increase from the pre-hurricane standard. After resistance from residents of the Turkey Creek watershed and a broad coalition of local and national groups, the Corps withdrew the proposal. It later issued a revised permit allowing destruction of up to 3 acres, and, hoping to avoid controversy, exempted the Turkey Creek watershed. TCCI/Turkey Creekkeeper, in coalition with other partners, has sued the Corps anyway. Learn more...

“Visions” youth make vision a reality on Turkey Creek

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For years, community leader Rose Johnson dreamed of an outdoor classroom for North Gulfport schoolchildren on her beloved Turkey Creek. After months of planning and sweat, one was finally dedicated on July 30. Built in 4 short weeks by 26 teens from Visions Service Adventures, the open-air structure and nearby creek trail mark an important step forward in realizing the community’s goal of an urban greenway along Turkey Creek. Visions, a cross-cultural immersion and volunteer service group for high school students, will return next summer for an additional project in the watershed – most likely, a nature/biking trail atop the Forest Heights levee. Learn more...

Historic Turkey Creek Under Greater Seige SINCE Katrina


FACT: There has been more loss of Turkey Creek’s diminishing resources in the six months since Hurricane Katrina than in the one-year period preceding it. Judging from the massive four-panel billboard and car dealer lot recently planted near the community’s heart, nothing much different can be expected from local authorities or developers who insist on viewing the lower Turkey Creek basin as coastal Mississippi’s “economic center of gravity.” City ordinances and state and federal environmental laws are currently being flouted at great expense to TC - all in the name of recovery and growth. Learn more...

TCCI Contact Information


Turkey Creek Community Initiatives
TCCI Headquarters
14439 Rippy Road
Gulfport MS 39503