The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area honored five Jackson County businesses this afternoon for their knowledge and action when it comes to protecting and fostering the Gulf Coast environment.
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We'll see in a few minutes- - - - honored five jackson county - businesses this afternoon for - their knowledge and action when- it comes to protecting and- fostering the gulf coast- environment.- news 25's grace boyles takes us- to the ceremony in ocean- springs.- - honorees and guests gathered- - at the historic twelve oaks - nature preserve in ocean- springs,- home of one of the organization- that also - received the award, the friends- of arts, culture, and - education, to participate in a- ceremony put on by the gulf - coast outpost program.- the gulf coast outpost program- is aimed at those - companies whose primary busines- is dependent on the natural - environment in mississippi's si- coastal counties.
- barbara medlock, jackson county- outdoor recreation specialist:- "we're trying to up our game.- businesses that recognize the - value of history and of culture- and of taking care of our - environment, conservationism, - nature-based tourism, - - - - that's really what we're trying- to do is up our game in all - aspects of nature."
The other businesses recognized- - - - were twisted run retreat, the - walter anderson museum of art,- wild at art, and- mystic charters.- barbara medlock, jackson county- outdoor recreation specialist:- "it's not an easy program to be recognized - by.
The standards are high, but- they're attainable.
- - - - and the businesses that we- recognized, they are- environmental - champions.
They're people that- really do care about doing the- right thing as far as - nature's concerned and our- environment."
Not only do these organizations- take steps- toward preserving the local - environment,- these insitutions also promote- the appreciation of nature--- something the chair of the boar- of f.a.c.e lisa aw te mah - authement experiences when on - the twelve oaks - property.
- lisa authement, board of f.a.c.- chair: "i think the feeling i love most - right now about being on the- property is hope.
The feeling o- hope.
It's really an- empowering feeling.
I think it'- going to lead to a lot more.- it's very nostalgic here.
It- grounds you.
It brings a sense- of peace and serenity, but hope- is the most exciting- component."
- medlock evaluates and presents- jackson county- businesses to the outpost - committee on a rolling basis.