The CREST program was established as a cooperative program through a Memorandum of Understanding between 11 educational institutions in Louisiana and Mississippi, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The goal of the program is to improve our ability to restore critically important coastal habitat through research and the dissemination and use of the most effective technologies. CREST will work with the network of restoration professionals around the northern Gulf of Mexico, identify key issues of coastal restoration, facilitate the continued advancement of restoration science, and export this new knowledge both to other parts of the United States and further afield. The approach will be to combine field and laboratory work with state-of-the-art modeling studies, as listed in the Technical Framework, and to develop education, outreach and training opportunities to ensure that such advances can be used to benefit coastal habitats and communities.
The institutions incorporated within CREST are: Louisiana State University, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University at New Orleans, Tulane University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of New Orleans, and University of Southern Mississippi. The CREST Office is situated on the campus of Louisiana State University.