The New Year is upon us and its time to make some New Year’s resolutions…If one of those resolutions is to help give back to your community, then CRCL has some great volunteer opportunities for you. CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program allows you to play an active role in restoring Louisiana’s disappearing coast by helping CRCL plant native marsh grasses and trees in areas where they are most needed. Read more about our upcoming volunteer opportunities below and sign up to receive more information on these and other events by clicking HERE.
Coastal Louisiana is washing away before our very eyes and it’s time for us to take urgent action. We need your help. Become a part of saving Louisiana by volunteering with CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program. OUR COAST, OUR FUTURE!
Coastal Forest Restoration in St. Bernard
CRCL is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us plant over 4,000 trees this winter and spring as part of our Coastal Forest Restoration Program. With your help, we can increase forest resiliency in an area that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Isaac in 2012 and aid its return to the beautiful forest it once was. There are several opportunities for you to volunteer with us. You can click on the dates below to learn more about each event and to register.
Additional project support provided by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the Restore the Earth Foundation and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Barataria Preserve
This January marks the 6th planting event in the Jean Lafitte NHP along the banks of Bayou Segnette with the National Park Service. We are recruiting 75 volunteers to help us prepare and plant nearly 800 trees over the three-day restoration event. This area has been overcome with the invasive Chinese Tallow tree and with your efforts we can plant native trees so Louisiana’s natural forest can return and thrive. In addition to planting trees, this project includes an educational boat tour provided by Louisiana Swamp Tour and an opportunity to see the native wildlife. Click on the links below to learn more and to register!
Additional project support provided by For the Bayou, Entergy and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
In the past 75 years, more than 2,300 square miles of coastal Louisiana have been converted to open water by natural processes and human activity. Roughly translated, this is an area of wetlands equivalent to the state of Delaware that has simply disappeared.
Human alteration of this landscape has accelerated much of Louisiana’s coastal land-loss. Levees built to facilitate and maintain navigation and flood protection along the Mississippi River have choked off the rich sediment that once built and replenished wetlands. Additionally, thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines and canals that provide essential energy to the nation slice through Louisiana’s wetlands, hastening the erosion of this sediment starved landscape.
Despite these obstacles, it is still possible to restore Louisiana’s coastal landscape to a sustainable and productive state. But we must act now. Without immediate and decisive action, Louisiana will continue to lose land at an alarming rate, potentially losing an additional 1,000 square miles of land by the year 2050.
The loss of coastal Louisiana is perhaps the largest preventable environmental crisis in America and CRCL is committed to restoring and protecting a sustainable, vibrant and productive coastal Louisiana. Click here to see more about CRCL.