CRCL’s Habitat Restoration program has had a very busy year and we are looking forward to 2017.
In February, we restored the cypress forests of Jean Lafitte National Park by planting over 600 cypress saplings along the Bayou Segnette Waterway.
In April, we completed our two-year long 10,000 trees initiative in the Caernarvon outfall. With the help of nearly 750 volunteers, we planted over 50 acres of native trees to help restore the coastal forests around Big Mar. We have been closely monitoring these trees, with the help of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and we are very pleased to report that we have an 80% survival rate. This an almost unheard of survival rate, which proves that planting native trees in our once thriving coastal forests can make a real difference. We have already begun planting our next 10,000 trees. We need to you to continue restoring our coastal forests. To volunteer to be a part of this vital project click here.
In May, our dedicated volunteers took full advantage of the lovely spring weather and paid a visit to the Southwest to restore the degraded marshes of Freshwater Bayou. The 10 acres of marsh grasses we planted will help the area recover from past storm damage and create habitat for crabs, ducks and more!
We returned to Bayou Sauvage, in June, to plant 23,000 plugs of marsh grass, and since it’s not summertime in Louisiana without a crawfish boil, we rewarded our 60 incredible volunteers with an after-party courtesy of Abita Brewing Company.
For our last event before the heat set in, we headed to the southwestern corner of the state to plant dune grass along the beach in Cameron Parish. With the help of folks from across the state, we planted 1.5 miles of Rutherford beach with native dune grass, which will help to reduce subsidence and encourage healthy dune growth to protect our vulnerable coastline.
After the Summer break, we returned to Cameron Parish to continue planting much needed dune grass on East Holly Beach. We partnered with CITGO to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of Hurricane Rita. This was our third consecutive year to partner with CITGO for a major beach restoration project. Over those three years CRCL, CITGO and hundreds of volunteers have restored and protected 12 miles of the Cameron Shoreline. As part of this collaboration, we are working closely with McNeese State University to monitor these sights so that we can continue to improve our planting techniques and maximize our restoration efforts. More to come on this, so stay tuned.
So far this year, we’ve engaged nearly 400 volunteers and restored 35 acres of Louisiana coastal habitat , and we’re excited to do more! We’re planning some wonderful volunteer opportunities for the new year and into the spring. You can learn more and sign up at CRCL.org. Thank you for working with us to protect Our Coast, Our Future!
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