Habitat Restoration Program
|Louisiana’s wetlands are one of the most highly productive and valuable resources in the country. Unfortunately, Louisiana has lost more than 1,900 square miles of coastal wetlands since the 1930’s as a result of natural processes and human activities.|
|Founded in 2000, CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) leads our efforts to restore Louisiana’s coastal habitats by engaging volunteers and stakeholders to be a part of the solution. Our partnerships and events facilitate environmental stewardship by Louisiana industries, land owners, and business leaders.|
|The HRP provides valuable education experiences for its volunteers. Participants learn a variety of restoration methods that are employed across the entire Louisiana coast.|
|By leveraging public and private partnerships, the HRP is also able to coordinate large scale restoration projects, thus widening our impact on target areas of vulnerable wetlands.|
|Since its inception, the HRP has engaged more than 11,000 volunteers and directly restored more than 4,500 acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana.|
Our volunteers plant dune and marsh grass at impacted sites throughout Louisiana’s coastal zone. This helps create a dense root system in these areas which, in turn, will anchor the soil as well as build land. In addition to stabilizing coastal soils and reducing coastal land loss, planting marsh and dune grass also provides fish and wildlife habitat. CRCL's marsh and dune plantings primarily occur in the spring, early summer, and fall each year.
Over the last five years, volunteers have helped construct nearly 20,000 linear feet of sand fence at sites ranging from Grand Isle to Holly Beach. Sand fence act as a barrier to accumulate blowing sand and build dunes along beachfront habitat. Louisiana’s beaches and barrier islands are eroding at an alarming rate. The sand dunes that grow along these habitats act as a buffer from storm surge and protect inland communities.
Our volunteers plant trees to help reduce impacts from storm surge and flooding, as well as improve water quality and create habitat for fish and wildlife. Coastal forests in Louisiana offer protection from hurricanes and safeguard communities all across Louisiana’s coast. Large areas of these beautiful wetland forests have been lost, and many more areas are in danger of disappearing. Coastal forest plantings occur in the late fall and winter each year.
Visit each restoration project we've completed since our Habitat Restoration Program first began over 15 years ago. From restoring beaches in Cameron Parish to planting marsh grass in Venice, our volunteers have travelled the state to help restore Louisiana's coast. Click below to learn more!