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Caring for our Coast- Holly Beach Restoration

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and CITGO are excited to announce our dune restoration event on the Cameron coast on Saturday, September 26th. The volunteer event commemorates the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Rita as part of the CITGO Caring for our Coast Program, during National Estuaries Week. We will be planting a 6 mile stretch of Cameron shoreline with 60,000 plugs of dune grass and repairing 2 miles of sand fence. The goal of this project is to increase soil retention along the beach, promote dune growth, provide critical habitat for nesting birds, and enhance protection to highway 82 and the coastal communities of Cameron parish. 

Please read all of the project details to prepare yourself for a wonderful day volunteering for Our Coast, Our Future! 

Project Details:

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015
           7:00 a.m. to no later than 3:00 p.m.

Project Location: Cameron Shoreline

Parking and Check-in Location: CITGO Park, Sulphur LA

Registration directions and FAQs are at the bottom of the page. 

NOTE: All volunteers - you will be meeting at CITGO Park in Sulphur. We have arranged shuttle buses to the Cameron shoreline for all volunteers. *Exception* If you live south of Sulphur then you are not expected to ride the shuttle. I will contact you with different instructions the week of the event. 

Important information: 

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event
  • Due to the logistics of this event, check in will close promptly at 8:30 am.
  • Volunteers will meet at CITGO Park in Sulphur, LA and will be shuttled to the site on charter buses. 
  • Please note the minimum age for volunteers is 7 and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Planting along the beach is a strenuous activity, so physical fitness is necessary.
  • All equipment (dibbles, gloves, etc) and lunch and drinks (with vegetarian options) will be provided to all volunteers.

We require that all volunteers please register to let us know if you plan to attend.  If any additional members of your family/friends are attending, then they must also register.

Volunteering on our coast is a wonderful way to spend a day and we would like to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a great experience.

  • If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation by visiting your account page.
  • If the event registration is full, you can be added to a waiting list.
  • If you'd like to register as part of a group, please contact your group leader for your team name and register accordingly (directions below).
  • If you have any questions about the registration process...

 

For any of the above inquiries, you can contact our Restoration Program Coordinator, Jenny Byrd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast & Volunteer Appreciation Celebration with Abita Beer and CRCL

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and Abita Beer invite you to participate in a two day “Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast,” event on Grand Isle, LA. Hurricane Isaac’s impact last August washed away many of the dunes along the barrier islands in southeast Louisiana. This habitat provides critical protection to the wetlands and the surrounding communities. This storm was just the latest hit that this region has taken, having sustained prior damage from 2011’s Tropical Storm Lee and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster.
 
Help us save this important stretch of Louisiana’s coast by volunteering to construct 1 mile of dune fence and plant thousands of dune grasses on March 1st and/or 2nd.  
 
To thank you for volunteering, we are also inviting you to stay for the CRCL and Abita Beer SOS: Volunteer Appreciation Party happening immediately after each day’s restoration activity. Come help us celebrate the work you did as well as Louisiana’s ties to our coast, culture, food and love of life with fresh seafood, BBQ, live music, games and Abita products (beer and root beer) – FREE for all who volunteered! It’s a great way to celebrate what’s best about Louisiana after doing your part to save our coast.
 
Sign up below for one or both days, and tell your friends to volunteer! The more the merrier!
 
SOS: Volunteer for the Coast Restoration Project
 
Where:           Grand Terre, LA
                       (Volunteers will meet at Grand Isle and take a short boat ride to Grand Terre Island)
 
When:            March 1st and 2nd, 2013
                        9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
                        Click HERE to register for the event.
                       
SOS: Volunteer Appreciation Party
 
Where:            Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle
                       
When:             March 1st and 2nd, 2013
                        2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
                        We will have a fish fry on Friday afternoon and a crawfish boil/couchon de lait on Saturday.
                        All participating volunteers are welcome to attend!
 
Minimum age for volunteers is 10, but all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
 
All equipment (shovels, gloves, hammers, etc.) will be provided.
Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers.
 
We request that all volunteers please register so we can plan for the correct number of volunteers. You can complete an online registration form at www.crcl.org or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information.
 
Directions and additional information will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.
 
We understand that plans can change. If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend the event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Want to stay for the weekend?

CRCL and Abita encourage volunteers to come down and spend the weekend enjoying all that Grand Isle has to offer. If you need assistance finding a place to stay on Grand Isle, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional support for this project was provided by CH2MHill and the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Volunteers Needed to Help Restore Cypress Forests in Mandeville!

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the St. Tammany Parish Government are looking for volunteers to participate in a two day coastal forest tree restoration project in Mandeville, LA. This project will improve water quality, create wildlife habitat, and provide a natural scenic area for the public  by planting native trees and wetland vegetation in detention ponds as part of St. Tammany Parish’s coastal forest reforestation efforts.

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Project Details:

When:             Wednesday February 6 & Thursday February 7, 2013

                        Volunteers can register for one or both days.  

                         9:00 a.m. to no later than 2:00 p.m.

Where:            Bayou Chinchuba in Mandeville.

Due to limited parking at the site, volunteers will meet at the St. Tammany Parish Government Complex in Mandeville and will be shuttled to the restoration site (a 10 minute drive).

 

Detailed directions and additional information will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.

All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers will be planting 500 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators.      

Volunteers need to be prepared to get muddy.  This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. 

Additional information, including directions and what to bring, will be provided a few days prior to the event.

We request that all volunteers please register to let us know if you plan to attend.  You can register online or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information. 

We understand that plans can change.  If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend the event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VOLUNTEER TODAY TO HELP RESTORE OUR CYPRESS FORESTS!

Additional support for this project comes from the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration,  Shell and Restore the Earth Foundation.