The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is proud to announce recipients of the 2014 Coastal Stewardship Awards.
Now in its 19th year, CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards are the highest form of recognition offered by CRCL to those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast, and have made significant contributions to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
CRCL will honor these coastal champions at the 2014 Stewardship Awards Banquet, to be held Friday, May 09, 2014 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
The 2014 winners fall into three categories:
Coastal Stewardship Award
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission’s commitment to go above and beyond their obligations for environmental mitigation has not only helped Port Fourchon grow sustainably but has also made Port Fourchon an important proving ground for coastal science and restoration techniques.
Al Duvernay III – Al has been a dependable and hardworking volunteer for CRCL’s Community-Based Restoration Program since 2011. In addition to volunteering his time at numerous restoration events each year, Al also contributes his boat and captaining skills to transport plant and other volunteers to planning sites.
LSU EnvironMentors – LSU EnvironMentors is a unique afterschool mentoring program that educates youth about Louisiana’s coastal environment through scientific research projects and field trips. Its main goal is to mentor and motivate high school students who are underrepresented in the sciences and to increase environmental literacy and awareness by focusing on environmental issues facing Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
Jim Grice and Mary Ann Breen – Jim and Mary Anne are regular faces at CRCL’s Community-Based Restoration events. They have been dedicated volunteers since 2012 and have participated in over 10 projects in that time ranging from monitoring trips to Jean Lafitte National Park to planting black mangroves at Elmer’s Island. No matter the environment, Jim and Mary Anne are team players and always energize the volunteers around them.
Darryl Clark – Darryl Clark is a Senior Fish and Wildlife Biologist at the Louisiana Ecological Services Office for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a member of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Technical Committee. Darryl has provided his vision, experience and scientific knowledge to help CWPPRA plan for what will happen as CWPPRA projects reach their 20 year life span. His commitment to help protect and preserve Louisiana’s wetlands has included his work engaging the public and various audiences in order to keep them informed and educated about coastal issues.
Cynthia Duet – Cynthia Duet, Director of Governmental Relations for the National Audubon Society, is a respected voice in the coastal community. Her career has included public service, private consulting and now the non-governmental sector. Her multi-sector perspective and abilities have made her advice and assistance much sought after resources. She had a formative role in the development of Coast 2050, the 2007 Louisiana Master Plan and is currently working on the implementation of the current Master plan as well as preparing for its next iteration in 2017. Cynthia’s enthusiasm, energy and devotion to the coast are evident in every aspect of her work.
Distinguished Service Award
Shell “Mars B Platform” Team – The Shell “Mars B Platform” Team has put into place numerous environmental initiatives including oyster shell recycling, restoring island nesting habitats, beach and marsh restoration along with Shell employees volunteering to save coastal Louisiana. As coastal stewards, Shell has dedicated $5 million to these various initiatives with the goal to benefit the communities and the environment of the Gulf Coast.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Carolyn Woosley-- As a native of Lake Charles, Carolyn has traveled and lived in many places, but returned to her home to improve the community on many different fronts, including the arts and environment. When Carolyn began to advocate for the coastal issues of the Chenier Plain many years ago, she was one of only a small handful that was aware of the severity of the issue. Carolyn has worked diligently to educate elected officials and community leaders, not just in Southwest Louisiana but across the coast, about the importance and unique qualities of the Chenier Plain. Carolyn’s advocacy work focuses on solutions that provide for economic growth and stability while restoring and sustaining the environment.
The 2014 Stewardship Awards Banquet on Friday, May 09, 2014 will be a special night to celebrate the many rewards our coast provides to us, as well as those who go to great lengths to protect and restore our wetlands for the future. Tickets will be available for purchase for this year’s event on CRCL’s website, www.crcl.org.
To see a list of previous winners of Coastal Stewardship Awards, click here.
This year, CRCL is excited to announce that for the first time, our auction is available online! From now until May 8th you can view and bid on all of our auctions items online. (check back often as new items are being added every day!) On May 9th the bidding fun will continue during the banquet and the winners will be announced at the close of the evening. Click here to view the auction.