We can save Louisiana’s coast
SCIENCE-DRIVEN, ON-THE-GROUND WORK
Louisiana’s coastal land loss is having dramatic effects on the nation’s energy, navigation and fisheries interests. It’s also devastating the communities of south Louisiana and the families who have called this place home for generations. CRCL works at the state, local and federal levels to ensure that restoring and protecting coastal Louisiana are top priorities for our state and the nation.
Recycle your christmas tree!
With the support of CRCL, parishes throughout south Louisiana have developed programs that recycle trees to help protect our coast while engaging volunteers in understanding the importance of coastal restoration. It’s become a new holiday tradition.
Since CRCL helped create the first Christmas tree recycling program for coastal restoration, more than one million trees have been used to help our coast.
RESTORing OYSTER REEFS
OYSTER SHELL RECYCLING Program
CRCL’S Oyster Shell Recycling Program collects shell from New Orleans restaurants and public drop-off sites and builds oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across coastal Louisiana.
Launched in 2014, this is the first program of its kind in Louisiana and one of the largest shell recycling programs in the nation.
Community Art Living Shorelines
This project connects the art, food and festival cultures of south Louisiana to broaden community engagement in coastal restoration and understanding of climate resilience, using a unique artistic medium: oyster shell. C.A.L.S. fosters diverse engagement spaces in which coastal residents create art from the shell that is eventually used to build living shorelines along Louisiana’s coast. We bring the C.A.L.S. project to festivals, powwows, conferences, children’s museums, Mardi Gras gatherings and other events.
The state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan consists of 120 different restoration projects across the Louisiana coast. CRCL highlights several key restoration projects that are critical to slowing land loss. The 2023 Coastal Master Planning process is underway. Louisiana’s 2023 DRAFT Coastal Master Plan is now available online for public review and comment.
Advocating for our future
In addition to our role as advocate and watchdog, we also serve as responsible stewards of Louisiana’s rich coastal wetlands. We facilitate and fund restoration projects through our restoration programs, and we work diligently to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of preserving and restoring coastal Louisiana.
You can help!
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