We can save Louisiana’s coast


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.

CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards

Coastal stewardship awards

The CRCL Coastal Stewardship Awards event, scheduled for May 9 in Baton Rouge, will honor numerous heroes who have dedicated themselves to the preservation of Louisiana’s coast. Among those to be celebrated are Steve Cochran, the 2023 Coastal Master Plan Team, Blaise Pezold, Jacqueline Richard, Kenneth Bahlinger, and the late Justin Ehrenwerth. This event serves as a platform to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of these individuals in protecting and restoring the coastal ecosystem, while also inspiring others to join in this crucial effort.

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Support crcl’s programs with a new shirt

We’ve partnered with Bonfire to bring several new designs that support the coast! Show your support and help us plant more trees and recycle more oyster shells. Each design comes in a range of colors and styles, and a portion of all proceeds go to support CRCL’s restoration programs.



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.


Future coastal leaders

CRCL developed the Future Coastal Leaders initiative to prepare the next generation to preserve our coast. Applications are open for the spring 2024 semester. Sign up for our mailing list and follow us on social media to stay informed.

RESTORing wetlands

native plants Program

CRCL’s Native Plants Program aims to address the significant loss of coastal wetlands and marshes in Louisiana by promoting the use of indigenous plant species. These native plants play a crucial role in stabilizing soil, preventing erosion, filtering water, and providing habitat for wildlife.

CRCL works through a web of partnerships to identify and propagate native plant species that are well-suited to the unique conditions of Louisiana’s coastal regions.



The fourth edition of the Coastal Master Plan for 2023 has been formulated by the state to fulfill its ambitious objectives of coastal restoration and risk mitigation. As authorized by the Louisiana Legislature, this plan serves as a compass for the state’s coastal initiatives, governing substantial financial allocations towards the creation, execution, and management of extensive projects aimed at restoring the coastline and reducing vulnerability to risks.

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!

Get involved in coastal restoration efforts today by signing up for our email list or newsletter. Volunteer in hands-on restoration projects, voice your opinion on legislation and stay informed when you sign up below.