We’re CRUSHing our Planting Goals
CRCL’s Habitat Restoration team is excited to CRUSH Louisiana's coastal threats! CRCL’s newest project, Communities Restoring Urban Swamp Habitat or CRUSH will plant 5,000 trees along the Lake Maurepas Land Bridge in Akers, LA, and the Central Wetlands Unit in Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.
The swamps around lake Maurepas were heavily logged in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The area has not yet fully recovered for various reasons, including the introduction of nutria, lack of sediment input, and the construction of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) which allowed for saltwater intrusion. The closure of the MRGO has gradually reduced salinity, allowing non-salt tolerant species like cypress to return to the area. Our tree plantings are helping to kickstart the return of coastal swamp forests in the area. Read More.
Christmas Tree Recycling Returns to Five Coastal Parishes
“O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree. How lovely are thy branches” is the opening line to a well-known Christmas carol, but did you know that those same branches can help restore the coast?
Parishes throughout the Bayou State recycle Christmas trees to keep them out of landfills. Some collect them and turn them into mulch for city beautification projects, but five parishes – Jefferson, Orleans, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne – actually collect your live Christmas trees, haul them to collection points and, with the help of volunteers – and sometimes helicopters - place them in the marsh, where they help reduce coastal erosion. Read More.
Reel Data. Real Science.
Our newly developed Fish for Data app is here! Now you can create a great record of all your fishing trips and help us collect important scientific data at the same time!
Anyone who regularly spends time on our coast understands that our wetlands are washing away. We are already experiencing changes in our coastal fishing practices. We expect these will continue and possibly get worse in the future.
We need to understand these changes because new conditions will determine the productivity of our Sportsman's Paradise. That includes understanding the interaction of salinity, temperature, and other changing factors. All of these environmental components are measured by the Fish for Data app, helping us to see where various species are being caught and how this is changing over time. Read More.
Find the Perfect Present and Give the Gift of a Healthy Coast AND
The giving season is in full swing, and if you’re looking for great gifts for someone on your list then look no further than our retail partners. Not only will you find the perfect gift, but you will also be helping CRCL in the process.
We have partnered with businesses who care deeply about our coast. Every time you visit one of these great retailers, either in person or online and purchase select items, you are making a difference for our coast. From cookware to apparel these businesses have something for everyone. It’s easy to shop, just click here to see all the wonderful offers. Read More.