Since CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program began in 2000, we have planted millions of native plants and engaged over fourteen thousand volunteers.
This year, we wanted to achieve even more by reaching out to the communities most heavily impacted by our coastal crisis. We developed and launched our newest initiative, Communities Restoring Urban Swamp Habitat or C.R.U.S.H.
From educational bike rides to plantings trees in the marsh, the first year of the CRUSH project was an overwhelming success. Read More.
Oyster Shells to Help Protect One of Louisiana’s Historic Sites
Oysters are a way of life in Louisiana, and for the Pointe-Au-Chien Indian Tribe, the shells will help preserve their culture.
In partnership with the Tribe, CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program installed its second living shoreline in Pointe-Aux-Chenes this Spring. The reef will help to protect the Tribe’s culturally valuable and significantly historic mound complex from disappearing.
Entirely made from shells recycled by our 19 New Orleans restaurant partners, it took ten truckloads to move 200 tons of shells. That’s approximately 400,000 pounds of the recycled oyster shell! The recycled shell will be used to form a barrier a barrier to protect this culturally significant site from erosion and sea level rise. Read More.
Spring into Action with CRCL
With Mardi Gras behind us and Spring in full swing, it’s a perfect time to join us for one of our volunteer events.
CRCL has worked on mixing in fun with restoration while engaging volunteers. More than 14,000 CRCL volunteers have planted over 3.3 million native plants and trees and helped us recycle more than 8 million pounds of oyster shell.
“Our volunteers sometimes get wet and maybe a little dirty, but they leave with a smile on their face,” said CRCL Restoration Programs Director Dr. Deb Visco Abibou. “It’s a way you can get involved and make a tangible difference. You may think that one person can’t make a difference, but the cumulative impact of each of our projects shows that you can.” Read More.
CRCL’s AmeriCorps Members Soaring to New Heights
Have you ever wondered what our freshly planted saplings look like from the air? Want to learn how you can help support our coast by casting your fishing line?
We have just the people.
Two of CRCL’s newest additions have joined us as AmeriCorps members via Serve Louisiana, Wesley Bollinger and Kathryn Loomis.
As our Outreach Assistant, Kat delves deep into our coastal communities. She works to engage with residents along the coast and build support for the projects vital to projecting coastal Louisiana and actively recruits anglers to become fisher scientists via our new app - Fish for Data. Read More.
Come Shell-A-Brate with CRCL
CRCL is hosting two fun-filled events in May!
On the 17th, we will honor an incredible array of coastal champions during our 24th annual Coastal Stewardship Awards. Each recipient has demonstrated passionate commitment to Louisiana's coast and have made immense contributions to the restoration and conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
From academia to journalists to on the ground volunteers, our winners represent the diverse ways people are involved in protecting coastal Louisiana. The 2019 winners fall into four categories: Coastal Stewardship, Lifetime Achievement, Friend of CRCL and Volunteer of the Year. Read More.