CRCL Announces the Winners of the 23rd Annual Coastal Stewardship Awards


Jimmy Frederick, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.317.2046,

CRCL Announces the Winners of the 23rd Annual Coastal Stewardship Awards

Coastal Champions to be Honored at State of the Coast Conference, May 31 in New Orleans

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Coastal Stewardship Awards.


This is the 23rd year for CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Awards, which honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast and have made significant contributions to the restoration and conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.


For the first time CRCL will honor these coastal champions at our State of the Coast conference at noon Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.


The 2018 winners fall into four categories: Coastal Stewardship, Student Coastal Stewardship, Friend of CRCL and Volunteers of the Year.


Coastal Stewardship Award

Dr. Melissa Baustian –Dr.Baustian is a coastal ecologist at The Water Institute of the Gulf. Baustian is an excellent researcher with more than 10 years of experience and 20+ publications to her credit. She also serves as Deputy Director for the RESTORE Act Center of Excellence for Louisiana where she helps administer a competitive coastal research grants program. Baustian works closely with aspiring scientists of all ages including high school students in STEM programs throughout the Baton Rouge area.


Dr. Gary LaFleur – Dr. LaFleur has been a professor at Nicholls State University for the past 20 years and currently serves as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Along with many years studying our unique coastal ecosystem and culture, he founded the Center for Bayou Studies, an academic operation at Nicholls that nurtures collaborations between diverse areas of teaching and scholarship together with community cultural partners. LaFleur is a unique combination of scholar, teacher and advocate. He is able to focus beyond the science to the people and their culture that are affected by it.


Capt. Ryan Lambert—Mr. Lambert founded Cajun Fishing Adventures Lodge near Buras in 1980. Since then he has seen our coastal land loss crisis firsthand. Lambert charters free tours for journalists and state legislators to bring awareness to our vanishing wetlands. He facilitated a collaborative effort with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and National Wildlife Federation securing $1 million in North American Wetlands Conservation Act funding for a restoration project in the Bay Denesse area. The project will be constructed in 2019 and will enhance more than 2,500 acres of private and public land.


Guthrie Perry—Mr. Perry is a retired biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He has been instrumental in marsh management programs and education initiatives for more than 50 years especially in his beloved Cameron Parish. Perry has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications, and he has been honored with multiple awards, including the 1985 Governor’s Award, the 2009 Charles F. Dunbar, Jr. and was named the 2015 Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival King.


Louisiana Endangered Cemeteries— Jessica Schexnayder/Mary Manhein Louisiana Endangered Cemeteries is a project founded by Jessica Schexnayder and Mary Manhein that maps cemeteries that will eventually be lost to coastal erosion, subsidence, storm surge, and sea level rise. Since 2011, 138 threatened cemeteries have been documented with GPS coordinates and more than 11,000 photographs. Their recently released book, “Fragile Ground,” connects geography and culture and acts as a window to these historical sites.


Megan Terrell— Ms. Terrell is an environmental attorney, and legal advisor to Governor John Bel Edwards. She advised in the development, review and implementation of policies for the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Terrell was the lead in-house counsel coordinating Louisiana’s legal response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Along with her professional work, Terrell has assisted the Citizen Science Monitoring Project doing bird surveys with the Audubon Society and LSU graduate students.


Student Coastal Stewardship Award—American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at ULL —The ASCE student chapter promotes the origins, core values, ethics, people, projects and programs of the civil engineering profession. The ULL chapter has participated in several marsh and dune restoration events with CRCL. They have also partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to coordinate volunteer events in Cameron Parish. These events gave members insight into their obligation to the public and environment as civil engineers. Receiving the award is the current president of the UL Chapter, Mary Grace Sherlock.


Volunteers of the Year—Eli Lamb and Allison Kalnik From 2016 through 2017, Eli attended seven events racking up 44 hours of service to our coast and Allison attended nine events and contributed 60 hours of service. These two dedicated volunteers planted trees in Braithwaite, Jean Lafitte, and Lake Maurepas, planted marsh grass in Bayou Sauvage, and bagged oyster shell in Buras. They became regulars at CRCL restoration events, traveling over 650 miles to and from our various event locations. They always work hard and help guide and set an example for other volunteers. Their consistent presence has helped to build a community of volunteers who know and inspire each other.


Friend of CRCL—Two Girls, One Shuck —Two Girls One Shuck, and owner Becky Wasden, have been strong supporters of CRCL for more than four years. Becky is one of the most ardent supporters of our Oyster Shell Recycling Program and has been since it’s inception. She has incorporated OSRP into her business model, taking on the added expense of recycling. As the only nontraditional “restaurant” it has taken a great deal of commitment on her part. Since Two Girls One Shuck is a traveling oyster bar, recycling shell is not as easy as just dumping it in a bin, but that hasn’t deterred her commitment.


About CRCL:

CRCL is a non-partisan, non-profit organization driving bold, science-based action to restore Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration, and advocacy.  CRCL was founded in 1988 and is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive coastal restoration organization. Visit

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