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Coastal Forests Restored: Volunteers Plant 10,000th Tree

During the last two years, we have planted a lot of trees.

10,000 to be exact.

CRCL wrapped up our habitat restoration initiative “10,000 Trees for Louisiana” in February. Throughout this two-year project, we have engaged more than 500 volunteers that have contributed more than 4,300 volunteer hours across 31 volunteer days helping to restore vital wetlands.

This was the third round of the two-year project, which totals 30,000 new trees planted in southeast Louisiana since 2010.

With project support from the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and the Restore the Earth Foundation, we divided the 10,000 trees between two sites – the Lake Maurepas Land Bridge in Akers and the Caernarvon Diversion Outfall in Braithwaite.

Volunteers planted 5,000 native trees at each site, including bald cypress, red swamp maple, and water tupelo.

“This project couldn’t have been possible without our hardworking volunteers,” says Kacie Wright, CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Coordinator, “At the end of the day, they may be covered in mud but there are huge smiles on their faces. These coastal champions show that anyone can make a difference and protect our coast.”

The newly planted trees will help reduce storm surge, promote a sustainable coastal ecosystem by harnessing natural processes, and provide habitat that supports an array of commercial and recreational activities.

This is a much-needed win for Louisiana. We have lost more than 1,900 square miles of land to open water – land that’s crucial to support our communities, culture, and economy.

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