Dear Coastal Champion,
Few places are as unique as Louisiana. Sadly, many of the features – the bayous, marshes, swamps and beaches that make our coast so special – are in real danger.
CRCL’s mission is to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy. We envision a future where we’ve slowed land loss, harnessing natural systems to rebuild land that is currently washing away.
As CRCL prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary, we also celebrate some recent successes.
We helped protect coastal funds from being raided for other uses.
We built our first living shoreline oyster reef using shell from our Oyster Shell Recycling Program.
We hosted an educational flyover of coastal Louisiana for Governor John Bel Edwards, state legislators and Congressional staff members to help them see the effects of land loss firsthand.
We hosted four Coastal Road Show events where hundreds of people learned more about coastal restoration and how it will affect their local communities.
We hosted a New Orleans Mayoral Debate focused on water issues and coastal protection.
Our Habitat Restoration Program has engaged 13,000+ volunteers and planted more than 3,000,000 native trees and plants, since 2000.
Our Oyster Shell Recycling program has collected 5,000,000+ pounds of oyster shell that will be returned to Louisiana waters rather than to Louisiana landfills.
Between 1985 and 2010, we lost portions of our coast at a rate of 24 football fields a day, but there is still hope! Recent studies indicate, through our collective effort, including more than 13,000 CRCL volunteers, land loss has been slowed. However, there is still plenty of work to do. Louisiana’s coast continues to lose nearly 15 football fields every day.
That’s why we need you! Our work to protect and restore our coast would not be possible without your support. Please take a minute to become a member today. Visit crcl.org or fill out the enclosed envelope. Your membership in CRCL says that you are committed to saving our coast and there is no more important endeavor for those of us who care about South Louisiana, our unique way of life and our economic prosperity.
When you become a member, you will also be placed into a drawing for a framed Alex Beard print painted exclusively for CRCL. This signed and numbered print ($650 value) will compliment any décor. The drawing will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018.
We, here at CRCL, wish you and your family a happy and safe Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!
Kimberly Davis Reyher