|Fall is Tree Planting Season—We Need YOU!
By Marc Stevens, Communications Associate
CRCL’s Habitat Restoration Program is coming off a huge, productive year helping restore Louisiana’s coast.
During our last fiscal year, July 2016 to June 2017, we held 42 volunteer days and had 549 volunteers who contributed 4,500+ hours of service to help restore our coast. Our volunteers planted 86,600 plugs of marsh and dune grass, 5,000 trees, enhanced 56 acres of critical wetlands and restored 3.5 miles of beach dunes.
Everyone at CRCL is thankful for the time and energy our volunteers give us, while they experience restoring our coast firsthand. We could not do it without each of them.
After a quick summer break, we are ready to get this season started off right. It all begins with the continuation of our “10,000 Trees for Louisiana” campaign at two different sites, Lake Maurepas and in Caernarvon, Louisiana. We will be planting native hardwoods at both site to help restore coastal forests that were devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Funding for this crucial project is provided by Restore the Earth Foundation, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
The new trees will help reduce storm surge and flooding and create new habitat for fish and other wildlife. These efforts are vital to protecting our coastal communities and helping keep Louisiana’s coast from washing away.
Our volunteer planting events are currently underway and scheduled at least twice a month in two or three day stretches until January, so you have plenty of opportunities to get involved. Visit CRCL.org to volunteer today!
There is no time to lose in the battle for our coast.
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