Congressional Tour Shows Staffers Why Louisiana’s Working Coast Matters to the Nation

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Congressional Tour Shows Staffers Why Louisiana’s Working Coast Matters to the Nation

04.21.2017 | Posted by Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat

Last week, Restore or Retreat tested the notion of “seeing is believing” by hosting U.S. congressional staffers from both chambers – and sides of the aisle. After a whirlwind 32-hour educational field trip, we are confident our friends left believers in the importance of restoring Louisiana’s coast. Following a similar fly-in hosted by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana last fall, Restore or Retreat began working with our partners, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and Restore the …

Restore or Retreat? A Difficult Question Facing Many Across Louisiana’s Coast.

03.30.2017 | Posted by Simone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat

In May 2000, our founding fathers (and mothers) brought landowners, port commissioners, parish leaders, restoration advocates, levee experts, business owners and residents together for one purpose—to save our irreplaceable region. They were in the beginning stages of answering the question: Will restoration of Louisiana’s coast require coastal residents to leave their communities? That’s how the name “Restore or Retreat” came about. It was intended as a threat—take action or be forced to leave. Fast forward 17 years, through several devastating …

New Orleans Top Chefs Tour New "Catch of the Day" Habitat

11.14.2016 | Posted by Samantha Carter, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

Originally posted on November 10, 2016 on National Wildlife Federation's Blog. In the fight to save the wetlands that protect and provide for the ways of life in Southern Louisiana, the National Wildlife Federation is enlisting the help of New Orleans’ chefs to support the long-term sustainability of the delta and the coast. The National Wildlife Federation arranged a tour of the Davis Pond Freshwater Diversion to show these chefs the power and opportunities that coastal restoration tools, such as …

Conservation heroes of the Mississippi River Delta profiled in new book

10.24.2016 | Posted by Estelle Robichaux, Senior Restoration Project Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund

In her recent book, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland”, author and EDF writer Miriam Horn takes a close look at unlikely conservationists living in one of the largest and most economically productive ecosystems in the world: the Mississippi River watershed. Horn spent more than three years researching and writing this book, and it shows in her personal descriptions of these heroes and deep knowledge of the environmental issues that concern them. Despite their disparate locations, backgrounds …

19th Annual Wild Things Festival

10.21.2016 | Posted by Samantha Carter, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

On October 15, outreach staff from Restore the Mississippi River Delta attended the 19th Annual Wild Things Festival in Lacombe, LA. The fun-filled day included nature walks, a wildlife youth art show, live animal exhibits, and much more. To encourage spending time outside and creating backyard wildlife habitats at home, our team worked with hundreds of children and families to make bird feeder tree ornaments out of easy-to-find household snacks. Staff also led discussions and answered questions about coastal restoration …

CPRA Hosts Community Conversations About 2017 Coastal Master Plan

10.05.2016 | By CPRA Hosts Community Conversations About 2017 Coastal Master Plan

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority – in partnership with Restore or Retreat – is hosting a series of six Community Conversations during October to update residents on the 2017 Coastal Master Plan and allow attendees to give feedback that will be used in developing the draft plan, which will be released in January 2017 for formal public comment and review. Find a Community Conversation in your area: Buras: Oct. 4, Buras Community Center 36342 Highway 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. RSVP here Dulac: Oct. 6, Dulac Community Center 125 Coast …

U.S. Senate Race Coastal Issues Forum

Join our partner, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, at their 2016 U.S. Senate Race Coastal Issues Forum on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:00pm at the LSU Union Theater in Baton Rouge. Coastal land loss is one of the most important issues facing our state, and this forum is an opportunity to hear firsthand how five candidates running for U.S. Senate plan to deal with challenges and opportunities related to coastal restoration. The candidates participating in the forum include Charles …

4th Annual Downriver Fest: Oysters & the Restoration of our Coast!

09.19.2016 | Posted by Helen Rose Patterson, Greater New Orleans Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

Saturday, Sept. 10 was the 4th annual Downriver Festival at the New Orleans French Market! The festival featured lectures, live music and culinary demonstrations that celebrated all aspects of the Mississippi River’s influences. The theme this year was “Oysters and the Future of our Coast,” and Restore the Mississippi River Delta was lucky enough to be a partner for the first time. We sponsored the symposium section of the event, featuring many presentations from “What Makes a Tasty Oyster” to …

New Super School focused on coastal restoration coming to south Louisiana

09.14.2016 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve, Communications Manager, Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund

It’s a great day for coastal restoration and education! Today, XQ: The Super School Project announced the winners of its Super Schools competition, including a new school in the greater New Orleans area, New Harmony High, which will have a focus on coastal restoration and protection. The 10 winning schools, selected from nearly 700 proposals, will each receive $10 million over the next five years to help turn their dream school into a reality. Because of this award, New Harmony …

The World Still Needs More Louisiana

09.09.2016 | Posted by Jacques P. Hebert, Communications Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

It’s been over a year since we launched our partnership with Dirty Coast to share the message that “The World Needs More Louisiana.” That fact still rings true today, so we’re thrilled to announce a continuation and expansion of the partnership with Dirty Coast through their charitable arm Screens for Good. Starting today and over the course of the next 28 days, you have the opportunity to buy a variety of “The World Needs More Louisiana” products – t-shirts, tote …

Service Day at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle

08.15.2016 | Posted by Samantha Carter, Senior Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, National Wildlife Federation

The platform at the end of Caffin Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward over looks Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle. The Wetland Triangle, which makes up 400 acres of the 30,000 acre Central Wetlands Unit, is where Bayou Bienvenue begins to snake along the wetlands that make up the border of Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes and eventually ends in Lake Borgne. Once a thriving cypress swamp, the Triangle provided the adjacent neighborhood with fishing, trapping, timber and recreation. This important …

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Summer Boat Tour: Multiple Lines of Defense

07.29.2016 | Posted by Amanda Moore, Deputy Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, National Wildlife Federation

What better way to spend a morning than on a boat, skirting storms and learning about the wetlands and levee system that protect the Greater New Orleans area? Last week, National Wildlife Federation, partnering with the City of New Orleans on a summer field trip series, led four boats filled with community leaders on a tour of the wetlands along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) and the $1.1billion Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier. Our enthusiastic participants, including government …

Coastal Supporter Spotlight: Kassy McCall, NOLA Til Ya Die

06.29.2016 | Posted by Matt Phillips, Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

In 2014, Kassy McCall opened NOLA Til Ya Die in a Mid-City warehouse where Toulouse Street meets Bayou St. John. “I had been down in the French Market selling ‘Til Ya Die’ merchandise since 2012,” she explains, “mostly as test marketing.” McCall’s “Til Ya Die” designs are recognizable to many New Orleanians, but have a deeper connection to the city’s Hurricane Katrina recovery than most realize. After Katrina, “everyone kept asking me why I kept going back to New Orleans. …

Tracking Fish with Acoustic Telemetry—Implementation of an Exciting Technology in Lake Pontchartrain

05.31.2016 | Posted by Nic Dixon, Outreach Associate, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and many other fisheries organizations and scientists worldwide have traditionally used fish tags to keep track of fish populations. You may have even applied these simple dart-tipped plastic tags to a fish yourself. Standard fish tagging efforts (in part) identify where the fish was originally captured, Point A, and then where the fish was recaptured, Point Z. But there is not a clear picture of where these fish were for points B, …

Louisiana Wetlands: Recognizing a National Treasure During American Wetlands Month

05.26.2016 | Posted by Richie Blink, Plaquemines Parish Community Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

May is American Wetlands Month, and Louisiana's coastal wetlands are some of the most productive ecosystems in North America. Not only do they provide habitat for numerous fish, wildlife and birds, but they also help improve water quality, provide recreational opportunities and protection for people and infrastructure from damaging storm surges. Wildlife habitat and nurseries Wetlands serve as a nursery environment for juvenile fish. The countless ponds, bays and bayous found in the Mississippi River Delta provide essential habitat for …