Coastal Latest & Greatest: 3 Things You Don’t Want to Miss

01.05.2018 | In Latest News
By Emily Falgoust, Communications Associate, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, National Audubon Society

A weekly round-up of what's new in Louisiana coastal restoration

1) The Times Picayune published an opinion piece, “This was the year Louisiana started taking back our coast” by our Campaign Director, Steve Cochran. In it, he discusses progress made on the coast in 2017, particularly Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and LA SAFE (Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments), and opportunities that exist going forward to build on this progress. Writes Steve, “Ultimately, it will be this combination of science-based coastal restoration projects and planning around the reality of a smaller, sustainable coast that will determine our future. So, it is critical that we begin combining them as we go forward.”

2) 2017 was a great year for the coast! Sara Sneath in her Times-Picayune article, 15 ways Louisianans helped restore the coast in 2017,” reports that volunteers planted over 100,000 plants and trees, recycled 400 tons of oyster shells, banded and monitored 1000+ birds, and removed 2000 abandoned crab traps from our waterways. What will you do to restore the coast in 2018?

3) Getting ready to take down the Christmas tree? Not so fast! Put your tree to use to help restore the coast. Find out how in this article by Susan Pfefferle Tafur at The New Orleans Advocate: “Branching out: Give your Christmas tree a second life shoring up marshes.”

    1. Check out our video of these trees being put to use at the 2016 "Christmas Tree Drop."

Building protective marsh barriers out of recycled Christmas trees with US Fish & Wildlife and the National Guard today!

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