MEDIA ALERT: OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FROM LOCAL RESIDENT VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CYPRESS FOREST

Registration Closed Due to Unprecedented Response

WHAT:
VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CYPRESS FOREST

The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), BHP, and RES in cooperation with eRotary Coastal Club and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are hosting a group of volunteers to plant 1,000 Bald Cypress trees at the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management. We had an overwhelming response and because of increased interest and in order to protect the environment where we are restoring wetlands, we have reached our volunteer limit of 150 for this planting.

The volunteer planting will complete the restoration of a historic Cypress forest. The project includes the planting of 30,000 Cypress trees on 100 acres as part of the BHP/RES/AWF Terrebonne Biodiversity and Resiliency Projects.

After the planting is completed, three invasive species treatments wil be applied and the project site will be monitored for five years. The economic value of this restoration is estimated at $792,700 per year and CO2 sequestration is estimated at 153 – 168 tons per year. The restoration will also improve water quality by reducing phosphorus and nitrogen.

The Cypress trees and invasive species treatments that follow will improve the resiliency of this degraded marsh system and enhance critical habitats that support a variety of aquatic wildlife and migratory birds.

WHEN:
Saturday – February 9, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE:
Point-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area
(Email for location and directions)

WHO:
• 150 Volunteers planting 1,000 Cypress Trees
• Sidney Coffee, Senior Advisor, America’s WETLAND Foundation
• Charles Gaiennie, President eRotary Coastal Club
• Sarah Daniel, Community Relations, BHP
• Michael Hare,  Director, Government Affairs and Communication, RES

WHY:
AWF builds community pride and environmental awareness through volunteerism and education. It supports collaborative efforts to organize and engage participants in a variety of activities, all with the message of responsible stewardship and a call for action to save coastal Louisiana. Exciting hands-on volunteer programs involve and educate audiences through the work of a diverse group of members who not only take their experience with them, but also leave a physical, virtual and emotional handprint on the state.

The Terrebonne projects are inaugural projects for the recently announced Louisiana Coastal Exchange (LCX), and inventory of private sector restoration or water management projects to help stem the tide of coastal erosion in Louisiana. For more information on the LCX go to: https://www.americaswetland.com/lcx/

A special thanks to our public partner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), for providing access to this land and scientific expertise. They have helped all of us advance as a community.

*Live coverage of the Planting will be available on America’s WETLAND Foundation Facebook page.

 

 

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