NEWS

23
Jan

NOLA.com: Volunteers wanted to plant cypress trees in Terrebonne Parish

A group of private companies and coastal advocates are looking for volunteers to help plant 1,000 bald cypress trees in the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area on Feb. 9. Volunteers will receive lunch and a t-shirt, according to a news release. The planting will later be expanded to 30,000 trees in an effort to restore a...
23
Jan

NOLA.com: What’s in Gov. Edwards’ $350 million coastal plan? Protecting LaPlace, levee repairs, more

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced plans Wednesday for spending about $350 million in coastal dollars, including money to accelerate a nearly half-century-old project to protect LaPlace and nearby areas. Most of the money – nearly $300 million – is from a federal revenue source of offshore oil and gas money called the Gulf of Mexico...
21
Jan

AP: 2 groups planting trees in Louisiana wetlands

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two groups are planting trees in Louisiana’s wetlands to restore swamps and help slow coastal erosion. The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana has nine events scheduled from next Friday, Jan. 25, in Mereaux, in St. Bernard Parish, to Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Tangipahoa Parish community of Akers. America’s...
19
Jan

The Advocate: Want to volunteer? Nominate?

America’s Wetland Foundation is heading a team needing volunteers to plant cypress trees, and hopefully reforest, newly reclaimed lands in the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area near Montegut in Terrebonne Parish. Work is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 9. Directions to the site will be provided to registered volunteers. This planned planting of 1,000 bald...
17
Jan

MEDIA ADVISORY: VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CYPRESS FOREST

The America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF), BHP, and RES in cooperation with eRotary Coastal Club are hosting a group of volunteers to plant 1,000 Bald Cypress trees at the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management. 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...
10
Jan

Care2: Scientists Find More Than 2 Billion Birds Mirate Over the Gulf Coast Every Spring

Until now researchers have been making a best guess at the number of birds passing over the Gulf of Mexico during their spring migration, but a new study has found there are more than two billion making the annual trek. Habitats along the Gulf of Mexico provide a wide variety of migratory birds who travel...
10
Jan

Curbed: Climate change is taking our cities away

City leaders need to start asking the tough question: How much longer can we live here? California’s deadliest, most destructive fire in history leveled a city of 26,000 residents within a matter of hours. “Completely destroyed,” read the headlines. “Obliterated.” “Paradise lost.” After a year punctuated by increasingly alarming climate reports, as well as some...
04
Jan

NOLA.com: $36 million Lost Lake marsh creation project completed: Gov. Edwards

The completion of a $36 million project to restore and nourish wetlands on the northern edges of Lost Lake in Terrebonne Parish was announced Friday (Jan. 4) by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Read more…
26
Dec

New York Times: Fake Islands Bring a Dutch Lake Back to Life

LELYSTAD, Netherlands — Wildlife is flourishing inside an artificial archipelago on a lake just northeast of Amsterdam. Red clover, reeds and more than 100 other plant species grow, while thousands of birds fly overhead, feeding on the insects and small fish below. Read more here…
21
Dec

NOLA.com: Backfilling oil and gas canals to restore wetlands: coastal news roundup

In this week’s coastal news roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein about a proposal by Louisiana State University wetlands scientist Eugene Turner to backfill hundreds of miles of oil and gas canals along Louisiana’s eroding coastline. Read more here…
11
Dec

NOAA Adjusted Coastal Water Levels for Grand Isle Up by 3.3 inches

NOAA adjusted coastal water levels upwards – with the adjustment upwards of 3.3 inches of water levels (for the five year period 2012-2016) for Grand Isle, https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/s…/sltrends_station.shtml…
06
Dec

Houma Courier: State’s coastal chief leaves for industry job

Governor names interim replacement.… The head of Louisiana’s coastal restoration program has stepped down to take a position in private business, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. Johnny Bradberry had served as executive assistant for Coastal Activities and chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority since Edwards took office in 2016. Read more...
04
Dec

NPR: ‘Retreat’ Is Not An Option As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas

About 150 steps from John Imperato’s Southern California home, pavement gives way to an ever-shrinking stretch of soft sand. Imperato lives in Del Mar, a small, affluent town just north of San Diego. He spent his life savings to live here. He wanted to raise his son like he grew up, withing walking distance of...
03
Dec

CBS: Shell ties executive pay to cuts in carbon emissions

Royal Dutch Shell is changing its tune on carbon, saying it will tie executive pay to shorter-term reductions in emissions. The world’s second-largest oil company on Monday said it would begin establishing carbon-output targets each year for the following three to five years in an effort to slash its carbon footprint in half by 2050...
30
Nov

NOLA.com: Hundreds of Louisiana parks and wildlife areas benefited from canceled federal program

By Tristan Baurick – Several Louisiana conservation groups are calling on Congress to revive a federal fund that helped create some of the state’s most popular parks and wildlife areas. Congress allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire in late September, putting in doubt one of the country’s most effective means of preserving...
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