MEDIA ALERT

VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RESTORE HISTORIC CYPRESS FOREST
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CONTACT:
Lisa Noble, America's WETLAND Foundation
(504) 293-2610

WHAT:
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 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.  To register to  volunteer, individuals should  send their email, name and phone number to info@americaswetland.com.


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


WHERE:
Point-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area 
Driving directions and a map to staging area will be provided to all registered volunteers


WHO:
  • Volunteers planting 1,000 Cypress Trees
  • Sidney Coffee, Senior Advisor, America's WETLAND Foundation
  • Charles Galennie, eRotary Coastal Club
  • 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/
 
*Live coverage of the Planting will be available on America's WETLAND Foundation Facebook page.




The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit  www.americaswetland.com.