Volunteers Needed to Plant Cypress Trees at Jean Lafitte National Park's Barataria Preserve
December 1, 2011 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and Jean Lafitte National Park are organizing volunteers to plant more than 800 cypress trees along the Bayou Segnette Waterway in Jefferson Parish, La. from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2011. The objective of the project is to protect marsh ecosystems from erosion threats and from invasion by the exotic Chinese tallow tree. The restored marsh will also provide critical habit for wildlife.

CRCL is also looking for volunteers to unload and transport trees when they are delivered on Dec. 8, the day before the planting event. Volunteers are needed to help unload the trees from an 18-wheeler truck and transport them by boat to the planting site.

Transporting Cypress Trees:

When: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 9:00 a.m. to no later than 3:00 p.m.

Where: Barataria Preserve Education Center, 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072

Planting Cypress Trees:

When: Friday, December 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 10th, from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:30 p.m.

Where: Barataria Preserve Education Center, 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072

Volunteers can register for up to three days.

Detailed directions and more information about the project will be sent out two days prior to the event. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event! Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Register online at www.crcl.org or by calling (888) LACOAST.

This project is being completed through a partnership with Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Shell, Entergy Corporation, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and Restore America's Estuaries.

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