Earth Team Volunteers Help To Restore Coastal Louisiana
For two days of hot and smoldering weather, NRCS employees and Earth Team Volunteers set out to participate in a marsh restoration project at Rockefeller Refuge in Southwest Louisiana. The refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, has been impacted heavily by erosion and has lost nearly 10,000 acres of wetlands.
NRCS worked “hand-in-hand” with several partners, sponsors and volunteers from Louisiana to plant 10,500 plugs of smooth cordgrass (spartina alterniflora) by hand along the shorelines within the refuge. The cordgrass acts as a buffer to prevent erosion and also absorbs wave energy. The planting at Rockefeller Refuge was a huge success.
Earth Team Volunteer, Cheyanne Cook, says, “It was definitely a different experience-very rewarding. I felt accomplished like I had made a change.” The volunteers reached their goal by planting 10,500 plugs of cordgrass in two days. This effort proves that Louisiana Earth Team volunteers are working together to make a difference.