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Golden Meadow Center

Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center

Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center established in 1989
Golden Meaddow Plant Materials Center
Staff Contact:
Garret Thomassie
PMC Manager
Curt J. Riche
Agronomist/Assistant Manager
Phone: (985) 475-5280
Fax: (985) 475-6545
438 Airport Rd.
Galliano, LA 70354
Phone: 985.475.5280
Fax: 985.475.6545
Louisiana is losing about 25 square miles of coastal wetlands to erosion every year. The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center provides plant solutions for the southern coastal zones of Louisiana and Mississippi. The Center has developed plants and new technology for the reestablishment and protection of coastal shorelines, dunes and marsh areas.
Louisiana Parishes served by the Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center
Map of Louisiana Parishes Served by Plant Materials Center
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  • Acadia
  • Ascension
  • Assumption
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • East Baton Rouge
  • Evangeline
  • Iberia
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafayette
  • Lafourche
  • Livingston
  • Orleans
  • Plaquemines
  • Pointe Coupee
  • St Bernard
  • St Charles
  • St James
  • St John
  • St Landry
  • St Martin
  • St Mary
  • St Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Terrebonne
  • Vermilion
  • West Baton Rouge
  • West Feliciana

PMC Publications - Marsh Notes

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Spring 2013 (PDF; 764 KB)

Winter 2013 (PDF; 432 KB)

Fall 2012 (PDF; 588 KB)

Summer 2012 (PDF; 459 KB)

Progress Reports

Newspaper Articles

USDA/NRCS distributes plants to nursery growers (PDF; 384 KB) - The Lafourche Gazette, July 31, 2011

Groups across the nation assist NRCS's Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center (PDF; 596 KB) - The Lafourche Gazette, July 31, 2011

Upcoming Golden Meadow PMC Studies

Inland Saltgrass Study
Inland Saltgrass Study Area

The PMC will begin an evaluation of Inland Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata) with emphasis on seed propagation rather than traditional vegetative propagations for coastal restoration in the fall of 2011. Currently, we possess 22 accessions of Inland Saltgrass collected from a majority of coastal parishes across Louisiana. Partners will assist with the efforts of collecting additional sources for purposes of the representation of all coastal parishes to be collected and evaluated in the assembly. Additionally, the Plant Materials program will coordinate collections of vegetative genotypes from populations along the southeastern Texas coast in 2011 late summer and early fall. All new collections will be included with the existing 22 accessions before being permanently transplanted into the field.

Plants for Gulf of Mexico Coastal Restoration

The Gulf Coast of the United States comprises the coastal states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The lands adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico are made up of marshlands, bays, barrier islands, peninsulas, and are intersected by numerous rivers and streams that enter the gulf. Soils range from mineral sands to heavy organic mucks common to areas adjacent to the Mississippi river delta. The area contains a vast diversity of plant life adapted to freshwater, brackish, and saline marshes and mangrove swamps, as well as terrestrial species that grow on upland sites associated with coastal dunes and barrier islands. For more information...

Species Collection Guides

The following links are a list of 2011-2013 species description guides from the Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center. These documents require Adobe Acrobat.

For more information on a particular plant species please visit the Plants Database.

If your parish is serviced by multiple plant materials centers please look at the other Center's page for more information about plant collections needed in your area.