On April 8th volunteers are needed to clear invasive species and plant native marsh habitat all while engaging with the students in a meaningful way. Not only showing the importance of volunteering and restoration but interacting with them as a diverse group of young professionals. There will be roughly 50 students ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade working in the morning both on planting and clearing tasks.
Shifts: 8:30am – 12:30pm & 12:30pm – 4pm
Throughout the day drinks and snacks will be provided and between 12 and 1, lunch will be provided to all volunteers. We will definitely be in the mud so either bring knee booths, shrimp boots or old sneakers that you don't mind getting muddy and can be tied tight. A wide range of equipment will be available from partner groups, but any personal equipment you can bring with you would be very much appreciated. Ex: shovels (large or small), gloves, clippers, etc.
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Background of the program:
The Five Star and Urban Waters Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. The Water Institute of the Gulf and partners will restore 26 acres of suburban cypress wetlands along Bayou Grosse Tete in Rosedale, Louisiana with the help of volunteers. Project partners will be involved in clearing invasive plant species from the 26 acres, planting 200 native wetland trees and 1,080 native wetland grasses, as well as assessing water quality (and overall ecosystem condition) and establishing a sustainable water quality monitoring program for six new sites. The wetlands will be used as a ‘natural classroom’ educating 400 students during the project. Project partners include Plaquemine High School’s Starship Program, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Forum 35, LSU Agricultural Center, SU Agriculture Center and U.S. Forest Service.