April 2008 Newsletter

LAST CHANCE to Vote for America’s WETLAND

March 31 is the last chance to vote for America’s WETLAND. Luzianne Coffee will donate $50,000 to charities chosen by online voters. In their mission to make the world ‘less bitter,’ they have nominated six charities, including America’s WETLAND.

Annual Youth Wetlands Week: March 31 to April 4
Students ‘Keep Eye on the Prize’

The 2008 Youth Wetlands Week is shaping up to be a huge success. More than 900 teachers in 53 parishes have signed up to incorporate wetland awareness in their lessons.

Over 55,000 students from across Louisiana will participate in Youth Wetlands Week from March 31 to April 4. This year’s Youth Wetland’s Week will also include the “Keep Your Eye on the Prize” Art, Photo, and Essay Contest. Open to Louisiana students in grades 4-12, the contest encourages the state’s youth to use their imaginations to help save the wetlands. Contest winners will receive $500 to host a wetland restoration project for their schools. To enter or for more information about Keep Your Eye on the Prize, please click here.

For participating teachers, the Youth Wetlands Week curriculum presents a wide variety of options for students across the state to learn more about the importance of the wetlands. Teachers who signed up to participate in Youth Wetlands Week received a comprehensive curriculum binder developed by the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, America’s WETLAND Conservation Corps, and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. At schools across the state, America’s WETLAND Conservation Corps members will help teachers lead activities inside and outside of the classroom.

Holly Clegg Helps Highlight Land Loss in America’s WETLAND

The America’s WETLAND Foundation will benefit from the sale of the newest cookbook in Holly Clegg’s successful series, Trim & Terrific: America’s Gulf Coast Favorites Cookbook. The new cookbook contains over 300 delicious and healthy Gulf Coast favorites, as well as information about the unique landscape, history, and culture of America’s WETLAND and will be printed in September.

Westin Becomes Official AW Hotel

The America’s WETLAND Foundation has added to its list of partners by naming the Westin Hotel Canal Place the “Official Hotel” of the Foundation. For years, AW and Westin have worked together, and this step marks an important milestone for both. In addition to proudly flying the AW flag at its Canal Place location, the hotel will feature the recognizable AW logo on Westin promotions and marketing materials.

Disaster Education and Research at UNO

In the aftermath of Katrina, New Orleans continues to meet unprecedented challenges never before faced by an American city. The University of New Orleans is offering graduate programs to address these unique urban challenges, and the America’s WETLAND Campaign encourages our supporters to get involved.

Recent Events:

Hurricane Happening

On March 9, kids from Baton Rouge enjoyed more that the usual visit to the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum downtown. They encountered Pierre the Pelican, Captain Eddy the Eagle, Reed the Alligator, and other members of the America’s WETLAND Foundation all-star cast of Estuarians. The fun was also educational with an obstacle course focusing on the Louisiana Black Bear’s habitat, an activity integrating math and science, an exhibit illustrating hurricane-related concepts, the American Red Cross family-preparedness exhibit, an EBR Parish Library exhibit, a guest speaker on coastal wetland protection, and more!

Upcoming Events:

AWCC Tree Planting in Calcasieu Parish

This Thursday, March 27, the America’s WETLAND Conservation Corps is joining 4-H to host a tree planting to restore the more than 700 trees destroyed in Nibblet’s Bluff Park by Hurricane Rita. Please plan to meet at the LSU AgCenter in Lake Charles at 1:00 p.m. The address is 7101 Gulf Highway just south of Burton Coliseum. After a brief training session, volunteers will caravan to the park. I

61st Annual Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and ‘Fishtival

On March 29, bring the kids to the 61st annual Fishtival to meet the Estuarians. Back from a two-year hiatus after the hurricane, the Fishtival will offer a Fishing Rodeo from 5 am to 11 am. Additionally, it will host a relaxing and educational community event to attract anyone interested in learning about fishing and the environment. The event, great for the entire family, will begin in New Orleans City Park at 9 am.

Gulf Coast National Conference Sponsored by NIMSAT

National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) is hosting a conference to address the Gulf Coast’s critical assets and infrastructures that impact our nation’s security and economy. Key issues and practical solutions will be presented and discussed by industry’s most informed stakeholders and government’s top decision makers. Speakers include Senator Mary Landrieu and James Lee Witt.