Daily Comet: Wetlands advocacy group disbands after nearly 2 decades

America’s Wetland says it helped harness more than 70,000 volunteer hours in cooperation with AmeriCorps. Its projects included one that bolstered the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway in Lafourche Parish to slow erosion and increase waterfowl habitat. Last year, the group helped sponsor a three-part project that planted more than 30,000 trees to help restore a historic cypress forest in the state-owned Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area. The trees will help hold together about 100 acres of wetlands battered by saltwater intrusion and erosion.

Most recently, the foundation began work on a system that will certify communities that have taken concrete steps to reduce the effects of rising seas associated with climate change.

“It is gratifying to reach this milestone and sunset,” said foundation Managing Director Val Marmillion, a Houma native. “AWF can conclude its work by offering hope and confidence to those who will prepare coastal communities for future generations. …

“We have always known that the path to right the wrongs that have caused coastal land loss and climate change, resulting in sea level rise, must include treating Mother Nature with a kinder hand. … The hard work ahead will require the disruption of old ways and the embracing of an era that values our natural resources and the innovation to meet the biggest challenge of our lives.”

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