WWL Radio: 150 acres of Terrebonne wetland restored in time for Earth Day

35,000 cypress trees planted with help of America’s Wetland Foundation volunteers

Just in time for Earth Day, America’s Wetland Foundation has finished a big restoration project in Terrebonne Parish.

“We have Earth Day every day because we’re suffering from coastal land loss,” said AWF managing director Val Marmillion. “We’ve restored 150 acres of wetlands by planting 35,000 bald cypress trees.”

They did it with the help of 160 volunteers, money from Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), and global energy producer, BHP, and a mesh made of recycled plastic. Marmillion says they usually try and keep plastic out of the wetlands, so this is pretty innovative.

“When we use it for a project to hold the soil together and then hold the roots into the soil, we then come up with a plan that’s a win-win-win for everybody,” he said.

Marmillion says it shows what they can do with a little determination, and $3.4 million.

“We reduce the risk when we do these demonstration projects to show that people can invest some money in these projects and they can be very successful in the short term.”

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