Saving the Coast, One Plant at a Time

Two weeks ago GRN led a group of twelve Tulane service learners out to a beach restoration project put together by the folks at Bayou Lands, LSU Agricultural Center, City Park, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.Shovels in hand, we took off to the beaches of Elmer’s Island, one of Louisiana’s barrier islands that was greatly impacted by the BP disaster. As we drove by bare dunes and rows upon rows of potted marsh hay we knew that this would not be just another day at the beach.In our six hours together we were able to sow 2026 individual native plants including bitter panicum, marsh hay, and gulf bluestem. We covered three different areas of the beach that were in desperate need. These new plants will help protect the island from erosion and ensure that it can remain a habitable place for many Gulf species for the future. Check out our photos from the project below!Ayn is GRN’s Campaign Assistant

Scroll to Top