Gulf Coast Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking locations in Calcasieu and Cameron Parish that need small scale (10,000 plants and under) Vegetative work to reinforce land and protect areas from tidal, rain, or wind erosion. Projects will be completed in years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Areas can consist of Bays, Lakes, Rivers, Canals, Channels, Beaches, Levees, and Terraces. Please email your site proposal to Andrea.Gorum@la.nacdnet.net with a paragraph site description, contact information, and attached location and area maps.
The CPRA/LDAF/NRCS/OSWC Multi-Year Vegetative Planting Program is aimed at developing new and innovative methods of preventing, reducing, or reversing coastal erosion primarily through the use of native marsh plants. This program is funded by Louisiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Coastal Restoration Division. United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) <http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/> provides technical guidance. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Soil and Water Conservation Committee (SWCC) <http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/> hires vegetative project managers to oversee planning, installing, and monitoring of the projects. The local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) implement the projects.
Gulf Coast SWCD has been involved in the DNR/NRCS/SWCC Multi-Year Vegetative Planting Program since 1988. Over the last 5 years, an average of 66,370 feet, or 12.6 miles of vegetation has been planted each year by Gulf Coast SWCD in Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes. The majority of these projects are implemented on private property after the district has been approached about erosion on resource problems. The methods of marsh restoration used by this program can be highly effective and can offer an affordable solution to resource concerns for landowners.