LSU Coastal Roots Program
Seedling Nursery Program for Habitat Restoration

What is Coastal Roots?

Students from 3rd grade through high school in south
Louisiana are taking part in this project by establishing
wetland plant nurseries at their schools. Students are
growing native plant seedlings that they will plant in a
coastal habitat restoration project in south Louisiana.
There are 40 schools across 18 parishes currently
participating in the LSU Coastal Roots Program.

Students are working with a variety of seeds,
including the Water Oak, Tupelo Gum,
Swamp Red Maple, Loblolly Pine, Nuttall Oak, and Longleaf Pine - just to name a few.

Congratulations to Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy Students

PFTSTA won $10K for New Orleans City Park Volunteer Department in the 2013 BreesDream Super Service Challenge! They won for their CR restoration planting of over 300 bald cypress and nuttall oak trees. Students tagged trees with QSM codes directing viewers to the Couturie Forest Virtual Field Trip Google site maintained by AP Environmental Science students. Other QSM codes direct viewers to Coastal Roots and Picture Post, a site maintained by the University of New Hampshire, that archives panoramic views and satellite images of the PFTSTA site.

To view PFTSTA's Picture Post, go to their Picture Post website. A Picture Post "is an 8-sided platform for taking repeat photographs of the entire landscape and an Up picture of the sky." In PFTSTA's case, they are taking pictures of their restoration site every few months and uploading them to the Picture Post website to record how their restoration trees grow and how their site changes over time.

To learn more, contact:

Dr. Pam Blanchard
LSU School of Education


Dr. Ed Bush
LSU School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences