LSU Coastal Roots Program
Seedling Nursery Program for Habitat Restoration

Helping Hands

There are many people who have worked to make the students in the LSU Coastal Roots Program successful. We appreciate their hard work and good will!

Thank you.....

Albert Cammon Middle! This past year has been a challenging year for the CR Program at Albert Cammon Middle. The lead teacher, Christie Williams, was away from school on an extended leave of absense. When the nursery needed tending, fellow staff at AC Middle pitched in in a BIG way to help out. Joyce Humphrey, Science Lab Monitor, and Mary Lamartiniere, School Office Specialist, organized and got the yard weeded and cleaned up. Mr. James (pictured at right) helped make sure that the irrigation system was operating and the yard stayed in good shape. We are so grateful for these three outstanding individuals for all the sweat equity and helpful hands they provided to keep the plants growing! Many thanks, Ms. Humphrey, Ms. Lamartieniere, and Mr. James!

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Dave Frye has been a big help taking care the beautiful crop of cypress trees at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School (Lake Charles, Calcaseiu Parish). When a leak was suspected in the irrigation system, the water had to be shut off until the leak could be identified. Mr. Frye helped keep the trees beautiful by hand watering them using water collected in the EDS rain barrel.

Also, a big thanks to Father Luke, who helped EDS students, Pam and Ann install the irrigation system at EDS last spring. He, too, keeps a watchful eye over EDS seedlings.

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Mrs. Tate at RK Smith Middle for fixing the timer and saving the trees in the canyard!

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Tommy Blanchard, Jr. for preparing the landscape timbers that are used to create the smooth cordgrass ponds for CR. He drilled the holes and aligned the rebar in the landscape timbers to make the installation easier.

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Liz Stein, the bus driver for St. James Science and Math Academy's restoration trip, helped distribute seedlings and materials to the nine students who participated in the trip. Those nine students, with Ms. Stein's and Mrs. Seeley's help, planted 300 trees on their restoration trip to Bayou Segnette State Park!

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Dr. Paul Wilson, LSU School of Plant, Environment, and Soil Sciences. We want to thank Dr. Paul Wilson for assisting Dr. Bush with the installation of the Belle Chasse Middle School can yard last spring. His efforts helped make the installation go smoothly!

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Dr. Allen Owings, the staff of the LSU AgCenter Research Station in Hammond, and the LA Nursery and Landscape Association. A huge thanks goes to Dr. Owings and the staff of the LSU AgCenter Research Station for their hospitality in hosting the 2008 CR Summer Institute. The facility is wonderful and its staff was very kind and welcoming.

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Rebecca Triche and the National Wildlife Federation. We are grateful to Rebecca Triche and the National Wildlife Federation for the donation of 20 bar dibbles to the LSU Coastal Roots Program. This donation almost doubles our number of dibbles and will enable us to schedule two plantings on the same day if necessary!

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Joey Breaux (Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry) and the South Brown Soil and Water Conservation District in South Dakota. We are grateful to Joey Breaux (Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry's Office of Soil & Water Conservation AND LA State Coordinator for Project WET) and the South Brown Soil and Water Conservation District for their donation of 400 bare root cypress seedlings that were used in the Coastal Roots volunteer planting for the National Conference of State Legislature's field trip on July 26, 2008.

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To learn more, contact:

Dr. Pam Blanchard
LSU College of Education
225.578.2297

 

Dr. Ed Bush
LSU College of Agriculture
225.578.1044