Via TriplePundit.com: Louisiana Wetlands Restoration Project Offers Corporate Investors a Social Return

A Sea Grant College Program group from Louisiana State University pulls discarded crab traps from the water in Pointe aux Chenes.

A Sea Grant College Program group from Louisiana State University pulls discarded crab traps from the water in Pointe aux Chenes.

The US BCSD and Restore the Earth Foundation’s Strategic Alliance for landscape-scale restoration and a $1 million Collaborative Fund was recently highlighted in Triple Pundit.

Travel in Pointe aux Chenes, a 35,000-acre swampy marshland southwest of New Orleans, is difficult. The 680 members of the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe who call it home historically used canoes carved from native bald cypress trees – a species often compared in size and majesty to California’s redwood. Today the wetlands’s acreage is more likely to be traversed on motorboat by hunters seeking waterfowl, mink, nutria, muskrat, and Inland saltwater fish species like crabs and shrimp. That is, if they can find them, as the district’s natural resources have been under attack for years. Read more...

The project calls for $1 million in funding to restore an initial 1,000 acres at the Pointe aux Chenes Wildlife Management Area, which is owned and managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Learn more about our work in Louisiana here.

Daniel Kietzer