CRCL Cypress Tree Nursery Planting & Oyster Shell Recycling Event: Volunteer Opportunity

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Cypress Tree Nursery Planting & Oyster Shell Recycling Event

CRCL Restoration Headquarters – Violet, LA

Saturday, December 10, 2022

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM


The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is excited to have you join us in Violet, LA! Launched in June 2014, CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program recycles shell from participating New Orleans-based restaurants and uses that shell to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across Coastal Louisiana. As a volunteer, you will help prepare the shell for future restoration. Volunteers will place the recycled shell into bags that will later be transported to oyster reef restoration sites. Volunteers will also help clean up our shell pile and remove trash and plastics as we bag. By helping prep the shell, volunteers will play a role in creating a new oyster reef that will allow for the growth of new oysters, create new fish habitat, and act as a wave break which will knock down storm surge and allow new land to build up behind the reef.

In addition to bagging oyster shells with the OSRP, volunteers will also be planting seeds in our brand-new cypress tree nursery through our Native Plants Program. Founded in 2000, CRCL’s Native Plants Program (NPP), formerly known as the Habitat Restoration Program, leads our efforts to restore Louisiana’s coastal habitats by engaging volunteers and stakeholders to be a part of the solution through tree and grass plantings. In the Spring of 2022, volunteers constructed nursery beds to grow cypress trees, and now that it is Winter, the beds are ready for seeds!

Important information:

  • Everyone must sign our release and waiver of rights upon registration.

  • Volunteer check-in will be from 8:30 am to 9:00 am.

  • You should receive a confirmation email after registering, if you do not, please email sofia.giordano@crcl.org.

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event. If it is the day before the event and you have not received details, check your spam folder, if not found, email sofia.giordano@crcl.org.

  • If you are interested in carpooling, please post to our carpool board. If you can offer a ride, please include the capacity of your vehicle, departure and return times, and where you are driving from. Please carpool at your own risk and discretion.

  • Please note the minimum age for volunteers is 14. No one under 14 will be allowed to participate in any capacity, sorry, no exceptions. Minors are required to have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Please note that moving shell can be a strenuous physical activity.

  • Snacks, lunch, and drinks will be provided to volunteers. All equipment will be provided (gloves, shovels, etc.).

  • Please bring a reusable water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes.

In an effort to reduce risks associated with in-person gatherings, volunteers are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test before and after all CRCL volunteer events. If you are experiencing any signs of illness, please stay home. CRCL will provide PPE, hand sanitizer, and handwashing stations for use throughout the event. For the safety of CRCL staff and volunteers, please contact CRCL immediately if you test positive following a volunteer event so that we can implement contact tracing protocol.

Volunteering on our coast is a wonderful way to spend a day and we would like to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have a great experience. We require that all volunteers please register to let us know if you plan to attend.

  • If any additional members of your family/friends are attending, then they must also register.

  • If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend, please notify us of your cancellation.

  • If the event registration is full, you can be added to a waiting list. Please email volunteers@crcl.org.

  • If you’d like to bring a group to volunteer, please let us know, and we’ll try our best to accommodate you.

For inquiries about any of the above, you can contact us at volunteers@crcl.org

Register here.

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Date

Dec 10 2022

Time

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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