Tree Planting and Swamp Restoration
We are seeking volunteers who are looking to get their hands dirty and help us plant over 5,000 bald cypress and green ash trees throughout our beautiful Pontchartrain Basin! It is well known that forested swamp areas help absorb storm surges and stabilize land along our vanishing coastline. Restoring these essential habitats is one of the most effective ways you can help improve the resiliency of your community and bring biodiversity back to our wetlands!
When and Where
Date: Friday February 11th
Time: 9am - 3pm
Location: Violet Canal, parking behind Gaubert Oil Company
What to Expect
We will meet for 9am on the southside of Violet Canal behind Gaubert Oil Company. Take St. Bernard Highway towards Violet, LA. About 1 mile past Docville Farm, you will cross over Violet Canal. Just after crossing the canal turn left right before the Chevron gas station and drive back on the dirt road 100 yards through a gate to the parking area where Pontchartrain Conservancy staff will meet you. Volunteers will then pack themselves a lunch of sandwiches and snacks provided by the Pontchartrain Conservancy and gather by the banks of the canal. We will launch our boats from the northside of Violet Canal and pick up volunteers from the southside near the parking location. We will then boat about a mile down the canal to our planting site. After a quick discussion about the history of habitat loss in the area and a tree planting demonstration, we will trudge out into the marsh and plant our trees! We will finish up and have you back to your cars no later than 3pm. Please note that volunteers will be unable to leave early as we are taking boats out to the planting site.
*** Please note: This is messy work! We will all be soaked and covered in mud by the end of the day, but with big happy smiles on our faces! Please come prepared with clothing that can get wet and dirty, warm layers for the windy boat ride, a change of clothing for your drive home, and rubber boots or waiters (if you have them). We have some volunteer boots available, but old sneakers will work just fine since your feet will likely get wet regardless! ***
Register to Volunteer
Interested in volunteering for this event? Click the link below to register! From there you will be able to sign yourself up for one or multiple dates.