EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
On February 2, 2013, EPA Region 6 participated in the 2nd Annual Wetlands Youth Summit. The event was hosted by the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center and was hosted to teach high school students what they can do as citizens to get involved with building a sustainable coast. The event included guest speakers from the Terrebonne Parish government, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and Louisiana State University. The students were also given a tour of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Center in Galliano, Louisiana where wetland plants are grown. The day culminated with a tour and bottomland forest tree planting on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. Trees for the event were donated by the National Football League (NFL) and the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee.
Marsh grasses are grown in an controlled environment and then transplanted to wetland areas. The students got hands-on experience planting the type of plants and grasses that would help maintain the wetlands in the area.
Some of the trees planted include live oak, cypress, and green ash.