Harvesting seeds to save coastDec 15th, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: community
Project Pelican is on the move again. On November 28, 2010, Project Pelican, a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c) (3) coastal restoration organization based in Plaquemines Parish, lead its fifth trip to Grand Isle to harvest Black Mangrove seeds. Joining them this year were Frank and Patricia Ranatza, Rhonda R. Miller, and members of Boy Scout Troop 106 (Jonas Ranatza, Zachary Ranatza, and Johnathon Scheidt). The seeds they collected will be nurtured and grown in Plaquemines Parish, and the adult trees will be planted in our coastal marshes. As one of the few saltwater-tolerant tree species, Black Mangroves have tremendous potential to help fight both erosion and marsh subsidence. Along with growing marsh grass and several species of trees to re-forest freshwater areas, Project Pelican has been quietly working for over four years.
Formed in 2006 to help rebuild America’s wetlands through education and action, Project Pelican has a broad vision and bold mission. They believe that America’s coastal wetlands are a vital natural resource that must be protected, preserved, and enhanced as cultural and ecological treasurers. These swamps and marshes will again provide an expanding habitat for wildlife, an effective barrier against hurricane storm surges, and a growing landscape for people to explore and enjoy. Their mission states that they will educate all Americans on the importance of our coastal wetlands and reverse the loss of this vital ecosystem in Plaquemines Parish and across our nation. Though many surely agree with these ideas, what can we as individuals do?
Though the task seems truly daunting, every great journey starts with small steps in the right direction. Government undoubtedly has a significant roll to play, but we simply cannot work at their pace. We as citizens have a solemn responsibility to speak-up, educate others, and get personally involved. Accordingly Project Pelican asks all those willing to support the work of coastal restoration in Plaquemines Parish and across our nation to contact Mike Mariana, President of the organization, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your donations of a bit of time or treasure will join those of other generous individuals, groups, and organizations who have already gotten involved. Whether you can help with a small individual gift, a modest monthly contribution, or a significant endowment, all funds work to help rebuild our coastal wetlands. Please step-up and get involved.