Wetlands Restoration Program

The Common Ground Relief Wetlands Restoration program was created to proactively address the dangers faced by New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region. We work to bring immediate attention to the ecological and political causes and effects of hurricanes and off-shore drilling. The goal is to shed light on where wetlands restoration needs to happen, determine who should be responsible for doing it and then do it ourselves wherever possible.

We are also dedicated to educating as many people as possible and engaging the community in the restoration effort. The wetlands play a critical role in protecting the coast from storm surge and our goal is to continue to work in solidarity with the people of the Gulf Coast.

We continue to advocate for the restoration of coastal areas imperiled by development and engineering projects that continue to erode precious land, endanger wildlife and threaten the livelihood of centuries old communities along the coast.

To meet these objectives we provide wetland planting opportunities for short term volunteers, convention groups and local civic organizations.

We have partnered with New Orleans based GroundworkNOLA to have students work on the installation of rain gardens and bioswales in commercial areas throughout the city. We also encourage the construction of these storm water retention systems in the landscaped areas surrounding our offices in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Education is the key to successful implementation of these systems. With GroundworkNOLA we have created the Green Team, a mentoring program for environmental science students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School, and other local high schools.

Save The Wetlands

Common Ground Relief Wetlands has operated a tree farm and nursery since March 2009. In January 2013 we acquired property in the Lower Ninth Ward to create a new bottomland tree farm and marsh grass collection. Thousands of trees are currently being grown for our planting projects for various federal and state agencies. The site contains our barn and Cabane Coypu, our interpretive center for area residents, as well as, citrus trees and a variety of climbing roses for residents to cut and enjoy. As part of this effort we are expanding our propagation of marsh grasses in addition to the bottomland hardwood trees we currently grow. Common Ground Relief also operates a marsh grass farm at Angola Penitentiary. This farm is part of a larger horticulture licensing course being offered to inmates through a program offered by Baton Rouge Community College.

We encourage college students and others from around the country who are interested in urban reforestation, watersheds and storm water plans to join us.

For information email or call 504.442.2314.