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 whenever possible.

We are also dedicated to educating as many people as possible and engaging the community in the restoration effort - our K-12 environmental programming in local schools and our wetlands planting projects for short term volunteers, local civic groups and conventioneers help us accomplish this goal. 40% of US coastal wetlands are in Louisiana and 90% of coastal wetlands loss is in Louisiana - one acre every 30 minutes. We advocate for the restoration of imperiled coastal areas in order to preserve precious land, protect endangered wildlife and preserve the livelihood of residents in centuries old communities along the Gulf Coast.

Participants in our Wetlands Programming learn about the following:

  • Coastal Land Loss
  • Protection & Engagement of Marginalized Communities
  • Sound Building Practices for Home Construction and On-site Stormwater Management
  • Re-settlement Issues Due to Tribal Land Loss
  • Psychological Value of Trees
  • Habitat Restoration for Migrating Birds

Save The Wetlands

Common Ground Relief Wetlands LLC has operated a tree farm and plant nursery since March 2009. Our new state licensed nursery facility is located in the Lower Ninth Ward, several blocks from our offices and short term volunteer housing facility. We grow thousands of bottomland hardwood trees for our planting projects for various parish, state and federal agencies. The site contains our barn and Cabane Coypu, our wetlands interpretive center for area residents, as well as, citrus trees and a variety of drought resistant climbing roses for residents to cut and enjoy. 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 being taught by Baton Rouge Community College.

We encourage college students and others from around the country who have an interest in coastal restoration, coastal engineering, urban reforestation, water shed creation, storm water management, cultural anthropology or those who just want to get out on the water in canoes and airboats to join us.

For information email wetlands@commongroundrelief.org or leave a message at 504.442.2314. Your messages are transcribed and emailed to us.