Nov 25, 2009 5:52 PM by sleonard
Since 2000 the LSU Coastal Roots program has educated over 3500 students on why and how our coastal ecosystems need to be protected.
Students from Lafayette Middle Environmental Science academy took the first of two trips to collect a special seed.
The Mangrove, or Propugoles, seeds are brought back to class so the students can begin the rooting process, which takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Weather conditions, existing plants and wildlife are recorded for research and future science projects.
The Mangrove seeds root well on their own but the success rate is no where near as high when the students get involved.
By the year 2040 an additional 800 thousand acres of wetlands will disappear and the shoreline will advance inland 33 miles. This project, slow and even, has stopped the coastal loss.
Students will return to the island to witness what their work has done.
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