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Mar 18, 2013 9:18 AM by AP/CS

Groups hope to restore Raccoon Island

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A coalition of volunteers from around the country spent the week in Terrebonne Parish working to restore Raccoon Island with a new tool for rebuilding land.

The Courier reports the New York-based Restore the Earth Foundation partnered with San Francisco-based For the Bayou. Volunteers from AmeriCorps and other groups placed 4,000 land-building Gulf Saver bags on the island in just four days to help stabilize and restore it.

Gulf Saver bags are biodegradable sacks of soil mixed with nutrients that support, feed and protect planted native vegetation.

Raccoon Island, part of Terrebonne's Isle Dernieres barrier island chain, protects Terrebonne communities against storm surges. It is also host to a vibrant and diverse array of nesting shorebirds and hosts the largest brown pelican colony in Louisiana.

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