Students plant trees for coastal protection

Bruce Schultz  |  2/10/2009 9:36:25 PM

Carolyn Croughan of Crowley, a senior at Episcopal School of Acadiana, secures a cypress tree planted in Vermilion Parish. Croughan came up with the idea of planting a tree for every $50 donated to the ESA teacher endowment fund. (Photo by Bruce Schultz. Click on photo for downloadable image.)

Students from the Episcopal School of Acadiana listen to a presentation by Pat Skinner, LSU AgCenter disaster programs coordinator, far right, on a coastal area in Vermilion Parish. The students planted oak and cypress trees on the area that had been flooded by storm surge from hurricanes Ike and Rita. (Photo by Bruce Schultz. Click on photo for downoladable image.)

News Release Distributed 02/10/09

PERRY, La. – High school and junior high students did their part to aid the coastline Feb. 6 by planting trees on coastal land in Vermilion Parish that was devastated by hurricanes Rita and Ike.

The students from Episcopal School of Acadiana planted a tree for every $50 donation to the school’s a teacher endowment fund.

The tree planting was coordinated by LSU AgCenter coastal specialist Mark Shirley.

In addition, Pat Skinner, the LSU AgCenter’s disaster programs coordinator, spoke to the students about building structures to withstand storms in the coastal area.

Brian Rhoades, a physical education teacher at the school, said student Carolyn Croughan of Crowley came up with the “Trees for Teachers” idea. She is the daughter of retired LSU AgCenter rice researcher Tim Croughan.

“It’s more than just coming out and planting trees,” Rhoades said. “For a lot of them, it’s the first time to see the damage of the flooding from the hurricanes.”

Carolyn Croughan said many of the trees were started from acorns produced by oaks at ESA almost three years ago.

“I’m very glad it’s taken off,” she said of the project.

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Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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