This publication inventories the functions and values of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary System at the interface of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, and it chronicles the serious plight of landscape deterioration facing its inhabitants. (PDF format only)
Louisiana accounts for 80 percent of the nation's coastal wetland loss. Simply put, a large proportion of Louisiana acreage is wetland. Much of the state's economy depends upon wetlands. Find information on causes of wetland loss, definitions of wetlands and wetland functions and values. (PDF format only)
Smooth cordgrass is a perennial grass native to intertidal saline marshes along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. It is important for coastal areas because it reduces coastal erosion. Smooth cordgrass stems reduce wave energy and build land. The roots stabilize existing land. Reducing coastal erosion is especially important in Louisiana because the state has the highest erosion rate in the continental United States. (PDF Format Only)
Large-scale commercial production of coastal plants is essential to provide plant material for coastal restoration projects. Over the past 30 years, numerous coastal plant producers have improved plant production methods based on their individual operations. To provide the large numbers of plants needed to reduce coastal erosion, however, significant scientific research is needed. (PDF format only)
The LSU AgCenter’s Coastal Plants Program is the only plant-breeding program in the nation developing improved native plant varieties for coastal restoration. Improved coastal plant restoration techniques, such as variety development, are needed to protect coastal communities from coastal erosion. The LSU AgCenter is using plant breeding, genomic and plant biotechnology techniques to develop improved plant varieties for coastal restoration.