by guest blogger Laton Palmer, All Souls Congregant (2nd from right)
Picture: All Souls congregants at the Louisiana Nature Center prepare to get muddy!
At 8:45 this morning, twenty one All Souls congregants headed out to help restore the wetlands at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. According to the Audubon Institute, "Louisiana wetlands are disapperaing at an alarming rate." (see an article about the damage to the center here: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/hey-blake-what-happened-to-the-lo...)
On this cool, sunny, Louisiana morning, we did our small part to help. We chopped, pulled, and wrestled invasive tallow out of the earth to make room for native species--like oak and cypress--to thrive. These wetlands are the country's only urban, bottomland, hardwood forest. After a short lunch break, we will continue more of this fun, productive work.
Below: Hair up, Putting on bug spray, sunscreen, and rubber boots in preparation for the wetlands.