Volunteer Opportunities, Grants, Programs & Resources


Grand Isle State Park – Saturday June 25, 2011, 10 am- 3 pm
          The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the National Wildlife Federation invite you to participate in a marsh restoration project on the shoreline of Grand Isle State Park. This area provides essential protection for our inland communities and wetlands and was severely impacted by recent hurricanes and the 2010 oil spill. One thousand mangrove trees will be planted which will assist in stabilizing and capturing sand in the hopes of building dunes. In addition, the project will also create wildlife habitat, increase species diversity and provide a seed source for natural regeneration.
          All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.), sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Drinks and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Old tennis shoes or knee boots are recommended. Volunteers will be planting along the beach and into the marsh behind the island. Please be prepared to get wet and muddy. Comfortable clothes that can get dirty will be needed (a change of clothes and towel for the end of the day is also recommended).
          This restoration event is supported by National Wildlife Federation, Nicholls State University, and Grand Isle State Park. Register online at www.crcl.org or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information. For information: Coalition@crcl.org

Provide input to U.S. National Ocean Policy (Deadline: July 2)
          The National Ocean Council announced that the public will have 30 days to comment on the strategic action plan outlines http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/sap/ for each of the nine objectives in the National Ocean Policy. Writing teams composed of representatives from the National Ocean Council agencies developed these outlines to provide an initial view as to how federal agencies might address the priority objectives. They are preliminary documents that serve as an early and valuable point in the plan development process for focusing public and stakeholder input. We encourage you to submit comments http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/sap/comments and ideas by the deadline--July 2, 2011.



YSI Foundation "Minding the Planet" Grant Request for Proposals (Deadline: July 1)
          YSI Foundation is pleased to seek proposals for research projects that focus on data collection to assess changes in the environment. Research on quantifying change from artificial disasters (i.e. pollution), natural disasters (i.e. oil spills, flooding), or climate change (i.e. water acidification), and the use of environmental data to demonstrate the changes is preferred.
          This year the YSI Foundation will award two grants $25,000 to the first recipient selected by an Outside Selection Committee and $15,000 to the second recipient. Applications are due by Friday, July 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Only electronic applications will be accepted. All applications must be emailed to foundation@ysi.com by no later than this time. Previous individual recipients are not eligible.
Requirements Details and Documents
Contact for information and application submittal: Susan Miller, Foundation President – 937-657-1710 (cell) or smiller@ysi.com



NOAA NMFS MARFIN Southeast Region FFO Announcement (Deadline: July 18)
          The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Region, is seeking proposals under the Marine Fisheries Initiative Program (MARFIN), for research and development projects that optimize the use of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and off the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida involving the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial), including fishery biology, resource assessment, socioeconomic assessment, management and conservation, selected harvesting methods, and fish handling and processing. This program addresses NOAA's mission goal to "Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources Through an Ecosystem Approach to Management." See attachment for more information.



How Are Louisiana Wetlands Changed Over Time?
New Map Shows Losses and Gains Since 1932

          Coastal Louisiana has lost a wetland area the size of Delaware, equaling 1,883 square miles, over the past 78 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center study. Twenty-five percent of the wetland area present in 1932 was lost by 2010. The impacts on human populations, the oil and gas infrastructure, fisheries and wildlife will be considerable if coastal wetlands continue to disappear.
          The USGS National Wetlands Research Center has developed a new map that illustrates wetland losses and gains on the Louisiana coastline from 1932-2010. This product provides opportunities to better understand the timing and causes of wetland loss, which are critical for forecasting landscape changes in the future. This color-coded map can be found online. USGS provides science for a changing world. Visit USGS.gov, and follow us on Twitter @USGS and our other social media channels. Subscribe to our news releases via e-mail, RSS or Twitter. Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Information Exchange for Marine Educators – June 2011
          The attached document contains information that has been compiled from many different sources, including EE-NEWS@NAAEE, scuttlebutt, EEinGEORGIA, the Scout Report, and others. Contact the editor directly at phyllis.dermer@noaa.gov, or by phone at (865) 932-5074, to discuss further enhancements or to contribute information for future issues. For a PDFcopy of the current newsletter and archives of information from past issues of the Information Exchange for Marine Educators, go to http://mpa.gov/resources/education/#exchange. See attachment for more information.

Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) - New Products
          In 2003 the CWPPRA Task Force granted approval to the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the implementation of the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) in coastal Louisiana. CRMS was designed to assess the effectiveness of individual coastal restoration projects and the cumulative effects of multiple projects at regional and coastwide scales. Wetland monitoring data such as, hourly water level and salinity, plant species composition and cover, and soil elevation and accretion, are collected from 390 monitoring sites which are located in all marsh types and hydrologic basins.
          The CRMS Vegetation Analytical Team has developed a Floristic Quality Index for coastal Louisiana to determine the quality of a wetland based on its plant species composition and abundance. Two USGS series reports were recently released that describe the development of the FQI and how this index, along with other indices, can be used to assess wetland condition and evaluate restoration project effectiveness. A USGS factsheet and a USGS open-file report are available for download from the USGS Publications Warehouse (http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2011/3044/pdf/FS11-3044.pdf; http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1097/pdf/OF11-1097.pdf)