A subsidiary of Baton Rouge-based Resource Environmental Solutions LLC will grow and supply native plants and trees for Restore the Earth Foundation’s coastal reforestation efforts under an agreement announced Monday.
Resource Environment has supplied native wetland plants since 2010 to the Ithaca, N.Y.-based not-for-profit’s Gulf Saver Bag program.
The Louisiana effort is a continuation of Restore the Earth’s large-scale reforestation initiatives. The foundation has reforested more than 30,000 acres along the Gulf Coast, planting 1.6 million trees native to the area. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency and Louisiana Natural Resources Conservation services, along with federal and matching corporate and private funds.
The plants and trees will come from Resource Environmental’s 640-acre nursery in Point Aux Chene.
“Louisiana’s 3 million acres of coastal ecosystems are vital to our economy and way of life; however, the health of these resources is in decline,” Resource Environmental Chief Executive Officer Elliott Boullion said in a news release. Louisiana’s wetlands provide habitat for more than 5 million migratory waterfowl each year and many endangered or threatened species, Boullion said. The collaboration with Restore the Earth directly supports healthy coastal ecosystems and a sustainable quality of Life for the state’s coastal residents.