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Small Stuff #71: The Restorative Power of Plants, Power Tools and Laughter April 7, 2010

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Small stuff that I’m grateful for today: Getting to watch this…

…while I get to do this.

I love my job and I love gas-powered tools! Thanks, Boss!


Small Stuff #61: Planting a Harvest March 9, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Big Fun on the Bayou, Coastal Restoration, Friends.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Planting all 7,000 spartina plants!

Bonus: Playing at the beach after a hard days’ work!

For more pictures of our adventures, click here.

Small Stuff #60: Playing in the Mud March 8, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Coastal Restoration, Friends, Hurricanes.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Playing in the mud.

Bonus: The Refuge team from Northern Illinois University/Immanual Lutheran Church of DeKalb, along with students from Viterbo University and BTNEP, were able to harvest 7,000 marsh plants for a restoration planting tomorrow at the Maratime Ridge in Port Fourchon. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

For more images of our adventures at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Center in Galliano, LA, click here.

Keep Grand Isle Grand August 21, 2009

Posted by dianehuhn in Coastal Restoration, Photography, Travels.
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So last weekend I went to Grand Isle with my new co-worker in crime for a volunteer beach clean-up event sponsored by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program. While we were certainly excited to lend a helping hand and get away for a quick trip to the island, we were also on a fact-finding mission. Wendy and I are in the process of putting some new twists in the Bayou Grace volunteer program so I guess you could say we were on a mini working vacation of sorts. Aside from clean-up events such as this, we are also working on programming that would get local and out-of-state volunteers out in the marsh planting vegetation in our critical efforts to restore as much of the 2300+ square miles of land lost in coastal Louisiana since the 1930s. We’ve also got some pretty great ideas for building elevated gardens for elderly and disabled residents in our area and we are even hoping to be able to bring a number of community gardens to fruition.

More on all of this later, but for now go and check out Wendy’s story about the Grand Isle Beach Sweep, take a guess on what I’m doing in one of her excellent photographs and enter yourself in her contest for a chance to win a Community Coffee mug and enjoy this pic of the groovy cool new sign on the island. Oh, and have I told you lately how much I love my job!