St. Bernard Parish Government and its partners completed the parish’s second annual black mangrove planting on April 20th. The program is sponsored by St. Bernard Parish Government; Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation; Lake Eugenie Land and Development, Incorporated; Orvis; the American Fly Fishing Trade Association; Low Tide Charters; Anglers Benefitting Louisiana’s Estuaries; and Nicholls State University. Other program partners include Chalmette High School; the LSU Ag Center; Louisiana Sea Grant; the Meraux Foundation; and the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The black mangroves planted this year were raised in the Chalmette High School’s greenhouse by faculty, staff, and students since November 2016. However, this year’s event marked the first time Chalmette High School students were also able to participate in the planting. A total of over 2,200 black mangroves have been planted in the Biloxi Marsh since the program began, and there are currently 1,500 black mangroves being raised in the Chalmette High School greenhouse in preparation for the 2019 planting. An additional 1,500 black mangrove propagules will be collected and potted later this year in preparation for the 2020 planting.