Cook-Off for the Coast brings together family fun, delicious food, and coastal restoration!
The Mississippi River Delta, which formed over thousands of years, is collapsing. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost about 1,900 square miles of land into open water. As the delta disappears, so does the critical wildlife habitat and natural protection it provides to coastal communities. Robust, large-scale restoration projects, along with coastal protection and community resilience measures, are our best solutions for reducing land loss, protecting our communities and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come. Coastal restoration is essential to protecting the diverse habitats of southern Louisiana. The bounty that our wetlands provide is connected to the way of life and culture that make this place so special.
Innovative control and management of invasive species supports coastal restoration efforts. Wild pigs are an invasive species that place additional stress on Louisiana’s coastline. They gravitate toward areas with water, cover and reliable sources of food—all of which are abundant along the Louisiana coast. The past two decades have brought a dramatic increase in the wild pig population. Wild pigs exacerbate coastal erosion and land loss through their rooting behavior, which damages vegetation and also restricts the spread of roots. In recent years, wild pigs have made inroads into wetlands areas where birds nest. Cook-Off for the Coast is celebration of our coast and a fun and tasty way to help create a stronger and more resilient future.
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