Required boating education-course offerings and a vital restoration project needing volunteers headline the upcoming schedule.
Saturday is important for anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1984: If you’re in that age group, you need to successfully complete a state-approved safe boating course to legally operating a boat powered by an inboard/outboard engine larger the 10 horsepower in Louisiana.
From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at eight locations across the state, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding its second annual Boating Education Lagniappe Day. Since space is limited, LDWF folks are asking all interested to preregister.
Area sites and registration numbers are Cabela’s in Gonzales at (225) 765-2999, and St. Landry Lumber on North Railroad Avenue in Opelousas at (337) 948-0257.
Other course sites are Academy Sports & Outdoors in Kenner, Alexandria and West Monroe; Civic Centers in Larose and Lake Charles; and at the LDWF office in Minden.
There are no fees. Food and drink will be provided. Website registration is available: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday.
- The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, The Rainey Alliance and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are teaming to help restore the Christian Marsh west of Vermilion Bay near Abbeville. Volunteers are needed to lay in 40,000 plants, mostly marsh grasses, CRCL’s Scott Madere said.
Madere said volunteers will leave the Intracoastal City public boat launch, south of Abbeville and work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 14, 17, 18 and 19. Volunteers also are needed May 16 to transport marsh grasses to the project site. Madere said volunteers must register on the CRCL’s website: http://www.crcl.org.
He added that planting “is muddy work and is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required.”
Gloves, shovels, other planting equipment, lunch and refreshments will be provided. For details, call (888) LA-COAST (522-6278).