LSU Coastal Roots, Boy Scouts to Help Restore Campground

11/03/2011 02:57 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Coastal Roots Program is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America Bogue Tuchenna District to aid in the restoration of Five Lakes Campground in Bush, La.


On May 26, a tornado destroyed hundreds of trees, devastating the campground. Five Lakes, owned by James “Jimbo” Stillwell, is utilized by Boy Scouts of America troops throughout the year.


LSU Coastal Roots has donated more than 700 swamp red maple and common persimmon tree saplings to be re-planted by Boy Scout troops during the annual Webelos Woods Camping Weekend on Sunday, Nov. 6. Eagle Scout Justin Magrath of Troop 111 from Mandeville, La., will lead the re-planting effort.


“Jimbo’s property suffered a horrible loss of hundreds of trees that day, and since he so generously donates the use of his 40 acres to our scouts on a daily basis, we are so grateful that we can now give back and ‘Do Our Best’ in helping our scouting friend,” said Dorothy Garcia, Bogue Tuchenna District Executive for Boy Scouts of America.


The Coastal Roots Program began in 2000 as an education outreach project for the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. In 2006, the Coastal Roots Program was transitioned into the LSU College of Education under the direction of Associate Professor Pam Blanchard, in partnership with the LSU School for Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences and the LSU AgCenter.


LSU Coastal Roots aims to conduct an ongoing school-based nursery program growing native plants, involve students in a hands-on habitat restoration planting and provide teachers and students with information on issues such as ecological stewardship, wetlands functions/values, wetland loss, habitat restoration and conservation, as well as basic horticulture skills.


Schools across 18 parishes participate in the program. LSU Coastal Roots has successfully planted more than 50,000 trees and includes more than 5,000 student participants.


“We are delighted to be able to donate these tree seedlings grown by Coastal Roots schools to the Boy Scouts and to Five Lakes Campground,” said Blanchard. “We are all working toward the same goal: to be stewards of our environment.”


For more information on LSU Coastal Roots, visit


The Bogue Tuchenna District in Southeast Louisiana is one of seven districts in the Istrouma Area Council. It serves Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing Crews in Washington Parish and Western and Northern St. Tammany Parish.


For more information about the Bogue Tuchenna District of Boy Scouts of America, visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011