The grants include several in support of environmental organizations, including a $100,000 award to the Barataria Terrebonne Estuary Foundation to help stem coastal land loss by restoring small isolated bay islands and the natural resources and wildlife that rely on them. Through the grant, the organization hopes to double the habitat area for nesting great egret, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, snowy egret, tricolored heron, laughing gulls, Least tern, Gull-billed tern, sandwich tern, royal tern, and other species native to the area.
The company also awarded $75,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation for its tree-planting program, which helps local residents save energy by planting the right trees in the right spots to effectively shade their homes; and $25,000 to St. Charles Parish in support of its efforts to develop Wetlands Watcher Park, which serves as a recreational outlet as well as a service-learning site for wetlands conservation and restoration in the region. The LaBranche Wetland Watchers program enables students from schools in the area to engage in science and learn about the various challenges facing wetlands in southeastern Louisiana.
The grants bring the total amount awarded by the foundation in 2011 to more than $3 million.