National Defense Industrial Association to Participate in Wetlands Restoration Project in New Orleans, LA

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Delegates attending NDIA’s Environment, Energy Security & Sustainability (E2S2) Symposium & Exhibition will volunteer their time May 21.

E2S2 2012: “Government & Industry Partnerships: Addressing the Challenges of Our Resource-Constrained Times”

During E2S2 2011, volunteers planted 625 trees at Bayou Sauvage, restoring an area that lost almost its entire tree canopy due to the saltwater flooding during Hurricane Katrina.

NDIA has partnered with Common Ground Relief for the second year in order to provide a volunteer opportunity for attendees and exhibitors at its Environment & Energy Security Division’s annual meeting, E2S2.

E2S2 provides military engineers, Department of Defense (DoD) industry contractors, and DoD leadership an opportunity to share ideas on how to improve energy, environmental and sustainability management throughout the military services and federal agencies.

During E2S2 2011, volunteers planted 625 trees (22,500 square feet) at Bayou Sauvage, restoring an area that lost almost its entire tree canopy due to the saltwater flooding during Hurricane Katrina.

In 2012, E2S2 delegates will participate in a project in the wetlands of either Bayou Sauvage, the Bonnet Carre Spillway, Bayou Folse, or Bayou Bienvenu.

“Common Ground Relief is excited to work with the National Defense Industrial Association again this year," said the wetlands restoration project coordinator at Common Ground Relief. "We can't possibly make strides in taking back Louisiana's coast without the help of such motivated partners. We are confident our endeavors this year will only be more successful!”

Common Ground Relief is a community-initiated volunteer organization that provides short-term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long-term support in rebuilding the communities effected in the New Orleans area. Their Wetlands Restoration program strives to rebuild the destroyed buffer of wetlands of coastal Louisiana and create awareness of its historic importance to local residents. They have established a tree farm to grow hardwood trees and grasses for wetlands plantings and landscape plants for the yards of returning residents, and have partnered with the Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc. to restore oil-ravaged areas along the Gulf Coast through its Gulf Saver Bag Program.

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About NDIA:
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

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