CRCL Coastal Stewardship Awards — 31 Comments

  1. Woohoo!! What a wonderful recognition, and so well-deserved! Especially as you are able to get kids thinking about these issues: it means they will take this awareness forward into the future.

    Bet your family are SOOO proud of you too! Big hugs from over here :-)))) xxxx

    • Yes, they are proud, as are my close friends! I’m trying to ride this high for as long as possible!!!

  2. congratulations to you. What a great award. So wonderful to see you receive something you have truly earned. I am mighty proud of you for the work you do. Bill

  3. Congratulations! It is so wonderful to receive recognition for the work of your hands and to know that it has impacted so many others. Blessings to the teacher who saw the value of your book and used it to influence other generations. As a former teacher I complement you both on making a difference in environmental issues.

    • So true about the teacher!!! I’m so grateful to her for caring enough to teach these issues to her students!

  4. you may not have the “Dr.” in front of your name but you have something more astonishing and that’s “CAPTAIN” I, like the rest of us that know you, are so very very proud of you, what a great honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award. I’m so grateful Amy bought me your book when she did. Now I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to find it!!! We need more advocates for our environment, wetlands and wildlife. On behalf of all the water fowl, woodland creatures, swamps, and trees THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE and please continue to keep saving the wetlands. Again, Congratulations!

    • Thank you, Sharon, and I will continue to do everything I can! And hopefully some new endeavors along the way.

    • I miss you, too, Kim, although our time was brief. I hope you can return one day and ride back out to the swamp with me!

  5. Wow! Congratulations!!! I love that you got a binder full of letters from kids. Kid can hit you straight in the heart with their honesty and sincerity. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years that we have known each other. You really are making a difference in the wetlands with all that you do. Keep working from your heart!

    • This year marks 11 years since we met, Kim, at the Paddle Bayou Lafourche in Nov. 2004, when my book was just a galley proof. It took great courage for me to show it to you and ask for your opinion, but it was pre-destined to be! How did I know you were such a wetland advocate??? Thanks again for being my friend all these years!

  6. I am sure that you are very deserving of this great award. I, too, love the bayous and the beauty of our land. Thank you for the great work that you do in helping to protect this land.

    Kathleen Cuneo

    • Hi Ms. Kathleen, it is great to here from someone who lives nearby. I will continue to do all that I can to bring awareness to our beautiful parish. Thank you for all you’ve done keeping your area clean and safe, too!

  7. Congratulations! I will broadcast it all over Cocodrie. You deserve every award because you educate so many people on the wetlands. Take Care!!

    • Thank you, Etta! Kay and I were hoping to go down this Friday evening and Sat. morning to take photos for you, but looks like we might get rained out.

  8. This is very exciting to hear. Your hard work has really paid off with this award. Congratulations! Keep up the good work educating the public. I just wish more people on the Federal Gov. level read your blog or Facebook page. Maybe then some resources for restoration would become available.

    • I’m just one little peon in the grand scheme of things, Steffi. I wish the same things, though! Thanks so much!

  9. Wendy. I’m not sure what to say about your beautiful, kind, sincere words. Who would have thought that the cypiere and LaLoutre would resonate memories of my childhood spent walking Sabine pass, Grand Isle, Goose Point amongst others? Your book a timeless piece dedicated to our Coast. You and Janet nor myself may not hold PhDs but we CARE! CARING FOR OUR COAST IS THE ONLY WAY FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL KNOW OUR COAST! On behalf of the Board of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana may I say a heartfelt Congratulations and now call on all your readers to stand up and be the new voice for advocacy. We cannot change what we do not stand up for. Words are no longer enough. And may I add I’m honored to call you and Janet my friends!

  10. Avast! This is wonderful news – and mightily well deserved!
    The QM & I and Pyrates everywhere raise a tankard and salute ye for all ye do to educate, preserve, restore, renew and share the beauty o’ the Louisiana Bayou country! Making folks aware o’ the importance o’ wetlands everywhere, encouraging them to take an active part in their restoration & preservation.
    We are grateful for yer friendship, support and the adventures ye share with us…proud to be yer mates and to have ye as an important part o’ our Crew!

    …and Ms. Polly Glover, we salute ye too – and all Educators who love their calling and continue to share their knowledge, that we may all benefit from it.

  11. Congratulations on your award ! And thanks for your great efforts to preserve our coasts & wetlands ! Love your site ;
    I love fishing n don’t get to do much anymore, so reading about it is almost as good . Keep up the great work !

    • Thanks so much, Jo. Sorry you can’t fish much any more. I know you miss it! You can continue to do so vicariously through us! So I better get back on that water soon! BW

  12. What a wonderful, well-deserved moment of recognition. One of the thing that occurs to me is the way our “work” can keep right on working, even when we think it lies in the past.

    It’s also a reminder that there is a role for real books in these cyber-crazy days. It’s important to have something that can be passed from hand to hand, picked up, carried about. Another bit of proof is that binder of letters from the kids. If they had sent you emails instead, it wouldn’t have been the same. I still have a letter from two of my students in my sailing scrapbook. Those are the sort of treasures that never lose their lustre.

    Carry on! Who knows what the next decade with bring? Or Lake De Cade, for that matter!

    • So right you are, Linda. No matter how tight the budget was, I always managed to add to the children’s home library, because no matter how bad things get, one can ALWAYS refer to a book for inspiration, knowledge, instruction, and guidance. Books are my treasures and always will be! (I love the pun!)

  13. Hey everybody, I just updated the Press and Media page with a few new article links under the “About Bayou Woman” section. One about the award and another about the 5th year anniversary of the oil spill and then ongoing wetland loss. Enjoy!

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