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Nicholls State University is continuing its partnership with the Port of South Louisiana. Together, the two hope to boost coastal restoration research at the Nicholls Farm.

The Port of South Louisiana recently donated $18,000 to the biology department for research at and maintenance of the Nicholls farm.

“This is something we take very seriously,” said Paul Aucoin, executive director of the port. “We are proud of the program here at Nicholls. I tell the students that I hope, because of their efforts, when they are my age, they will not be under water.”

“I just want to thank the Port of South Louisiana,” added Dr. Allyse Ferrara, an Endowed Professor of Environmental Biology at Nicholls. “We very much appreciate the partnership. It enables students a unique opportunity growing plants and planting them for restoration projects.”

The 277-acre Nicholls farm is located three miles from campus and it serves as an environmental research and education center for Nicholls and its other partners, such as the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and also the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

The farm includes a lab, a classroom, greenhouses, shade houses, storage barns, fields for research and a 7.5-acre pond for wetland plant production.

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