SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA invites the public for the 2nd Annual Nutria Rodeo at the Larose Regional Park in Larose, LA, on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, from 2 PM to 7 PM. SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA is hostingthe rodeo once again in order to continue raising awareness of invasive species in South Louisiana. The hunting/fishing categories include the following invasive species: nutria, Asian carp, feral swine, and apple snails. Scales will open at 2 PM and will close at 5 PM; awards will follow at 6:30 PM. The event is free to attend, but tickets are required to enter invasive species into the rodeo. Ticket cost is $20 (meal included) and must be purchased prior to March 23rd. Tickets, t-‐shirts, and more information will be available at http://www.sassafrasla.org. Nutria have damaged between 6,000 and 10,000 acres of coastal marsh each year since 1998. (nutria.com) Without continuing to control nutria populations in southern Louisiana, the nutria will destroy vital marsh for years to come. In general, invasive species steal resources from native plants and animals, and they threaten a region’s ecology, economy, and human health. Thus, the aim of the 2nd Annual Nutria Rodeo is to control nutria and other invasive species in a creative way. Aaron Guidry, treasurer of SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA and freshman at Nicholls State University, first presented the idea to the organization as a final product for his senior project at South Lafourche High School. “My senior project was about invasive species in southern Louisiana, and each project must have a ‘final product’ to showcase what you have learned from all f your research and networking,” said Guidry. “When I asked for feedback about hosting the nutria rodeo…the executive team, my friends, and even my teacher laughed at the idea. No one thought it was possible to make it happen.” Numerous nutria and feral hogs were collected, and 400+ people attended the Inaugural Nutria Rodeo. Co- ‐founder Caroline Guidry said, “Even though the Nutria Rodeo began as a flight of fancy, SASSAFRAS LA turned it into a meaningful event. I’m proud of the work we did, and I’m excited for what’s to come. Rumor has it that there will be nutria spaghetti.” The public is invited to join SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA for Cajun cuisine, live music, informative booths, exhibits, and demonstrations on how to prepare and cook dishes using the invasive species featured at the rodeo. If interested in having an exhibit, please contact us as soon as possible. SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA, Inc. is a non-‐profit youth organization actively working to bring the youth together in the restoration and preservation of the great state we love, Louisiana. Originally, ASSAFRAS LA began in response to the BP oil disaster. Recently established as a non-‐profit organization, SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA is co-‐founded by Alex Naquin and Caroline Guidry. Along with the founders, Olivia Bourgeois, Aaron Guidry, and Ronnie Collins make up the executive board. Founders and board members are seniors at South Lafourche High School in Galliano, LA, and Aaron Guidry is a freshman at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. For more information on SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA, please visit http://www.sassafrasla.org, or check us out at http://www.facebook.com/sassafras.la. If interested in helping to restore and preserve Louisiana’s fragile coast, becoming a SASSAFRAS LOUISIANA member is the perfect way to stay informed and active in coastal restoration. Membership will officially open at the rodeo!