Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wetlands Preservation

From The Times-Picayune
St. Tammany Parish has received $1 million toward the acquisition and preservation of forested and wetlands property along Bayou Liberty.

The 22-acre parcel, located south of Interstate 12 and west of North Shore Boulevard, is a blackwater stream habitat that is "extremely rare" and "increasingly vulnerable to development," the parish wrote in its grant application.

Parish President Kevin Davis said in a statement that the preservation project is part of St. Tammany's ongoing effort to "preserve our existing wetlands and restore that which we have lost."

The Trust for Public Land acquired the land for $1.5 million on behalf of the parish in 2006, and the parish agreed to purchase the land from the Trust. St. Tammany will pay the balance of the funds through future grants and parish funds.

I know this bayou well, as it's right in my backyard. Part of it runs behind the
Slidell Trailhead of the Tammany Trace.

This is a small step towards the preservation of Louisiana wetlands, but I'm glad that this little piece is safe from development. For the longest time it seemed as if three acres of it was for sale behind the super Walmart on Northshore Boulevard. Thanks TPS and St. Tammany parish.

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