conservation

New Enviromental Group Starts In NELA

Jan 4, 2018
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The northeast corner of the State of Louisiana now has a chapter of Louisiana Master Naturalists, a statewide environmental education and conservation organization. The first quarterly meeting of 2018 is January 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

Chris Doffitt of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will speak to the group about the Louisiana Natural Areas Registry program. A business meeting will follow.

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K. Ouchley

Historians agree that the American president with the greatest conservation legacy was Theodore Roosevelt.  Among his many accomplishments in that arena was the protection of millions of acres that became units of the National Forest and National Park systems.  Additionally, he protected another group of lands and waters specifically for their wildlife values.  These became components of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Wilderness

Nov 6, 2017
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K. Ouchley

As a species we humans are infamous for behavior not conducive to our own long-term well-being.  Consider the frequency of wars, the unbridled depletion of earth's finite resources, and the "me now" attitude of our consumptive society.  There are, however, shining examples of far-sightedness in America, even in the halls of Congress.  A prime example is the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Conservation Ethics

Apr 17, 2017
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My boyhood in Louisiana was immersed in a culture where conservation ethic did not exist in the general populace.

The notion was that wildlife was there for the taking, not unlike blackberries or mayhaws in the swamp. As a carryover of attitude about natural resources since Europeans arrived in North America, it was a lingering remnant of 19th century arrogance defined as Manifest Destiny.

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K. Ouchley

When I began writing Bayou-Diversity programs more than 20 years ago, there was little talk of conservation issues in this region unless they threatened or enhanced hunting and fishing opportunities.  Especially as our population becomes more urban and insulated from the natural world, there seemed to be a need to provide basic information about native flora and fauna.  Even more important is the necessity to educate folks of matters that threaten our local ecosystems and often times us in the process.