Local Boy Scouts raising funds for Atchafalaya Basin
March 5, 2013 theadvertiser.com
Brice Nepveux spent five days paddling 65 miles through the Atchafalaya Basin last summer, traveling south from Bayou Courtableau to Myette Pointe.
Nepveux, five other Boy Scouts from the Evangeline Area Council, three adult leaders and a guide spent four nights in the Basin, taking shelter on a houseboat and in tents after canoeing between massive cypress trees as part of a pilot trek.
They blazed the trail for 150 Scouts from across the country who will make the same trip this summer as part of a new high-adventure program. Scouting officials hope the program will instill Louisiana pride in local Scouts and introduce the Atchafalaya Basin to new adventurers.
To read more about the program, check out the article at theadvertiser.com
National Park Service/National Geographic BioBlitz at Jean Lafitte
NPS has partnered with the National Geographic Society (NGS) to host one high profile BioBlitz per year in an NPS unit for the ten years leading up the 2016 NPS Centennial. The BioBlitz is a two day event centering around a 24-hour inventory effort that engages local communities, schools, park visitors, and scientists in joint species discovery and documentation. To date, these BioBlitzes have taken place at Rock Creek Park (2007), Santa Monica Mountains NRA (2008), Indiana Dunes NL (2009), Biscayne NP (2010), Saguaro NP (2011), Rocky Mountain NP (2012). The 2013 event will take place at Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve on May 17-18. If you would like to exhibit, visit the BioBlitz website by February 14, 2013.
LA Natural Resources Symposium
The Louisiana State University School of Renewable Natural Resources will host the 4th Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium on August 1-2, 2013 at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU Campus. The theme of 2013 symposium will be impacts of human and natural disasters on forested and wetland ecosystems and wildlife. The symposium is the premiere natural resources outreach event of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources. The 2013 symposium will feature presentations from leading international experts covering contemporary issues related to controlled burns and wildfires, hurricanes, and forest management impacts on wildlife populations and species diversity. Speakers will also address the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on Louisiana wildlife, fires on natural ecosystems, the role of fire in longleaf pine regeneration, the relationship between hurricanes and fires in coastal forests, socio-economic risk of wildfire damage, and other topics. The target audience includes land managers, foresters, land owners, academicians, and those interested in this important issue. A comprehensive and professional color proceedings will be available to all registrants. Please visit www.rnr.lsu.edu/lnrs for more information and to register.
Todd F. Shupe, Ph.D.
Louisiana Forest Products Development Center
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Louisiana State University AgCenter
Room 111 Renewable Natural Resources Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-6432 (Office)