Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013 Orleans SIERRA CLUB PROGRAM

Katie Brasted, Executive Director for Woodlands Conservancy will present a program about the Woodlands Conservancy area near English Turn on the West bank.

Woodlands Conservancy is a 501-C-3, nonprofit organization created with the mission to preserve and develop an ecosystem dedicated to creating daily public opportunities for recreation, ecotourism and education in a natural and historic setting. The vision of Woodlands Conservancy is to be the regional model for the conservation of hardwood forests, and a leader in the advocacy and preservation of Louisiana's coastal forest ecosystems.

Woodlands Conservancy announced the purchase of 190 acres of important bottomland hardwood wetlands in Orleans Parish. The acquisition of the 190 acres will expand the habitat for over 100 species of migratory birds and provide additional hiking, wildlife viewing, and outdoor education opportunities to local citizens.

Due to the continued loss of our coastline and increased rate of relative sea level rise, USFWS estimates that this Woodlands area (now just 6 miles from open waters connected to the Gulf of Mexico) will be one of the largest forested land masses between open water and the city of New Orleans within the next 50 to 100 years.

Audubon Zoo, Dominion Auditorium. Enter gate to far right of main public entrance and behind the statue of Audubon. Parking plentiful and safe. Call (504) 307-0187 with any questions. The program is free and open to everyone. Refreshments at 6:30pm. Program 7 to 8pm.

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