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Louisiana black bear cubsCoastal Louisiana is a national treasure. The islands, estuaries, and wetlands fringing the Gulf of Mexico provide habitat to migratory birds, economically-important finfish and shellfish, and federally endangered or threatened animals such as the Louisiana black bear.

National Wildlife Federation is partnering with Environmental Defense Fund and National Audubon Society to move bold restoration projects in Louisiana from plan to action.


Rally Marks Start of Hurricane Season

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On June 1, 2009, start of Hurricane season, nearly 150 residents from New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish rallied atop a levee in the Lower Ninth Ward, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make restoration of the wetlands destroyed by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) a top priority. Press Release | Images 


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NWF Presents Louisiana Wetlands Project at North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference

watercolor of duckArlington, VA - The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) March 19, 2009 hosted a breakfast and presentation before a crowd of 150 on the new Louisiana Wetlands project at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. The audience consisted of high level staff from the Department of the Interior, state (and military) fish and game agencies, Ducks Unlimited, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) and a variety of additional NGOs. Full Article

Diversions: "It's Going to Happen"

Wax Lake DiversionNew Orleans, LA -  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a three-day Diversion Summit (“the summit”) in New Orleans to convene scientific experts and stakeholders in a detailed discussion of the use of river diversions to restore Louisiana’s coastal marshes and estuaries.  Packed to capacity in the main conference room of a French Quarter hotel, over 250 stakeholders gathered to listen, present, and work toward progress in Louisiana coastal restoration. 

Brigadier General Walsh, Commander of the Army Corps Mississippi Valley Division, remained at the front of the room for the entire event, signaling the great importance and urgency of a path toward land-building and restoration.  Garret Graves, Director of the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Affairs, boldly set the tone at the onset of the summit by declaring, “We are going to do diversions in Louisiana.  It’s going to happen.”  Full Article [pdf]


National Wildlife Federation is working with state and national groups to advocate for Louisiana's coast:

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