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BP FUNDS ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION AND EDUCATION
BP Director of Community Relations, Lisa Burns and Community Relations Manager, Naomi Williams visited Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse, Louisiana on Friday, February 3 to talk about the work being funded by a grant from BP America. A $60,000 grant from BP will be used over the next several months to fund habitat enhancements and increased directional and interpretive signage throughout the site. “I am so glad that you came to see the site now so that when the improvements are finished, you will clearly see how your funding has helped us improve the site for the public”, said Katie Brasted, Executive Director. Trees funded by the BP grant and provided by the Chevron Tree Farm will be planted along the trail sections that are parallel to canals and open areas to establish a canopy of trees. The larger trees will help depress the introduction and spreading of invasive trees, provide enhanced habitat for wildlife and migratory birds and provide a shady buffer between the trail and developed areas. Woodlands Conservancy will be working with graphic designers to complete interpretive maps and tree identification materials to be located throughout the 12 miles of trails. The Woodlands group has picked September 29, National Public Lands Day as an “Open House” day at Woodlands Trail to show off the improvements funded by BP and other major contributors.
WOODLANDS CONSERVANCY CELEBRATES A DECADE OF CONSERVATION WORK
Woodlands Conservancy’s 10th Anniversary Gala was a grand success. The event was organized by the nonprofit organization to celebrate a decade of conservation. The event held at English Turn Golf and Country Club on Friday October 14, focused on honoring the top organization and individual contributors since the organization was formed in 2001. The award given to each honoree was a Giclee of an original art piece of an egret painted by local artist Glen Weber. Thanks to the immense generosity of Weber, the collection of original art and a limited edition of Giclees will be available for sale on November 01 with a percent of the proceeds going to Woodlands Conservancy’s endowment fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
The event was a multi-grand success.”, says board president Heidi Poche, “With the generosity of our sponsors, Chevron Oronite, ConocoPhillips, Daybrook Fisheries, Power System Specialists, Trinchero Family Estates’, Private Contributors and silent auction donors, we made over $25,000 to help further our mission.” The nonprofit organization has been working for the past ten years to connect low lying greenways and trails in the peninsula formed by Orleans and Plaquemines parish. “We have a lot to celebrate.” says Board Member Lynda Banta, “We have come a long way. We have over thirteen miles of greenways and trails established in Plaquemines Parish that are being used by thousands of people a year”.
WOODLANDS CONSERVANCY HOLDS RETREAT AT SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB
Working with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Woodlands Conservancy launched their first Capacity Building workshop retreat on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Southern Yacht Club. Woodlands Conservancy was a recent recipient of the Every Day Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to work with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations to strengthen their capacity. The National Environmental Education Foundation, with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., provides funds to strengthen organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands. With the support of a letter from Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Woodlands Conservancy met the requirements of demonstrating a positive, collaborative partnership with the local public lands site. See full Press Release.
(left to right) Lynda Banta, Rob Salus, Katie Brasted, Dan Dreiling, Jacob Braud and Rebecca Altobelli)
Organizational Support for Woodlands Conservancy's NRDA Projects Keeps Growing
At a recent meeting of the board of directors of Orleans Audubon Society, a resolution was unanimously passed supporting Woodlands Conservancy's projects that were submitted to expand, restore and enhance vital habitat for neotropical migratory birds within the peninsula formed by Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. OAS further acknowledged their support by providing a generous donation to further the mission of Woodlands Conservancy. Read Full Resolution. On July 14, 2011, the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club passed a supporting resolution that additionally asked the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club to make a financial contribution to Woodlands Conservancy's efforts. The Crescent Bird Club and Louisiana Ornthilogical Society expressed their support by providing a generous contribution to the Woodlands Conservancy Greenway Corridor project.
Woodlands Conservancy Receives Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge
Katie Brasted and Heidi Poche of Woodlands Conservancy attended a recent kick-off meeting for Woodlands Conservancy’s Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Program Assistant, Roy Williams congratulated the organization for being the receiver of one of the top awards from the Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge. Woodlands Conservancy will have until May 31, 2012 to raise $30,000 for an endowment fund that will be housed at GNOF and if successful, will receive a match of $15,000 from the Richard West Freeman Foundation. No more than $7500 can come from one individual donor for the required match. See Full Press Release.
Resolutions Support Woodlands Conservancy's NRDA Projects
The Orleans Parish Council unanimously passed Resolution 11-132 on March 17th introduced by Councilwoman Kristen Palmer, supporting Woodlands Conservancy's project submitted for Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funding. On March 20th, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation passed Resolution 3B and Resolution 4B supporting Woodlands Conservancy's Greenway Corridor Projects submitted for NRDA funds to ensure migratory bird habitat and recreational opportunities in perpetuity in both Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. Letters of support for funding have also been received from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and Mayor's Office of Environmental and Coastal Affairs and the New Orleans Group of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Daybrook Pavilion to soon become a reality!
Thanks to contributions from Daybrook Fisheries and American Electric Power, the entrance pavilion at Woodlands Trail will soon be a reality. The Daybrook Pavilion will be a 12' x 24' shelter that can be used for educational gatherings for school and interest groups as well as a site for a leisurely lunch while watching activities along the Plantar's Canal. A generous contribution from Daybrook Fisheries of $10,000 will be used to construct the pavilion with the very skilled labor provided by Seabees currently stationed at the Naval Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse. Two sides of the structure will have benches constructed with a $1000 grant provided by American Electric Power. Visit soon to see the progress.
LSU School of Architecture, Office of Community Design and Development Release Design Models
Professor Frank Bosworth, LSU School of Architecture, Office of Community Design and Development will present a brief Power point presentation on the Proposed Interpretive Center to be located at Woodlands Trail and Park and a design for a potential Riverfront Pavilion. Physical models of the two designs will be set-up in the Plaquemines Parish Council chambers for public viewing at the Council meeting on July 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. The Interpretive Center designed to be built on constructed wetlands will be a state-of-the-art sustainable design with little or no carbon footprint. The building will contain educational materials and exhibits of the environmental and cultural history of the area as well as the physical structure itself being a tool to instruct others of similar elements they can incorporate into their own homes to reduce their carbon footprint. The council meetings are held at 450 F. Edward Hebert Blvd. in Belle Chasse. For future information about the designs contact 504.433.4000.
Woodlands holds 3rd Mississippi Riverboat History Cruise
Despite the somewhat inclement weather on the day of Woodlands Trail and Park’s Riverboat Cruise, over one hundred friends and supporters boarded the Creole Queen for the annual fund raising event including Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. Guests at the event were given the opportunity for the first viewing of the models of the Interpretive Center and River Pavilion completed by LSU Office of Community Design and Development. President Nungesser praised the work and expressed his support of public-private partnerships and offered ideas for funding the quality of life amenities for the area. The models are scheduled for presentation at the Plaquemines Parish Council meeting on July 8.
The cruise on the Mighty Mississippi included live music by Steamboat Willie and some unique history story telling by Andrew Barron, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Mr. Barron explained the significance of the land and efforts of Woodlands and talked of the early environmental history of how the area was formed and how our ancestors discovered medicinal values of plants in the forest. Between dining on local cuisine and sipping “River ritas”, those in attendance made the Silent Auction a major success.
The annual fund raising event was made possible by Chevron, Jon Khachaturian, Entergy, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank, John W. Stone Oil Distributor, Wal-Mart Foundation and Sam's Club. McMoRan Exploration and WWNO 89.9 helped to spread the word of the fund raising event by contributing printing and air time. Click here to see more photos.
ConocoPhillips Employees plant the last of 4360 seedlings!
On March 27, ConocoPhillips employees came to the rescue to plant the last of 4360 seedlings and trees at Woodlands Trail and Park. The employees and their grandchildren helped plant seedlings along planting paths in the front 20-acre section of Woodlands Trail along the Upland Trail. Funding provided by ConocoPhillips helped Woodlands Trail and Park partner with Louisiana State University, School of Architecture, Office of Community Design and Development to develop interpretive information that will educate others of the restoration efforts. LSU will be designing panels that will be placed in the kiosk along the Upland Trail.
LSU's Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) Help with Restoration Efforts
Lizzy Hingle, a sophomore at Louisiana State University, in the Department of Renewable Resources and Vice President of the Environmental Conservation Organization organized a camp-out and tree planting at Woodlands Trail and Park in Belle Chasse. After spending her holiday free-time volunteering at Woodlands Trail and Park to prepare for the spring Ecosystem Restoration project that involved planting over 4300 trees and seedlings, Lizzy decided to get the ECO group involved in helping with the tree planting.
The group of fifteen club members camped out at Woodlands Trail and Park and then spent the next day planting over 1000 trees.
Goucher College Students Spend Spring Break Restoring Habitat at Woodlands Trail
As planting dibbles stand at attention in the sand, ten volunteers from Goucher College in Maryland, tie wood fiber tapes on cypress and water oak seedlings in preparation for planting at Woodlands Trail and Park. According to Kaitlyn Orr, her group has come to the Greater New Orleans area for the past four years during spring break to do restoration work in the community.
The planting at Woodlands Trail and Park was organized by Bayou Rebirth, a nonprofit organization that engages volunteers in hands-on wetlands restoration and stewardship projects. Scott Eustis , a graduate student working with Bayou Rebirth, supervised the students planting 745 seedlings.
Reforesting Begins! Scouts work for Conservation Badge
On Saturday, January 23, Belle Chasse Cub Scout Pack 301, Webelos Patrol came to Woodlands Trail and Park to do conservation work toward earning a badge. Ken Dugas, Scout Leader, Anna Lincoln, Committee Chair and parents, Michelle Hewitt, Frank Ranatza and Jason Guiliuzo accompanied the scouts and provided supervision during the project. The scouts planted over 130 native Louisiana trees along the Upland Trail just outside the scout camping area. Pictured at right, Trent Palmisano holds a Planting Dibble that was used to make a hole for a seedling during the Sub Scout Pack 301 Volunteer Day at Woodlands Trail and Park. Hailey Weatherford ties a biodegradable tag onto the native tree so that it is easy to spot where trees have been planted and where more are needed.
Cub Scout Pack 301 members, Joel Guliuzo, Dominic Lincoln, Jacob Lincoln, Trent Palmisano, Joshua Hewitt and Cole Dugas. Present but not pictured here was Jonas Ranatza.
LSU and Woodlands Trail and Park Unveil Preliminary Conceptual Designs
The design for the Woodlands Trail Interpretive Center includes state-of-the-art green building techniques and is designed to be a teaching tool in both its design and contents. The interpretive center is designed to tell the cultural and natural history of the geographical area including such topics as the early plantation era, flood of 1927, value of native habitat and impacts from hurricane activity. The River Pavilion design includes interpretive panels that acknowledge the contribution of the Army Corp of Engineers, Coast Guard, River Pilots and others who manage activities along the “Mighty Mississippi” as well as tell the “stories” of events occurring at the site such as the historic English Turn in 1699. Wind turbines incorporated into the site could provide the power for lighting along the levee for portions of the Mississippi River Trail. The oral and written comments provided by participants will guide the next design phase that will lead to physical models with detailed costs. The models and detailed costs could be used for support and fund raising efforts.
Funding for the second phase of planning and an interpretive program for the Upland Trail is being funded by ConocoPhillips who joined Woodlands Trail and Park in creating a legacy for future generations by providing advice and financial support for the past several years.
Greater New Orleans Foundation funds Invasive Species Assessment
Recent funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation - Plaquemines Community Foundation through the Rebuild Plaquemines Fund, allowed a detailed pre-treatment assessment of invasive species in a 20-acre pilot treatment area at Woodlands Trail and Park. Funding received from GNOF allowed Dr. Sean Anderson, California State University Channel Islands and John Lambrinos, Oregon State University to determine stem density and frequency of Chinese Tallow, Chinaberry and Chinese Privet. This information will be used to determine the effectiveness of treatment to eradicate these invasive species. Funding for treatment has been provided by the Change Happens Foundation and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Thanks to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, birding surveys of breeders and migratory birds will be conducted to assess the impact of treatment on improvements in bird habitat.
With funding provided by ConocoPhillips, educational materials on the restoration activities are being developed by Louisiana State University, School of Architecture students to be incorporated into Kiosks within the forest. Work is also underway to produce a brochure and documentary to cover the value of low-lying forested areas, the impact of hurricanes on coastal forests, invasive species identification and removal techniques.
LSU School of Architecture Begins Design Work for WT&P
A new partnership for Woodlands Trail and Park with the LSU School of Architecture, OCDD has led to Marsha R. Cuddeback, AIA, LEED AP, and her students taking on the task of providing assistance for preparing conceptual design illustration for the proposed Woodlands Trail and Park Interpretive Center and River Pavilion. Under the direction of Cuddeback and consultation from Frank Bosworth, PhD., Marcelle Boudreaux, Project Manager, Lizzy Williams, Project Designer, will work with Adam Duplantier and Jonathan LeJune , Research Assistants, to develop a pictorial , marketable vision for Woodlands Trail and Park. The planning was funded by a grant from the Plaquemines Community Foundation. Preliminary design work shows construction blending with nature and includes state-of-the-art green building techniques.
Woodlands Trail and Park’s History Cruise ------- a Splash on the Mighty Mississippi!
Great music by The Stargeezers, a warm, breezy evening, a wide range of coveted silent auction items and the traditional “River Ritas” contributed to the success of Woodlands Trail and Park’s Mississippi Riverboat History Cruise fundraiser. The major sponsors for this year’s event were Chevron Oronite, AEP River Operations, Associate Branch Pilots, Wal-Mart Foundation and Winn-Dixie.
Buddy Stall, local historian, added to the magic of the event with his unique stories of the local region.
Near the close of the evening, local guests from Louisiana, as far West as California and as far east as Washington, DC joined together for a “Toast to the Coast” sponsored by Trinchero Family Estates. A cheer echoed along the river at the end of the following toast given by Katie Brasted: “as our ‘safe season’ ends and we enter hurricane season, our hope is that the powers that be have the strength to look beyond themselves and expeditiously do the right thing to save our coast and coastal forest.”
ARBOR DAY LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND SIGN UNVEILING!
For over 100 years, environmental stewards gather on Arbor Day to plant trees for the same reasons that J. Sterling Morton recognized in 1854-windbreaks to keep soil in place, shade and food for wildlife. The day was celebrated in Plaquemines Parish with Alan Vaughn, LSU Agriculture Center demonstrating correct planting techniques to Shannon Wigley and her students from Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Woodlands Trail. Nikki Lopez, Heather Giordano, Marisela Varela, Morgan Ancar, Elisa Kravet, Josie Bridges and Deanna Cheathem planted Mulberry trees along the Upland Trail at Woodlands Trail and Park.
Following tree planting, students from OLPH joined with Woodlands Trail and Park and Janice Acosta, Plaquemines Parish Government, Mike Richard, Chevron Oronite and Steve Barrios, American Electric Power to unveil the new Woodlands Trail and Park entrance sign and landscaping. The improvements were funded by contributions from Chevron Oronite, Plaquemines Parish Government and American Electric Power.
Operations joins Woodlands Trail and Park in
The XYZ Network group from Chevron Oronite spent National Public Lands Day at Woodlands Trail and Park. The Chevron Oronite volunteers spent the day posting directional signage posts and mounting signs along major trail intersections. (left to right) Paula Jones, Daniel Meke, Kyle Frederic, Christine Cromer, Charles Angel, Josh Byram, Katie Gonsoulin
Volunteers take a break on National Public Lands Day to stand with Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser around the sign that denotes that Woodlands Trail and Park is on the Natural Areas Registry. The designation originally made in 2005 was continued by President Nungesser’s administration. (left to right) Eric Miniclier, Jan Morgan, Robert Willie, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Kellen Smith, Connell Vallette, Adrienne Viosca (Front row) Ben Graham , Ryan Vedros
Connell Vallette, Committee Chairman, Troop 64 along with area scouts and volunteers and Board Member Carol Cowley stand with Wood Duck Nesting Boxes at the beginning of the volunteer work day.
During September, Woodlands Trail and Park had two Volunteer Work Days to install directional signage and mount Wood Duck Nesting Boxes. On National Public Lands Day, Scouts, 4-H, the XYZ group from Chevron Oronite, volunteers from Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the National Park Service and community volunteers joined with Woodlands Trail and Park board members to work on enhancement projects and re-pot oak seedlings that are destined for planting next spring. McMoRan Exploration provided funds for the Wood Duck Nesting project along with a contribution of Wood Duck Nesting Boxes from the National Wildlife Federation. Funds from Louisiana’s Recreational Trails program were used to purchase directional signage to post at trail intersections. National Public Lands Day falls on the last Saturday of September. Volunteers, state, federal and local agencies work together to participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser assisted in the mounting of a Wood Duck Nesting Box along the greenway and trail and thanked the volunteers for their time and commitment. He apologized for not showing up prepared to work and offered to help in the future with projects at Woodlands Trail-America’s Wetland Birding Trail in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
On April 08, twenty-nine volunteers from Louisiana to California gathered at Woodlands Trail and Park for a wetland tree planting project along the Naval Ammunition Depot trail. During March, volunteers spent hundreds of hours preparing the site that had not been maintained likely long before the military officially dedicated the property to Plaquemines Parish Government in 1963. In addition to providing shirts and gloves for all volunteers, Chevron provided over one hundred native trees from the Chevron Tree Farm located in City Park. Thanks to Eddie Martin of Martin's Gardening Center, the trees were kept on an irrigation drip while awaiting the planting day.
Dr. Sean Anderson, Professor in Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University Channel Islands returned to Woodlands Trail and Park in March, 2008 with an assessment team of fifteen students. CSUCI conducted an assessment of frequency and stem density of invasive species following Hurricane Katrina in 2007. Some preliminary treatment measures have been implemented in an effort to tackle the proliferation of invasive Chinese Tallow, Chinese Privet and Chinaberry at Woodlands Trail and Park. Dr. Anderson's group returned this year to provide post-treatment data that will assist in evaluating removal methods. The Woodlands group was greatly appreciative of the unique opportunity to have standardized pre- and post data to utilize in grant proposals to more adequately address the eradication of invasive species.
|CSUCI students & their Professor, Dr. Sean Anderson||Dr. Anderson's father designed a shirt worn by all students, demonstrating their commitment to Huricane Katrina ravaged areas.|
University of Indiana Boston University, Wesleyan, George Washington University Our Lady of Holy Cross College
University of Vermont, Yale Massachusetts
For many, College spring break traditionally means heading for the beaches of South Florida, but hundreds of students from colleges and universities across the nation, chose to spend their 2008 spring break giving back to the communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina. During March, over two hundred students spent over one thousand hours at Woodlands Trail and Park in Belle Chasse working on a variety of restoration activities.
With the approaching of spring break for college students, Woodlands Trail and Park began receiving phone calls from Universities and local and national organizations who wanted to get involved in activities to restore the environment in greenspaces impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The first group of 100 offered by the National Wildlife Federation could not be accepted as Woodlands did not have the operating capacity to manage the group. With the encouragement and problem-solving assistance of Colleen Morgan, Bayou Rebirth Restoration and Education, Team Leader Training sessions were organized to train volunteers to work with and supervise volunteers. The first training session was held at the Plaquemines Parish AgCenter and was followed by a hands-on, educational hike led by Tom Campbell, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Some of the topics covered were safety procedures, trail clearing techniques, invasive species identification and removal, and plant and wildlife identification. As the first training session was attended by three teachers from the Belle Chasse Primary School, Mr. Campbell incorporated both hands-on and educational elements that would assist teachers in maximizing the educational aspects available in the Woodlands Trail and Park "outdoor classroom".
|(left to right) Tom Campbell, LDAF, Jan Rice, Vicki Nagin, Carol Spears and Rosina Philippe. Tom Campbell, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.|
The Woodlands Trail Classic - 5K and 1-mile Fun Run family event will be held at Woodlands Trail and Park at 449 F. Edward Hebert Blvd. in Belle Chasse on Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 8 a.m. Following the jump start on the New Year, participants will be entertained by the music of “The Stargeezers” while enjoying refreshments donated for the fundraising event by Algiers Kiwanis Morning Edition, Boomtown Casino, Meme’s Café and Catering, Whole Foods Market and Woodland Plantation. Unique awards to be given to winning participants in a variety of age groups were designed by Debbie Kraemer of DK Clay. In addition to unique awards, lots of random prizes will be distributed. Sponsors for the 3rd Annual Woodlands Trail Classic include Ochsner Medical Center, Chevron Oronite, Jon and Barbara Khachaturian, Venice Port Complex, Wal-Mart Foundation, West Jeff Fitness Center, West Jefferson Medical Center and Whitney National Bank. Numerous in-kind sponsors provided items for goody bags, random prizes and other essential items to contribute to the success of the fund raising event.
(left to right) Councilwoman Lynda Banta, Woodlands Trail and Park Advisory Board Member, Peggy Willie, Woodlands Trail Classic Committee member, Jim Gable, America’s Regional Manager, Chevron Oronite and Katie Brasted, Woodlands Trail and Park.
Woodlands Trail and Park Restoration Team Receives Coastal America Partnership Award!
On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, the Woodlands Trail and Park Restoration Team, partners and community friends gathered on a beautiful, breezy fall day along Plantar's Canal in Belle Chasse, Louisiana for the Coastal America Partnership Award Ceremony. The awards were presented by Robert A. DeHann, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, John Bowie, Coordinator for Coastal America for the Gulf Coast Region and Virginia Tippie, Director and Founder of Coastal America. Robert DeHann was the Keynote speaker on behalf of the Department of Transportation and the Executive Office of the President. Awards were presented to the following partnering organizations for their participation in the cooperative conservation effort: Algiers Economic Development Foundation, American Heritage Rivers Initiative - Army Corp of Engineers, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Mayor's Office of Environmental Affairs, Mississippi River Trail organization, Orleans Audubon Society, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Plaqumeines Parish Government, Regional Planning Commission, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Department of Renewable Resources, and Woodlands Trail and Park. The Woodlands Restoration Team was nominated by Doug Meffert, Deputy Director, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.
The Coastal America Partnership was established in 1992 to protect, preserve and restore our coastal watersheds by integrating federal actions with state, and local government and non‑governmental efforts to address specific problems such as wetlands loss. According to Director of Coastal America, Virginia Tippie, “ The Woodlands Trail and Park Project Team is a striking example of an opportunity that resulted from the identification of critical habitat and community needs, the development of key partnerships, proud environmental stewardship and community involvement all of which resulted in a comprehensive and productive partnership to enhanced our natural environment - a win-win across the board and an example of true partnerships for others to emulate. It is in projects such as this that cooperative conservation comes alive in the real world.”
On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, 2007, community members and area elected officials gathered at the Belle Chasse Auditorium for an evening of remembering and looking to the future. Those in attendance watched award-winning independent producer Christina Melton's Washing Away , a documentary that illustrates the connection between ever more devastating hurricane damage and Louisiana’s shrinking wetlands. Kerry St. Pe, Plaquemines Parish native and Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program introduced the movie in which he plays a major role discussing the impact of hurricane damage and methods to combat the disappearing coastline of Plaquemines Parish. Following the movie, former Plaquemines Parish President Benny Rousselle narrated the presentation of a study completed by Tulane City Center that demonstrates the value of preserving coastal forests such as Woodlands Trail and Park.
“Levees are not enough to protect coastal communities from powerful hurricanes” said Aaron Viles, Director Gulf Restoration Network. “Natural storm defenses, such as wetlands, coastal forests, and barrier islands, are essential to the survival of these vibrant Gulf Coast communities yet every 35 minutes we lose a football field’s worth of wetlands to erosion.” Wetlands, barrier islands and cypress forest are an essential buffer zone between powerful storms and the humans and wildlife that reside along the Gulf Coast but these natural defenses are disappearing.
On May 11, 2007, Woodlands Trail and Park's efforts in "Creating a Legacy" for future generations were honored by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Woodlands Trail and Park Board Members, Katie Brasted, Carol Osborne Cowley and Paul Richard were present at a banquet held at the LSU Faculty Club in Baton Rouge to accept the Coastal Stewardship Award for "preserving, protecting and celebrating the natural beauty and cultural treasures within a 10,000-acre peninsula in the Metropolitan New Orleans area." CRCL’s Board Chairman, Woody Crews, presented this prestigious award that came in the form of a hand-carved Egret. Woodlands Trail and Park was nominated for the award by Edgar Veillon, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Representative to the National Wildlife Federation.
Plaquemines Parish Councilwoman Lynda Banta attended the event with Woodlands Trail and Park Board members and guests. Woodlands Trail and Park’s smart growth regional efforts have gained increased National attention during the past several months following the award for the 2006 Conservation Organization of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation. With the support of partners, Algiers Economic Development Foundation and Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the organization was nominated for the Preserve America Award and has recently received notice of nomination for the Coastal America Award by Doug Meffert, Deputy Director, Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.
University of Louisiana Lafayette students studying under the direction of Dr. Barbara Benson, Department of Renewable Resources, returned to Woodlands Trail in April 2007 to begin construction on a interpretive Kiosk. During a visit in March 2007 to conduct site assessments for parking areas, an interpretive center and other potential project amenities, the students empathically suggested that they be allowed to come up with a hands-on, permanent project to help the Woodlands Trail move forward. They settled on the construction of an interpretive Kiosk near a grouping of ten World War II Ammunition Magazines along Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Travis Trahan, a student in Dr. Benson’s class, secured donations for the construction project from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Lafayette. He organized all necessary tools and supplies necessary to function in the forest without electricity. The students are preparing interpretive materials to post on the Kiosk to inform others of the history of the former Naval Ammunition Depot Property.
(back, left to right) Rhett Hebert, Joshua Brumfield, Justin Lemaire, (center, left to right) Ty Guidry, Gabriel Giraldo, Andrea Venable, Jeanne Lestell, Dr. Barbara Benson, Cody Oliver, (front, left to right) Ben Dabadie, Rusty Laviolette
In what seemed to Woodlands Trail and Park as something not too short of a miracle, Dr. Sean Anderson and his fifteen students in Environmental Science and Resource Management from California State University Channel Islands arrived at the Woodlands site on March 23rd to conduct an invasive species survey. Woodlands Trail and Park learned of the arrival of the students in need of a Service/Learning Project from an email forwarded by Brenda Puckett, Hands of Hope in Belle Chasse. After seven months of searching for a group with these specialized skills, Woodlands Trail and Park found the chances of such an offer almost too good to be true. The students who were coming to New Orleans to study Wetland Restoration and Management were committed to spending a portion of their time “giving something positive back to the community” said Dr. Sean Anderson of CSUCI. The program at CSUCI places an emphasis on integrative approaches, experimental and service learning to prepare students for on-site work after graduation.
After Hurricane Katrina removed the canopy from the forest, there has been an increased growth of invasive vegetation, particularly on the outer edges of the property dedicated as Woodlands Trail and Park Bird Sanctuary. Seven months ago, Woodlands Trail and Park launched a collaborative effort with ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate friend, and consultation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Orleans Audubon, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and other partners to develop a plan for assessment, treatment and follow-up to tackle the growth of invasive species. This collaboration resulted in the submission of a grant proposal to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in an attempt to obtain funds to assist with carrying out the plan. The NFWF has asked for a full proposal. In addition to matching funds, the Woodlands group was in need of an organization to conduct the baseline assessment and develop the protocol for post-treatment and follow-up. Long-term plans include an educational component to work with area students in identifying native and invasive species and participating in future restoration activities. The arrival of the CSUCI students has given the Woodlands group the long awaited opportunity to move forward with the full proposal. Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program has agreed to assist Woodlands in organizing the full proposal.
Dr. Sean Anderson (center) and his students in Environmental Science and Resource Management from California State University Channel Islands pause for a picture after two days of conducting a Native and Invasive Plant survey at Woodlands Trail and Park in Belle Chasse.
Gonzales, Louisiana. Woodlands Trail and Park was honored as the Conservation Organization of the Year 2006 at the 43rd Recognition Banquet of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF). Conservation groups, sportsmen, environmentalists and natural resource management professionals from throughout Louisiana convened at the Holiday Inn in Gonzales for LWF's 68th Annual Convention Conference. Don Dubuc, Master of Ceremonies for the event, described the accomplishments of Woodlands Trail and Park that earned its recognition by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation for "outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of Louisiana's Natural Resources". Mary Enright nominated the organization.
Dubuc introduced the organization's award by describing the organization's history and accomplishments. "Currently recognized as one of three American Heritage Rivers Initiative “Keystone” projects for Louisiana, [Woodlands Trail and Park] has worked over the past eight years to unite the river communities ofOrleans and Plaquemines Parish with a series of educational, recreational and historical greenways in one of Southeastern Louisiana's last stands of bottomland hardwoods. Woodlands Trail and Park is a nonprofit, 501-C-3 organization that began as a ambitious grassroots regional effort in 1997 to plan for smart growth while preserving, protecting and celebrating the natural beauty and cultural treasures within a 10,000-acre peninsula in the Metropolitan New Orleans area. The area’s beauty stems from the natural characteristics of water flowing inward from the river and forming a natural basin for the collection of water and thus creating the habitat for wetland flora and fauna.
(left to right) Terry Melancon, President of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Woodlands Trail and Park Board Members, Paul Richard, Katie Brasted, Clayton White, Hank Willie, Carol Osborne Cowley, Benny Rousselle and Dr. Earl Matthew, Region 8 Director of the National Wildlife Federation.
|ULL Senior Students in Naturalist and Docent Practices receive an overview of elements of the Environmental Assessment completed for Woodlands Trail and Park||Drr. Barbara Benson holds the tape measure in place for marking boundaries of a Potential Interpretive Center for Woodlands while her students record GPS coordinates to transfer to maps the students will prepare for Woodlands.||While taking a "break" from work along Woodlands Trail, students decide to restore the flow of water from the drainage ditch into Plantar's Canal. After clearing massive storm debris, the water line on the nearby trees dropped 15 inches.||University of Louisiana Lafayette Students in Naturalist and Docent Practices pause for a picture along the Intracoastal Canal in Lower Coast Algiers after a weekend of conducting site assessments for potential amenities along Woodlands Trail - America's Wetland Birding Trail.|
Dr. Barbara Benson and her University of Louisiana Lafayette students in Naturalist and Docent Practices have committed their assistance to Woodland Trail and Park for the Spring Semester. During the previous year, ULL students got "real life" experience with GPS equipment by helping to identify the trails following Hurricane Katrina. This semester students are focusing on one of the next steps for Woodlands; that of conducting site assessments for parking areas and a potential Interpretive Center.
In recognition of World Wetlands Day on Friday, February 2nd, Woodlands Trail and Park board members unveiled the new design for Mignon Faget-Woodlands Trail and Park Palmetto Earrings at Jeff’s Haberdashery. Brasted expressed appreciation to ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate sponsor, for underwriting the current Palmetto design. Gratitude was also expressed to Jeff Chouest who joined Woodlands Trail and Park in "Creating a Legacy" for future generations by selling the Palmetto jewelry in both his store in Aurora Village on the West Bank and on the East Bank on Severn. Betsy Brien, Public Affairs Director for ConocoPhillips, attended the event to emphasize the company’s support for the regional effort of Woodlands Trail and Park to establish greenways and trails in the peninsula formed by Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. Brasted acknowledged that it is such partnerships of nonprofit organizations, corporations such as ConocoPhillips, family businesses such as Jeff’s Haberdashery and governmental agencies working together that will bring quality of life efforts such as Woodlands Trail and Park to fruition. The Palmetto earrings are being sold now through May, America’s Wetlands month at a below retail cost.
Despite heavy rainfall for the days preceding the 2nd Annual Woodlands Trail Classic, the event was a grand success! 132 individuals registered to participate in the New Year’s Eve event held on Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse. McDonalds, General DeGaulle arrived early to provide breakfast before the race. Following the race, participants listened to music provided by "The Stargeezers" and enjoyed food and beverages provided by Abita Brewing, Algiers Kiwanis Morning Edition, Boomtown Casino and Whole Foods. Benny Rousselle and Katie Brasted gave out 35 awards in various categories. The unique awards were created by Debbie Kraemer of DK Clay and Pottery on Magazine Street. Debbie utilized the shape of the upper portion of the Barataria-Terrebonne Basin to serve as the background of the award and thus representing the regional focus of Woodlands Trail and Park. The center of the award contained the Palmetto, a plant common to the understory in the bottomland hardwood forest. The 2nd Annual Woodlands Trail Classic was presented by ConocoPhilips and sponsored by West Jefferson Fitness Center, Freeport-McMoRan, Chevron Oronite, Fidelity Homestead, Computers, Communication & Controls. Despite the rustic conditions of the trail, race organizers received nothing but positive feedback of the experience such as a comment from Mark Schafer, Baton Rouge participant, “we had a blast, nothing like we have ever ran in before. We are looking forward to making it an annual run for us”.
Woodlands Trail and Park, currently recognized as one of three American Heritage Rivers Initiative "Keystone" projects for Louisiana, was nominated for the Preserve America Presidential Award by the Board of Directors of Algiers Economic Development Foundation. The mission of AEDF is to "foster, coordinate, and advance economic growth through industrial, commercial and tourism development and help retain existing business: To protect and encourage residential development and to promote civic pride and awareness of Algiers". According to AEDF President, Glenn Orgeron, "Woodlands Trail and Park meshes with that mission to increase tourism while maintaining the quality of life elements that Fortune 500 Company executives evaluate when making decision about relocating to a new community".
Laura Bush helped to start Preserve America, a national program to protect our cultural and natural heritage. The program recognizes efforts across the nation to encourage Americans to get involved in preserving main streets, parks, and community heritage treasures. According to Woodlands Trail and Park President, Katie Brasted, "Plaquemines Parish has demonstrated its passion and pride in Louisiana's natural and historic treasures by its longstanding support of Woodlands Trail and Park through resolutions and ordinances beginning with the first presentation of the project in 2001". When Councilwoman Lynda Banta heard of the nomination of the Preserve America Presidential award, she insisted on introducing a resolution supporting the nomination by AEDF. The resolution passed by the Plaquemines Parish Council proclaimed support for Woodlands Trail and Park's nomination "in view of the longstanding dedication of [Woodlands Trail and Park] to form a coalition of local, regional and national partnerships with governmental entities, private citizens and corporations to preserve, protect and celebrate our priceless and natural heritage". The nomination packet also included supporting letters by Plaquemines Parish President Benny Rousselle and Senator David Vitter.
Plaquemines Parish President Benny Rousselle (left) and Councilwoman Lynda Banta (right) present a Certified Council Resolution supporting Woodlands Trail and Park's nomination for the Preserve America Presidential Award to President of Woodlands Trail and Park, Katie Brasted (center)
During the Plaquemines Area Business and Industry luncheon at Woodland Plantation on Wednesday, September 13, 2006, founding members of Woodlands Trail and Park, Katie Brasted (left) and Plaquemines Parish President, Benny Rousselle, (right) presented Governor Kathleen Blanco (center) with a Mignon Faget Palmetto Pin in recognition of her long-standing support of Woodlands Trail and Park’s regional greenway efforts. The Woodlands organization noted that they were anxious to move forward with the execution of the awards received from the Governor's Office of Community Programs in 2003 and 2005. Proceeds from the exclusive Mignon Faget Palmetto pendants and lapel pins benefit the nonprofit organization, Woodlands Trail and Park in expanding greenway corridors in one of Southeastern Louisiana’s last stands of bottomland hardwoods. Brasted noted that the Palmetto has been purchased by individuals in 10 parishes in Louisiana and 10 states across the nation plus Washington, DC. thereby bringing increased attention to Woodlands Trail and Park and America’s Wetlands. The Mignon Faget - Woodlands Trail and Park Palmetto is available exclusively through Woodlands Trail and Park, available on-line and locally in the New Orleans area at Jeff's Haberdashery in Village Aurora on the Westbank and on Severn in Metairie.
(left to right) Doug Daigle, Mississippi River Basin Alliance, David Muth, Orleans Audubon Society, Betsy Brien, ConocoPhillips, John Rapp, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Woodlands Trail and Park recently organized a hike and working lunch to get advice from partnering organizations on the development of plans to address the increasing growth of invasive species in the forested property dedicated to Woodlands Trail and Park. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Chinaberry, Chinese Tallow and Chinese Privet were identified along the edges of the Plaquemines Parish forested property. Over 70% of the trees sustained damage during the past hurricane season. Without the canopy of some of the old growth areas, invasive species are beginning to flourish. Removal and treatment of the invasives by fall will give the native species an advantage by taking away the competition for sunlight and give them a jumpstart on maintaining their dominant role.
Following a hike in the woods to review the extent of the damages, ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate friend to Woodlands, sponsored a working lunch to assist in the development a grant proposal to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. A separate hike was conducted the following week with Joan Exnicios, Army Corp of Engineers, American Heritage Rivers Initiative and Tom Campbell, Louisiana Department of Agriculture to get further input. The organizations have partnered together in the submission of a grant to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, entitled “Woodlands Invasive Species Project” to address treatment of 200-acres of forested property. Over 100 species of Neo-tropical Migratory birds and abundant wildlife depend on the native habitat for their survival. The Woodlands group is faced with raising $100,000 in order to match the requirements of the grant and implement the treatment protocol.
New Orleans, Louisiana. At the morning Wal-Mart staff meeting on June 02, 2006, Percy Shaw, Wal-Mapresented a Community Grant to Woodlands Trail and Park to assist in the efforts in establishing regional trails and greenways in the Lower Coast Algiers and Belle Chasse communities. Katie Brasted, President of Woodlands Trail and Park, accepted the contribution and expressed appreciation to the employees of Wal-Mart Store #1163 for their long-standing support and participation in events at the Woodlands Trail and Park site. The Wal-Mart Foundation recently provided funding for refreshments during Woodlands Trail and Park’s celebration of America’s Wetlands Month that was held in May to release the Mignon Faget Palmetto designed to bring attention to America’s Wetlands and benefit the nonprofit organization, Woodlands Trail and Park.
At the New Orleans City Council Meeting on May 25, 2006, the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the New Orleans City Council issued proclamations to Katie Brasted, President and Founder of Woodlands Trail and Park in support of “implementation of conservation efforts that will protect and improve the environment for the future well-being of our children and the wildlife we treasure”. In recognition of May being America’s Wetlands Month, Councilman-at-Large Oliver Thomas, Chairman of the Riverfront Development Committee, initiated a supporting proclamation by the New Orleans City Council. He noted that the Woodlands project provides an “economic opportunity to deal with our wetlands, ecosystem and national treasures”. After presentation of the framed proclamation by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Edgar Veillon, LWF and Representative to the National Wildlife Federation, reiterated the support for Woodlands Trail and Park’s efforts to establish greenway corridors by noting that such forested properties “are our first line of defense against hurricane winds” and that the Woodlands effort “presents a wealth of opportunities for recreation and in doing so generates millions of dollars for the state economy”. Follow link for Full Article
|Mignon Faget describes the value of bottomland hardwood forests and the history of the Palmetto in Louisiana||Judy Jones and Patti F||Katie Brasted, Woodlands Trail and Park, expresses appreciation to Betsy B||Plaquemines Parish President, Benny Rousselle listens to the description of the plants and trees identified by students from Belle Chasse Primary School during their hike along Woodlands Trail.|
After an announcement on the
WWLTV Morning Show on Tuesday, May 02, 2006, over sixty students, teachers
and community citizens came to the Woodlands site the following day to Celebrate
America’s Wetlands Month and the progress made in re-establishing trails.
The Woodlands group expressed appreciation to Instructor Tony Danos and his
Alternative Classroom students who constructed the information Kiosk that is now
posted at the entrance to the trail.
Judy Jones and Patti Faulkner, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, presented “Natural Areas Registry” signs to be posted within the park.and a plaque to Plaquemines Parish President Benny Rousselle in gratitude for designating over 600-acres as “Woodlands Trail and Park Bird Sanctuary”. Jan Rice and her class of first graders from Belle Chasse Primary school hiked to the celebration and along the trails while having fun identifying plants and trees that are native to the bottomland hardwood forest. The celebration of America’s Wetlands Month culminated in Mignon Faget’s presentation of the Palmetto jewelry to benefit Woodlands Trail and Park. Ms. Faget described the early historical use of the Palmetto to create thatch roofs and its other contributions to the early economy of Louisiana. Following the presentation, participants enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by Chevron Oronite, Oak Point Plant.
Michael D. Beaver, J.D., Interim CEO for Meadowcrest Hospital and Katie Brasted chose the newly refurbished courtyard of Meadowcrest Hospital for the presentation of a contribution to Woodlands Trail and Park. Mr. Beaver expressed that the natural setting was fitting for the delivery of a contribution to Woodlands efforts to provide a quality of life amenity to the community that will provide increased opportunities for health through fitness and outdoor activities. The contribution made on behalf of the Tenet Foundation and Meadowcrest Hospital will assist the Woodlands organization in re-establishing trails in the Belle Chasse community.
New Orleans, Louisiana. Mignon Faget and Woodlands Trail and Park agreed that World Wetlands Day, 2006, with a theme of “Wetlands and water - supporting life, sustaining livelihoods” was the perfect occasion on which to announce their partnership in “Creating a Legacy” for future generations.
Mignon Faget is a highly acclaimed New Orleans legend, well known for her jewelry collections inspired by the beauty and culture of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. The Mignon Faget design created for Woodlands Trail and Park was that of a Palmetto. Mignon Faget noted that it is the Palmetto or Sabal Minor that was chosen for the design as it is one of the most commonly seen plants in the understory of our precious bottomland hardwood forests. The jewelry to initially be produced as a pendant and a lapel pin was underwritten by ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate sponsor of Woodlands Trail and Park and efforts in uniting the river communities of Orleans and Plaquemines Parish with a series of educational, historical and recreational greenways. Our Lady of Holy Cross College was the host site for the press-conference and celebration of World Wetlands Day. Pictured above under the live oaks on the OLHCC property are left to right, Betsy Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, ConocoPhillips, Mignon Faget presenting the Palmetto Design, Katie Brasted, Woodlands Trail and Park and Carol Cowley, Woodlands Trail and Park.
Over 30 volunteers showed up on Woodlands Trail Work Weekend to help re-establish Woodlands Trail - America's Wetland Birding Trail. Thanks to Dr. Barbara Benson and her University of Louisiana Lafayette students, Louisiana Hiking Club and area volunteers for making this a fun and productive weekend! Special Thanks to Meme's Catering, Chevron Oronite, Oak Point Plant for providing our picnic lunch, Popeye's on Belle Chasse Hwy., Home-Depot for needed supplies and the US Coast Guard for easing our access to the trail site.
ULL Students, Louiisana Hiking Club and Volunteers take a rest ULL & LHC ponder their balance before crossing the stream ULL students listen to David Bathel, Lead Environmental
at the end of the day of re-establishing trails via fallen trees Engineer explain his activities at Chevron Oronite
New Orleans, Louisiana. In an effort to begin recapturing Woodlands Trail-America’s Wetland Birding Trail, Woodlands Trail and Park has scheduled a work weekend at the beginning of February. Dr. Barbara Benson, professor of University of Louisiana, Lafayette, has volunteered her students in Naturalist and Docent Practices to take on the massive task of re-marking the 13.6 miles of trails within the bottomland hardwood forest in Belle Chasse. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Woodlands Trail had completed the work of marking and hand-clearing 13.6 miles of trails to be used by birdwatchers, hikers, horseback riders and other outdoor enthusiasts. The public was first given a bird’s eye view of Woodlands Trail on June 04, 2005, National Trails Day. Although the forested area provided a major wind damage protection to the surrounding residential areas during the recent hurricane season, approximately 60% of the trees have fallen in such a way to mask signs of previous trails and markings.
Navigation Electronics, Inc., Lafayette, has loaned four GPS Trimble Units and agreed to train students in their use to assist in re-staking the trail system. Students will be joined by the Louisiana Hiking Club and area volunteers to mark the trails and remove debris. The base for the organized work weekend will be at the future entrance to Woodlands Trail near the WWII Swimming Pool on F. Edward Hebert Blvd. in Belle Chasse. ULL students are arriving Friday afternoon and camping out over night to have an early start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The Louisiana Hiking Club is scheduled to arrive at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning to assist in clearing pathways. The LHC plans to camp out Saturday night and continue some trail clearing work Sunday morning.
Anyone interested in showcasing their debris removal skills or just wanting to spend some time in the great outdoors, please contact Woodlands Trail and Park at either (504) 433-4000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The misty morning fog did nothing to dampen the spirits or attendance at the first Woodlands Trail Classic - Fun Run and 5K family event held in Belle Chasse. Participants donned New Year's party hats, courtesy of Party City, and proceeded to "Les Bon Temps Roulez" along the Mighty Mississippi River. According to members of the New Orleans Track Club, the Woodlands race had record attendance for a first time event. In addition to the over 60 individuals who pre-registered, over 100 individuals showed up on race day to register. Due to the substantial damage to Woodlands Trail, the race route was unable to include portions of Woodlands Trail-America's Wetland Birding Trail. Thanks to Tulane University's generous agreement to allow Woodlands Trail and Park to utilize their property for the race, participants were able to have a glimpse of bottomland hardwoods and WWII Ammunition Magazines that are similar in characteristic to sites to be seen along the future Woodlands Trail route. Following the race, participants and non-race participants enjoyed music by "The Stargeezers" and food and drink provided by Algiers Morning Edition Kiwanis Club, Aurora Country Club Catering, Plaquemines Historic Association, Abita Brewing Company and Corn and Crane Creative. Pictures of the Woodlands Trail Classic are available under "Events" . Thanks to Phil Casper, additional pictures can be viewed at www.ctghost.com .
The Woodlands, Texas ----On Tuesday, November 29, 2005, the AIM Group, Inc. became the latest sponsor of the Woodlands Trail Classic, a 5K and 1-mile Fun Run family event to be held in the Greater New Orleans area on December 31, 2005. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization, Woodlands Trail and Park, in their long-standing mission to unite the river communities of Orleans and Plaquemines parish with a series of educational, recreational and historical greenways.
"All geographical areas require homes, bridges, roads and other basic infrastructure but without quality of life and sustainability of the environment, we won’t have livable communities", says Michael Child, "The Aim Group wants to ensure that future generations will benefit from the seeds sown today, and we want to urge others to also stand beside Woodlands Trail and Park and help them in "Creating a Legacy". AIM Group becomes sponsor of race, The Villager, December 29, 2005
Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. received a national honor with a grant from the Kodak American Greenways Awards Program in Arlington, Virginia. Funding from Kodak will help develop trails leading to a grouping of ten WWII Ammunition Magazines nestled in the bottomland hardwood forest in Belle Chasse. In addition to the grant award, Woodlands Trail and Park will be showcased as a national model for its innovative efforts to unite the river communities of Orleans and Plaquemines Parish with a series of educational, recreational and historical greenways.
The Kodak American Greenways Awards, administered by the Conservation Fund, a recognized leader in working with local communities to expand the nation’s network of linked open spaces, providing grants to non-profit organizations and governmental agencies to help develop new action-oriented greenway projects.
Woodlands Trail and Park is one of only 47 groups awarded nationwide for their innovative local efforts to connect greenway corridors that help preserve a sense of place to a growing community. According to the Conservation Fund’s President, Larry Selzer, "The projects selected this year represent some of the best grassroots efforts of conservation and greenway development efforts in the United States. The Fund supports these local initiatives because they are thoughtful, action-oriented projects that will serve as models for other communities around the country."
August - September 2005
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina quickly brought unprecedented National recognition of the function and value of both Southeastern Louisiana's bottomland hardwood forests and coastal wetlands. We have done a preliminary assessment of the damage to the bottomland hardwood forested areas dedicated to the use of Woodlands Trail and Park and are in the process of applying for financial assistance to remove debris and re-establish and expand the trail system. As the region moves forward in re-building our communities, we will be even more dependent on private and corporate support to implement our smart growth and quality of life efforts in the Greater New Orleans area. Below are some pre- and post-Katrina images of Woodlands Trail - America's Wetland Birding Trail.
On Thursday, June 16, 2005, ConocoPhillips Company became a “Soaring Eagle Sponsor” for the first Woodlands Trail Classic – 5K and Fun Run event to be held at Cypress Park on Saturday, December 31, 2005. Following a check presentation to Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc., Betsy Brien, Public Affairs Specialist for ConocoPhillips displays the poster that will advertise the family event to be held in the fall. The Woodlands Trail Classic will include a 1-mile fun run followed by a 5K race beginning and ending at Cypress Park near the location of the future entrance to Woodlands Trail and Park. Following the event, participants will be treated to refreshments and live entertainment provided by “The Stargeezers”. Register on-line to participate in or become a Sponsor of the first Woodlands Trail Classic!
On Saturday, June 04, 2005, residents from neighboring communities to as far away as Carencro, Louisiana were given an introduction to Woodlands Trail. Interpretive hikes were guided by David Muth, Orleans Audubon Society and Richard DeMay, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Hikers were introduced to a variety of native vegetation as well as getting a close-up viewing of the behavior of young schools of catfish observed in the nearby swales. David demonstrated his talent in calling in birds for hikers to get a close-up look at migratory birds currently "fueling up" in this bottomland hardwood forest. Thanks to Chevron Oronite Company, Freeport-McMoRan and Plaquemines Parish Government for their contributions to making Nationals Trails Day a success. Woodlands received an unexpected surprise when the Wal-Mart Foundation arrived to present a contribution to the efforts in "Creating a Legacy" for future generations.
Students in Donna Mayard's third grade class and Jan Rice's first grade class at Belle Chasse Primary School were the first to view a recently developed Urban Forestry presentation on "Native and Non-native Species". The presentation was partially funded through a grant from the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. With partial funding from the Entergy Environmental Stewardship grant, Woodlands has developed a presentation to introduce students to Native and Non-native species they will see along Woodlands Trail. With future funding, Woodlands hopes to expand this project into other schools.
After a presentation on Native and Non-Native Species, Donna Mayard's students at BCP created cards to spread the word to others about visiting their "backyard, outdoor classroom" on National Trails Day. After a presentation in Jan Rice's first grade class, students were given a "sneak peak" of Woodlands Trail. Students gathered native leaves to create cards and received the added treat of observing the behavior of a native turtle.
Woodlands Trail and Park participated in the Old Algiers Riverfest on April 17, 2005. Residents of Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines Parish volunteered their services to assist in the Woodlands effort of "Creating a Legacy" for future generations. A special thank you goes out to Print-All for their response to our "late in the day" request to provide us with a banner to make our presence easily recognizable to potential supporters. Below are some pictures from the event:
On April 06, 2005, Katie Brasted, Founder and President of Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. received the first William Keller Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Award at the 55th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet of the National Safety Council, South Louisiana Chapter. The Award for Outstanding Community Service was presented by Elvin Thibodeaux, Chairman.
On March 03, 2005, Al Crawford became the first WWII Veteran to have his history recorded by Our Lady of Holy Cross student, Erik Tferffle. Mr. Crawford told Erik and observing OLHCC students of his assignment at the Naval Ammunition Depot in In Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Mr. Crawford also shared his first-hand account of his active combat in Sipan during World War II.
Erik Tferffle, OLHCC intern assigned to Oral History Project and Al Crawford, WWII Veteran, Belle Chasse resident
|Woodlands Trail and Park received an early "holiday present"
when Dave Singleton of Freeport-McMoRan presented Katie Brasted
with a contribution toward Woodlands Trail and Park's work done "in
and for the community" from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. The
contribution will greatly contribute to the development of recreational,
historical and educational greenways in the Metropolitan New Orleans area.
With the consent of Kiwanis President, Lourdes Moran, the presentation was
made during the Algiers Morning Edition Kiwanis Club meeting on Thursday,
December 9, 2004.
|Library of Congress - Veterans History Project|
|Louisiana State University, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History|
|Our Lady of Holy Cross College|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc.|
Pictured at Left: James Rabalis, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Dean of Applied Natural and Social Sciences, Dr. Craig Bauer, OLHCC, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, and OLHCC students, Eric Tferffle, Diane Perez-Parton and Jessica Hahn-Bries,
In late September, Woodlands Trail and Park met with Our Lady of Holy Cross College to discuss the myriad of mutual benefits in joining hands to move the community project of Woodlands Trail and Park closer to fruition. Targeting the collection of oral histories of veterans and civilians previously stationed on the Naval Ammunition Depot property as the first priority, plans were made to initiate the Woodlands Oral History Project. A tour was conducted on October 05, 2004 in an effort to give Eric Tferffle, an OLHCC intern assigned to the Woodlands Project and student volunteers a first-hand look at the geographical area which would serve as the point of reference for interviews.
Partners Launch Woodlands Oral History Project
|(left to right) Dr. Craig Bauer, Professor of History and Political Science, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Jennifer Abraham, Interim Director, LSU, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, Katie Brasted, Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc.||(left to right) Dr. Craig Bauer, Jessica Hahn-Bries, Student volunteer, Victoria Bui, Student volunteer, Jennifer Abraham, Eric Tferffle, Student Intern, Katie Brasted. Participating but not pictured above: John Cowley, Sr. Helen Fontenot, M.S.C., OLHCC, Librarian, Sr. Verde Frederick, M.S.C., James Rabalais, OLHCC, Dean of the Division of Applied, Natural, and Social Sciences||Victoria Bui and Eric Tferffle discuss aspects of collecting oral histories with Jennifer Abraham, Interim Director, LSU, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History|
On October 22, 2004, a Workshop, funded by the Library of Congress - Veterans History Project, was co-sponsored by Louisiana State University, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, Our Lady of Holy Cross College and Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. Participants learned techniques for interviewing and recording oral histories as well as the specific requirements for depositing oral histories with the Library of Congress.
On Saturday, October 16, 2004, Katherine Celine Osborne, renown Soprano in the DC area, returned to her hometown of New Orleans with her husband, James Jenkins, pianist, to provide time and talent to the first fund-raising event for Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. Thanks to the untiring efforts of Carol Osborne Cowley, the creator and inspiration for this event, numerous volunteers and corporate assistance, an age-old tradition of Musical Salons was successfully reborn in the New Orleans home of Mr. and Mrs. Laurent L. De La Gueronniere.
During recent months, staff from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hiked through the bottomland hardwood forest in Plaquemines Parish and along the batture to identify native and invasive vegetation. Information yielded by these surveys will be incorporated into interpretive kiosks along Woodlands Trail and into other educational mediums. During the first two hiking expeditions, over 100 species have been identified. Below are a few pictures from those initial visits:
|ay of hiking begins!||Chris Reid, Botanist, Louisiana
Natural Heritage Program
|Patti Faulkner, Ecologist, Louisiana Natural Heritage Program, Habitat Section (front) Judy Jones, Contractor for Natural Areas Registry (back)||Field of ferns among Cypress||A natural mushroom garden|
On July 08, 2004, Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. became the recipient of Entergy's Environmental Stewardship Grant. Phillip Truxillo, Customer Service Manager, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish, presented the award to Katie Brasted, President, Woodlands Trail and Park. In addition to the oversight of the development of the "outdoor classroom", funding from the Environmental Stewardship Grant will be used to further develop educational materials regarding native and invasive species, wildlife, resident and migratory birds and other elements of the cultural and military history unique to this region.
On May 28, 2004, ConocoPhillips joined Woodlands Trail and Park in "Creating a Legacy" with the generous donation of $10,000. Pictured at left is Betsy Brien, Public Affairs Specialist for ConocoPhillips presenting a contribution toward the effort of preserving pristine bottomland hardwoods for future generations to Katie Brasted, President, Woodlands Trail and Park. Additionally, ConocoPhillips recently committed to partnering with Woodlands Trail and Park in their application for the funding of an Urban Forestry Project for youth through the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.
On Wednesday, April 14, 2004, Chevron Oronite, Oak Point Plant, a ChevronTexaco Company, joined Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc.'s efforts in "Creating a Legacy" for future generations. At a Press Conference near the entrance of the future Woodlands Trail, Mike Burnside, America's Regional Manager, presented Woodlands Trail and Park with a generous donation of $5000 to assist in the establishment of the Louisiana Great Gulf Coast Birding Trail. See articles below for more information.
During February, Woodlands Trail and Park provided educational materials on wetlands and their functions to a fourth grade and eighth grade class in Orleans Parish and a fourth grade class in Plaquemines Parish for World Wetlands Day.
Woodlands Trail and Park partnered with Ms. Kathy Johnson’s fourth grade class at Belle Chasse Primary to enter the River of Words poetry contest sponsored by the Library of Congress. Incorporating LEAP test terminology, Woodlands Trail and Park provided the students with a presentation on Woodlands Trail and Park, focusing on the environmental and cultural history of the surrounding watershed area. The students incorporated this information into poetry:
|A Legacy Unfolds by Mrs. Kathy Johnson|
|Woodlands Trail and Park by Dominic Avallone|
|Woodlands Trail and Park by Karah Bergeron|
|Woodlands Trail by Benjamin Beshel|
|A Walk in the Woods by Ruth Bruhn|
|The Beauty of Everything by Caitlyn Butler|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Found by Spencer Comeaux|
|Exploring the Wild by Jenna DePriest|
|The Plants and Beauty by Rebecca Dubois|
|On the Woodlands Trail by Mason Glidewell|
|Woodlands Trail by Nathan Hebert|
|Green Space by Hillary Majewski|
|The Woodlands Treasure by Sean Matthews|
|Leaves by Kasey Pineda|
|Watershed by Elijah Whitten|
|Mississippi River Trail by Joshua Woolsey|
Council Chairwoman, Lynda Banta, introduced an Ordinance to allow the World War II Ammunition Magazines to be nominated as a National Historic Site. On March 25, 2004, the Ordinance received the supporting votes of Councilmembers Mike A. Mudge, Amos J. Cormier, Jr., John J. Friedman, Lynda G. Banta and Joseph Clark.
An Ordinance to re-route/realign the Woodlands Trail and Park Route was introduced by Council Chairwoman Lynda Banta. On March 25, 2004, the Ordinance passed after receiving the supporting votes of Councilmembers John L. Bartholemy, Jr., Jerry Hodnett, Mike A. Mudge, Amos J. Cormier, Jr., John J. Friedman, Lynda G. Banta and Joseph Clark.
Woodlands Trail and Park was included in Master Transportation Plan submitted to City Planning Commissioners, March 09, 2004.
Local artist, Glen Weber, completes a watercolor of one of Woodlands Trail and Park's conceptual designs of a potential trail entrance. The painting includes a potential interpretive center located on the foundation of the remnants of a swimming pool constructed during World War II on the Naval Ammunition Depot property. Glen is currently generously donating his time and artistic expertise to provide Woodlands Trail and Park with a conceptual entrance design that incorporates "naming opportunities" for contributors along its' meandering fence line.
|Conceptual approach to Woodlands Trail with conceptual design of an Interpretive Center||
Conceptual Woodlands Trail entrance
The legacy begins with Plaquemines Parish President Benny Rousselle signing an agreement with Providence Engineering to conduct trail design and permitting required for Woodlands Trail's construction efforts to physically begin.
Dr. Wylie C. Barrow, Jr., Wildlife Biologist, USGS, National Wetlands Research Center and Richard DeMay, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program comment on vegetation
Coast Guard Officer inspects artifact
Dr. Barbara C. Benson, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC, Richard DeMay, BTNEP and Dr. Wylie C. Barrow, Jr. hike to World War II Ammunition Magazines.
|Osprey, an occasional sighting in one of our regions' last stands of bottomland hardwoods in the peninsula formed by Orleans and Plaquemines parishes. This one, captured on video Christmas Day, 2003 can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Osprey taking flight|
|Woodlands Trail and Park's display on Veteran's Day at the National D-Day Museum was successful in reaching out to service men and women familiar with the Naval Ammunition Depot property in Belle Chasse. Men and women from the Navy and Marines stopped to share their stories.|
Eighth Naval District Fire Station
|This Eighth Naval District photo provided by Sherry Troupe, Florida, was identified by D-Day Museum visitors as the Fire Station previously located on the Plaquemines Parish property during World War II.|
Thanks to all who volunteered and assisted in making Woodlands Trail and Park's display at the D-Day Museum a success. Below are some pictures from Veteran's Day.
|Murray Naquin, Dr. Rob Mann and Katie Brasted||Dr. Rob Mann and Murray Naquin||Murray Naquin||Katie Brasted and Congressman David Vitter||Congressman David Vitter and visitors|
Woodlands Trail and Park has been asked to participate in the "Southern Forests: Survival and Sustainability" workshop on October 25, 2003. Woodlands Trail and Park will present during the conference session entitled, "Conservation, Protection, and Restoration of Native Forests in Louisiana". The workshop is being sponsored by the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and the Tulane Green Club.
On August 12, 2003, Bill Keller, Mississippi River Trail Regional Representative and Pat Nunnally, Executive Director and National Representative for the Mississippi River Trail took a tour of the proposed Woodlands Trail route with representatives from Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc., the U.S. Coast Guard and Plaquemines Parish Government. Subsequently, the MRT endorsed the cover letter for Woodlands Trail and Park's Charter Membership Drive.
Thank you to all who volunteered their time on Thursday, August 7, 2003 to help stuff envelopes for the first major distribution of our Newsletter and Charter Membership Drive. Plaquemines Watchman
After a conference call with nine other states, Woodlands Trail and Park was asked to represent Louisiana July 19, 2003 at the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference (SETC) in Gainesville, Florida. The SETC has now redrawn their logo to include Louisiana as the 10th state participating in the organization. Attendance at the conference was made possible by The Friends of San Felasco in Florida who provided funding from a Florida Federal Highways Grant.
May 22, 2003
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary staff tour Plaquemines Parish property to review plans for a Scope of Work submitted by Woodlands Trail and Park, Inc. for implementation of a birding trail on Plaquemines Parish property.
During the BTNEP site visit, we questioned the name and history of the vegetation and turtle pictured below. Our BTNEP partners provided the following description of their name and origin. (Double click on image to enlarge.)
|Kerry St. Pe', BTNEP, describes the vegetation as Jerusalem Cherry, Solanum, a small, sturdy plant with dark green, broadly lance-shaped leaves. The berries are small round orange or red balls and are primarily on the tips of the branches. All parts of the plant are poisonous with the most potent parts being the green, unripe fruit and leaves.|
|Kerry St. Pe', BTNEP, describes the turtle as a Gulf Coast Box turtle, Terrapene Carolina. It is the largest of the living box turtle species and is common to bottomland hardwood forests.|
Mid-morning light filtered from forest canopy reflects on cypress
Below is a summary of the information provided by respondents to the support Petition as of January 06, 2002:
60% Horseback Riding
29% Bird Watching
26% Roller blading
99% Express desire to have access to Wilderness Park
01% No opinion
Comments: Charity Fund raising events; camping; polo; natural park with no bikes, rollerblading or skating; camping, camp fire/cook out area; walking, fishing, boating; Wildlife Photography; canoeing; picnics; looking at Mississippi River and the ships
Social - Provide a linear park which can promote family unity, strengthen friendships and neighbor relations.
Protect Habitat for Wildlife - Provision of an environment that provides a home to over 34 types of vegetation, 34 species of mammals, 77 species of reptiles/amphibians and over 149 species of resident birds. Provides one of the first "fattening up" areas for over 400 species of Migratory Birds.
Safety - Allow designated area for children to safely walk or ride their bike to a neighbor’s home.
Environmental Stewardship - A trail celebrating the unique ecosystem can not only result in protection for native plants and animal species but also improve the environment by educating users. If a sense of stewardship is developed, it will lead to responsible use of our dwindling natural resources.
Encourage physical fitness and healthy lifestyles
Allow planning for preservation of current uses as well as increased usage as area grows
Allow planning for safety, infrastructure and recreation to meet needs of today as well as the future
Historic Preservation and Access - A route along the Mississippi River provides access to the site of Stanton Sugar Mill and Plantation, Magnolia and Beka Plantations, ruins from Fort St. Leon and Fort St. Leon Plantation, Rockville community, World War II bunkers and other historic sites.
Education - provide hands-on environmental classroom regarding the wildlife and vegetation in this unique ecosystem
Natural Floodplain - In our area where several hundred acres of wetlands have been filled and developed, the necessity of preserving greenspace is a sound investment toward the prevention of potential flood damage.
Increased Access - Opportunities to view barges coming into the Intracoastal Canal with their accompanying flight of pelicans as well as increased access to other scenic areas along the "Mighty Mississippi"
Preservation of Open Space - Designating area for recreational uses may serve to encourage future riverfront developments to work with the community to retain current uses.
Public Health - It is prudent to preserve open space to serve as a filtering ground for pollution in an area which is largely without public sewerage.
|Chasing a Trail of Dreams, Times Picayune, May 31, 2000|
|Park Plans Include Plaquemines, Plaquemines Gazette, September 29, 2000|
|Park, trail proposed in Algiers, Plaquemines, Algiers Picayune, October 01, 2000|
|Picturesque stretch of levee has some drawbacks, December 20, 2000|
|Crescent City Cyclists, New Orleans Bicycle Touring Club Newsletter, Fall, 2001|
|Preserving the Lower coast, The IBIS, Newsletter of the Orleans Audubon Society, Nov/Dec 2001|
|Woodlands Trail and Park: Increasing Recreational Opportunities, The Currents, December, 2001|
|Park Plan - Visions for Lower Algiers/Plaquemines, New Orleans Magazine, January, 2002, p. 32|
|In a Lower Coast Community, Residents Try to Make a Park, Country Roads Magazine, April, 2002|
|Green Dreams, Times Picayune, January 17, 2003|
|River Road route feels like country, Times Picayune, January 23, 2003|
|Louisiana's Woodlands Park, Trail Blazer Magazine, July 15, 2003|
|Park Organizers Start Membership Drive, The Plaquemines Watchman, August 12, 2003|
|Channel 4 with Bill Capo, September 16, 2003 - Real Media for Broadband|
|Channel 4 with Bill Capo, September 16, 2003 - Real Media for Dialup|
|Channel 4 with Bill Capo, September 16, 2003 - for Windows Media Player|
|Park Plans to Create Legacy, Preserve History, Plaquemines Watchman, September 23, 2003|
|Trail planner seeking information on bunkers, Times Picayune, October 23, 2003|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, "Creating a Legacy", New Orleans Media Experience, October, 2003 (Powerpoint Show)|
|Birding trail is taking wing, Times Picayune, October 29, 2003|
|Bunker Mentality, Times Picayune, November 10, 2003|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 3|
|Trailblazing on the West Bank, New Orleans Magazine, January, 2004, p. 16|
|Levee along coast of Algiers has diverse scenery, Times Picayune, January 21, 2004|
|"River Chat" with Janice Buras and Guy Motsinger, CMA Channel 10, March 4, 2004|
|Grant will help protect Forest, Times Picayune, April 22, 2004|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Gets $5000 Donation from Chevron, The Plaquemines Gazette, April 23, 2004|
|Creating a Legacy, The Plaquemines Gazette, May 07, 2004|
|Woodlands Trail Painting, Times Picayune, June 13, 2004|
|ConocoPhillips Contributes to Woodlands Trail, The Plaquemines Watchman, June 22, 2004|
|National Wetlands Newsletter, May - June, 2004|
|"River Chat", CMA Channel 10, June 24, 2004|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Receives $5000 Donation from Chevron Oronite, Second Quarter, 2004|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1|
|The Plaquemines Gazette, August 27, 2004|
|Woodlands trail plan on track for success, Times Picayune, September 26, 2004|
|"new park to help preserve Old Treasures", The Cajun Connection, Spring/Summer, 2004|
|Fund-raiser to benefit Woodlands project, Algiers Picayune, Thursday, October 14, 2004|
|Community leaders give words of thanks. Algiers Picayune, Thursday, November 25, 2004|
|Preserving the Past, Algiers Picayune, Thursday, December 30, 2004|
|Freeport Donation, The Plaquemines Gazette, January 28, 2005|
|Alliance Supports Preserving Old Treasures through New Park, The Alliance, February, 2005|
|World War II Memories, Algiers Picayune, Sunday, March 20, 2005|
|Lower Coast Algiers to have hikes, Algiers Picayune, Sunday, May 08, 2005|
|Community Service Award, Algiers Picayune, Sunday, May 08, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 1|
|Woodlands To Host Hikes For National Trails Day, Plaquemines Gazette, June 03, 2005|
|Plaquemines Gazette, June 03, 2005|
|"River Chat", CMA Channel 10, June 09, 2005|
|A Bird's Eye View of the Park, Plaquemines Gazette, June 10, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail moves step closer to reality, Algiers Picayune, June 12, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail Contributions, Gretna Picayune, July 03, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail Contributions, Algiers Picayune, July 07, 2005|
|ConocoPhillips became "Soaring Eagle Sponsor", Plaquemines Gazette, July 12, 2005|
|American Heritage Rivers Initiative, Lower Mississippi, August 20, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail Classic, Community Report, Algiers Picayune, November 17, 2005|
|Sprint into 2006 in the Woodlands Trail Classic, The Watchman and Gazette, November 25, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Receives National Award, The Watchman and Gazette, December 16, 2005|
|AIM Group becomes sponsor of race, The Villager, December 29, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail Classic This Weekend, The Watchman & Gazette, December 30, 2005|
|Woodlands Trail Classic, Algiers Picayune, January 08, 2006|
|Chevron Donates to Woodlands Trail, January 27, 2006|
|Woodlands Trail Starts Clearing Trees, February 03, 2006|
|Mignon Faget "Creates a Legacy" for Woodlands, The Gazette, February 24, 2006|
|Lafayette Students Clear Woodlands Trail, The Gazette, March 03, 2006|
|Natural Makeover - Volunteers Clear Woodlands Trails, Algiers Picayune, March 23, 2006|
|WWLTV Channel 4 Morning Show with Eric Paulson, May 02, 2006|
|Designer Pendant Sales Benefit Woodlands Trail, Times Picayune, May 07, 2006|
|Woodlands Trail Celebrates Wetlands Day with Mignon Faget, The Plaquemines Gazette, May 12, 2006|
|Proclamations by Louisiana Wildlife Federation and New Orleans City Council, City Council Chambers, May 25, 2006|
|Woodlands Trail Holds National Trails Day Event, The Plaquemines Gazette, June 02, 2006|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 1|
|Proclamations Support Regional Greenway, The Plaquemines Gazette, June 16, 2006|
|Community News - Woodlands Trail, Algiers Picayune, July 02, 2006|
|Woodlands Tackle Invasive Species, The Plaquemines Gazette, July 21, 2006|
|Bridge Constructed at Woodlands Trail, The Plaquemines Gazette, August 18, 2006|
|Venturing Crew, Algiers Picayune, September 14, 2006|
|Gifts that give A leaf, a legacy, Wish Magazine, November, 2006|
|Woodlands Trail Nominated for Presidential Award, The Plaquemines Gazette, November 10, 2006|
|Trimble Donation Allows Course Charting for Woodlands Trail Classic, The Plaquemines Gazette, November 17, 2006|
|2 coming events are well worth family time, Algiers Picayune, December 28, 2006|
|Woodlands Trail Classic, Algiers Picayune, January 07, 2007|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1|
|University of Louisiana - Lafayette, Times Picayune, March 01, 2007|
|About Algiers, Algiers Picayune, March 01, 2007|
|ULL Students Cleanup of Woodlands Trails, The Plaquemines Gazette, March 09, 2007|
|Woodlands recipient of Coastal Stewardship Award, The Plaquemines Gazette, May 25, 2007|
|Community Report; Woodlands Trail, The Algiers Picayune, May 27, 2007|
|Woodlands Trail gets award for preserving nature, Gretna Picayune, June 28, 2007|
|Woodlands Trail and Park named Conservation Organization of the Year, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, August, 2007|
|Scouts complete Woodlands projects, Algiers Picayune, August 23, 2007|
|Washing Away, Times Picayune, August 27, 2007|
|Chass-ing the News, Algiers Picayune, September 20, 2007|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 2|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2|
|Sprucing up the Trail, Algiers Picayune, September 18, 2008|
|Woodlands Volunteers Celebrate National Public Lands Day, The Plaquemines Gazette, October 10, 2008|
|Woodlands segment on WWL''s "Green Show" produced by Dave McNamara|
|Volunteer Work Day, Gretna Picayune, January 22, 2009|
|LSU School of Architecture, Office of Community Design and Development, Partners with Woodlands Trail in Belle Chasse, February 22, 2009|
|LSU School of Architecture Partners with Woodlands Trail, LSU Today, page 2, February 13, 2009|
|Woodlands Trail and Park, Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1, Summer, 2009|
|Woodlands Trail thanks Chevron, Plaquemines Gazette, October 06, 2009|
|Woodlands Trail - LSU share conceptual designs, Plaquemines Gazette, October 15, 2009|
|Woodland Park, creating a legacy, Plaquemines Gazette, December 22, 2009|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Supports Benefits of Time Outdoors and Unstructured Outdoor Play, February 03, 2010|
|Scouts, Community News, Algiers Picayune, February 07, 2010|
|Woodlands Trail, Algiers Picayune, February 25, 2010|
|Ready to Grow, Algiers Picayune, February 28, 2010|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Board elects new officers for 2010-2011, Plaquemines Gazette, March 02, 2010|
|New Seed, Algiers Picayune, March 18, 2010|
|One man's quest to save his cypress, Plaquemines Gazette, March 09, 2010|
|Tree Planting, Algiers Picayune, April 01, 2010|
|1000 Trees Planted at Woodlands Trail, Plaquemines Gazette, April 06, 2010|
|Woodlands Trail Documentary Debuts, Algiers Picayune, November 28, 2010|
|Woodlands Trail and Park Film Reveals a Growing Problem with Invasive Plant Species, Plaquemines Gazette, November 30, 2010|
|Woods Work, Times Picayune, February 02, 2011|
|Woodlands Trail Fund Ride a Success, Plaquemines Gazette, April 05, 2011|
|Woodlands Trail, Algiers Picayune, April 21, 2011|
|Woodlands Conservancy in Lower Coast Algiers Competes for Prize, Algiers Picayune, June 23, 2011|
|Woodlands Conservancy - Community News, Algiers Picayune, September 26, 2011|
|Weber Creates Collection for Woodlands Conservancy, Plaquemines Gazette, September 27, 2011|
|Woodlands Conservancy - Community News, Algiers Picayune, November 13, 2011|
|Basking in the Sun, Algiers Picayune, December 02, 2011|
|Conservancy Seeks Help Planting Seedlings, Algiers Picayune, March 10, 2012|
|Woodlands Conservancy Newsletter, Spring 2012|
Woodlands Conservancy - Creating a legacy for future generations
Last modified: November 15, 2012