Jean Lafitte Park gets room to grow, extends protection


After more than a decade in the making and years of failing to become law, legislation that expands Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve by more than 3,000 acres, which could offer increased hurricane and flood protection for the West Bank, has been signed by President Barack Obama.

A provision of the bill, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, and Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Napoleonville, sets the stage for the expansion under the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which designates protection for more than 2 million acres across nine states.

The measure also authorizes the park to buy up to 5,857 acres of neighboring private lands from willing sellers. Upon the bill’s passage by Congress, more than 3,000 acres of federally owned land immediately transferred to the park, redrawing the Barataria Preserve boundaries to now include about 28,000 acres of wetlands. The new lands include cypress tupelo swamps, the Bayou aux Carpes swamp north of Crown Point and about 800 acres south of the Lincolnshire subdivision in Marrero.

To read the rest of the article and see the map, click here.


~ by vermilionaire on April 8, 2009.

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