FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2001
The Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrate the creation of the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge in Franklin, Louisiana. Advance media boat tour of bayou wilderness at 3:15 ? a unique chance to possibly spot the threatened Louisiana black bear. Rsvp for advance boat tour to Helen O'Shea, 704-376-1839, ext. 251.
The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the only NWR in the country specifically created to conserve Louisiana black bears and is a critical part of efforts to bring back this threatened native species.
Staff of the Trust for Public Land and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Friday, November 16th. Boat tour at 3:15. Ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.
Franklin Canal Boat Landing, Franklin. Take Highway 90 South from Lafayette to the Franklin/Northwest Boulevard exit. At the first stop sign, take a right on Chatsworth Road. Proceed approximately 3 miles and you will see the Franklin Canal Bridge. Cross the Franklin Canal Bridge and take a right turn into the Franklin Canal Boat Landing.
In addition to providing important year-round habitat for the native Louisiana black bear, Bayou Teche NWR also provides rich habitat for a variety of other wildlife, including wintering waterfowl, white-tailed deer, red and grey fox, bobcat, and river otter. The new refuge will be used for environmental education, interpretation, and wildlife-oriented recreation. When it is complete, the refuge will encompass 27,000 acres of important wildlife habitat.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting land for people. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than 1.2 million acres nationwide valued at $2 billion. TPL has been working in Louisiana for 7 years and opened an office in New Orleans in December 2000. The Wall Street Journal's Smart Money magazine recently named TPL the nation's most efficient large conservation charity, based on the percentage of funds dedicated to programs. For more information, please visit www.tpl.org.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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