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    Cajun Christmas

    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Bayou Lacombe Center for storytime, cookies, and cocoa. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. FREE

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    Take a hike or beat the heat...

    Big Branch Marsh's Visitor Center offers free indoor & outdoor activities for all ages!

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Bayou Bonfouca Wetland Project

Habitat and Coastal Protection Go Hand in Hand


Using sediment pumped from Lake Pontchartrain, the Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Creation project will create over 500 acres of low salinity brackish marsh in what are now open water ponds. Restoration of this wetland area will improve shoreline stability for residents of St. Tammany Parish, and support waterfowl and estuarine fish habitat for future generations.

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Since 1996, a 110-acre site in Lacombe, Louisiana, has served as the headquarters facility for eight national wildlife refuges in the southeast region.

Big Branch Marsh is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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What's Happening at the Refuge

Page Photo Credits — Big Branch Marsh - ©Tom Carlisle, Canoeing - ©Bill Lang, Visitor Center - USFWS, Summer Camper - Laura Thomas/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016


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