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Award from President Bush to be Presented to Louisiana Team for Their Efforts to Save Marsh Wetlands and Wildlife


October 14, 2003

Elsie Davis, 404/679-7107
Glenn Harris,
Cameron Prairie Refuge, 337/598-2216

WHAT: From the air, the V-shaped terraces, planted with plugs of smooth cordgrass, looklike duck wings. About 27 linear miles of these terraces now exist to buffer winds and waves and stop wetland erosion, thus saving essential habitat for migratory birds, American alligators, and mottled ducks.

About 25 to 35 square miles of the Louisiana Coast’s wetlands are being replaced each year by open water habitat. This innovative duck wing project, begun on the East Cove Unit of Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge has been successful in restoring wetlands and has expanded to other public and private lands in the area.

WHO: Representing the President of the United States and the Coastal America Partnership (12 Federal Departments and the Executive Office of the President), Emil Frankel, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation, presents awards to Cameron Creole Watershed – Marsh Terracing Project, a coalition of 16 local, state, federal, and private organizations. Dr. Kam Movassaghi, the Louisiana Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development, Dr. Curtis Hopkins of Ducks Unlimited, and senior officials from federal and state environmental agencies will be providing remarks.

Some of the organizations involved in the Project include the Louisiana Department ofTransportation and Development, the Federal Highway Administration, the Cameron Parish Police Jury, Ducks Unlimited, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Miami Corporation, North American Land Company, and Shell Oil Company Foundation.

WHEN: Award ceremony will occur on October 20, 2003, 1 p.m. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., boattours of the project are available for the press. The 10 a.m. tour includes senior state and federal officials. Officials are available for interviews with the press at both of these times.

WHERE: Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Bell City, Louisiana.
DIRECTIONS: South of Lake Charles on LA Highway 27, the refuge is eleven miles south of Holmwood, LA.For a map, please visit the website:


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