The Nature Conservancy’s Atchafalaya River Basin Initiative is working with local and state partners to restore this nationally critical habitat.
We want our children to be able to enjoy this system the way we do when they’re adults, so that they can take our their children, as well, and we can pass on that enjoyment for the Atchafalaya to the next generation. Watch the video.
What we want to do is to try to make this a more sustainable system for the communities and the people that enjoy the Atchafalaya. We want to embrace that challenge of fixing the plumbing and trying to do what we can in partnership, not just the Nature Conservancy but working with the people, the communities, state agencies, federal agencies, whoever is willing to work with us, corporations, foundations to meet the challenge and try to make a difference here in the Atchafalaya. Watch the video.
The landscape constantly changed out here, because you know Mother Nature flowed her three river valleys down through here. The Missouri came down through here. The Mississippi came down through here and the Ohio. Everything came down the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya here, and the water used to spread out very well. Go in the woods, grab all the debris, the lilies, the fallen tree limbs, and everything and it pulled all this out and take it down to the coast to help with the coastal erosion. Watch the video.
I’m not an outdoors person. I don’t camp, I don’t fish, I don’t hunt. I’m from Louisiana but I just don’t do those things... but to come out here and find places and get shown places like this, it just takes your breath away and the silence. It’s like a cathedral setting almost to be in the Cypress that’s been there for 100 years and you still see the trails made by the people that harvested the original Cypress. Watch the video.
I think we’re smart enough as a nation to save areas like this. It’s as close to wilderness as you could get in the South, and it is necessary for flood control, for recreation, for cleaning the waters from thirty-one states that come down through the Atchafalaya. All these trees producing clean air. It’s something that I think we’re going to be smart enough to save, and I’m behind that all the way. Watch the video.
I have a place to go that I can get away from everything, the stresses of work, stresses of life, anything don’t exist for me, because when I get in that boat, and I come here, they’re gone, you know. So, I’m kind of blessed. I’m kind of lucky. A lot of people don’t have a place to do that. Some people do. Some people go to the golf course. Some people go to the gym. I come here. This is where I’m at peace with everything and everybody. Watch the video.
You’re surrounded by this cathedral of trees that are just majestic and just the peace and the quiet, except for the sounds of nature. You hear the birds, the wind, the water. It’s just a magic place to get back into some of those little, lonely bayous. It’s like you’re stepping back in time. Watch the video.
The Atchafalaya is conservation. When I talk to my kids it’s about me living my beliefs and, and putting things that I believe very strongly on the ground to be here. This, in terms of the Atchafalaya is something. It’s a magical place. And I, I see it every time I bring somebody here. Watch the video.
Life out here is all about the water. It always has been. I would love to see as much of it as possible be restored to free-flowing water as it was back during when there was a real community out here, because when the wildlife and the fish have water coming and bringing it life, then the people have a life, too. Watch the video.
I just like being around the water. That’s why I built my house right there on the edge of the bayou, you know. I can sit on the porch and watch the water, the boats pass. It’s just more of a calming feeling, I guess, being that close to the water. And out here it’s just the water changes all the time, you know, the seasons and the high water. It’s just pretty unique. Watch the video.