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Great News for Our Bayou…

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Release Date:  January 21, 2015

Contact:    Corita Waters, corita_waters@nps.gov 202-354-6908

New Water Trails Designated in Louisiana and Michigan

WASHINGTON – Whether you travel north or south this year, two new national water trails provide the opportunity to explore and connect to America’s waterways.

Recognizing the achievements of federal, state, and local partners, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has designated the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail and the Huron River Water Trail as the 17th and 18th trails of the National Water Trails System.

“Expanding water trails nationwide improves the environment and adds value to local economies,” said Secretary Jewell. “The National Water Trail System helps people discover the natural beauty and history of local places and provides fun opportunities for families to explore the world around them.”

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, “The National Park Service collaborates closely with partners to develop these water trails, which provide health, social, and economic benefits to their local communities.  “These joint efforts help us reach new communities and educate them about the importance of preserving the natural and cultural heritage that can be found in their own backyards.”

The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail in Louisiana wanders for 135 miles through four parishes and 13 towns along a historically and culturally significant bayou. This trail promotes the natural beauty of south Louisiana and integrates the history of the people and the land while providing access for paddlers of all abilities.

The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile-long inland paddling trail allowing exploration of the river’s natural and historic resources and the communities along the river in Michigan. Offering access to flat-water paddling through picturesque scenery, the Huron River Water Trail has stimulated local economies, encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors and strengthened community pride, partnerships and collaboration.

The National Water Trail System is a network of national exemplary water trails that can be sustained by an ever-growing water trail community.  Water trails are catalysts for protecting and restoring the health of local waterways and surrounding lands.  They also provide a connection for current and future generations to the nature, history and adventure that can be found on the water.

Explore the entire National Water Trails System through a dynamic collection of videos, stories and pictures at www.nps.gov/watertrails. While you’re there, check out the online toolbox to learn more about best management practices from national water trails across the country.

www.nps.gov

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Frequently asked questions about the

designation and Paddle Trail are here.

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Party for our Members. Join or Renew your Membership now!

TECHEProject2015inviteJanuary 31, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at our business member’s place, Poche’s Country Club. Join us on the bayou for our Annual Members Banquet with Shane K. Bernard as Keynote Speaker. Door prizes, silent auction, bocce, croquet, and other outdoor games (weather permitting). Food provided, free LA 31 beer and a Cash Bar. Free to Members. So join or renew now!

The 1st TECHE Project Wood Duck Nest Box Workshop

Kramer-WoodDuckBoxesJanuary 10, 2015 -  A special event, “The 1st TECHE Project Wood Duck Nest Box Workshop” will be held in St. Martinville this winter just in time to get your nest box installed for the spring wood duck nesting season!  If your interested in learning how to build, install, and manage your own wood duck nest box, or if you just want to purchase a box already built and learn how to manage it for wood duck production, or if you just want to come learn a little about wood duck ecology, then this workshop is for you.

Bayou Teche property owners are our target audience, but anyone with waterfront property will benefit from this workshop.  Members get in free, and for the rest of you, the charge is $10, but you get a membership to the TECHE Project along with that fee.  There will also be a nominal fee for construction supplies, but this is the best deal around for acquiring wood duck boxes!

For more information click the tab under Events!