A LOCAL WATERSHED RESTORATION INITIATIVE
Even the smallest patches of native landscaping can make a big difference to wildlife, air and water quality, and the communities within the Teche-Vermilion Watershed. As a member of our watershed community, YOU can make a difference. Reviving Resilient Landscapes fosters community-led efforts by combining the resources, people power, and knowledge of conservation groups across the region.
A planting plan was developed by volunteer biologists to increase wildlife value in this bottomland hardwood forest habitat and to address erosion on the river bank across from the boat launch. Several volunteers from the BVPA and the Abbeville Garden Club prepared the site for planting by removing non-native, invasive plant species such as Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera). On February 29, 2020, community members participated in a watershed resiliency workshop, planted twelve species of native herbs and saplings, and placed a seed mix of native plants on exposed soil. To provide additional native habitat and shade to visiting fishermen, three bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) saplings were planted on a maintained lawn across from the site. Landscaped with resiliency in mind, the reestablished wetland and upland native plant species will continue to contribute to a healthy watershed for years to come.
WETLAND PROTECTION AND WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
THE NEED FOR FORESTED SWAMPS AND COASTAL MARSHES
Wetlands play a critical role in our watershed by effectively absorbing and improving the quality of storm water, buffering storms in coastal areas, and providing habitat for migratory birds and endangered wildlife, and juvenile fish and shellfish. They also play a significant role in our cultural heritage and offer opportunities for outdoor recreation, ecotourism, and other economic activities. The loss of wetlands has drastically reduced these ecosystem services. By mimicking nature in our development practices, addressing sea-level rise and climate change, and managing exotic-invasive plants and animals, we can conserve and restore wetlands.
Our "Partners in Preservation"