Wetland Mitigation Farm

The National Wetlands Mitigation Action Plan was enacted by the federal government in 2002.  Its goal is to maintain no net loss of U.S. wetlands.  This means using a credit system to ensure that any wetland loss is offset by the planting of new wetland species elsewhere.  This credit system works by allowing businesses or … Continue reading

Birding in Couturie Forest

Couturie Forest is a small 33 acre preserve enveloped within the lagoon system of New Orlean’s City Park.  The established plant communities sustained heavy damage after Hurricane Katrina, and invasive species began to take over the forest.  A Master Plan for the forest was drawn up by a local LA firm – Spackman, Mossop + … Continue reading

Fall Colors at Clark’s Creek

Clark’s Creek in the late Fall is quite stunning with the foliage of Beech Trees and other native plants changing subtly as they senesce.   The hike was beautiful and showcased the delicate orange, red, and yellow leaves set against an evergreen backdrop of Magnolia and Pine.  The water level was low, with trickles dripping … Continue reading