A Great Day in the Swamp: Pictures from the Spring 2022 Maurepas Paddle

We had an incredible time on our Spring 2022 paddle trip in the Land Trust’s Maurepas Swamp Preserve – where we own and manage 700 acres of protected wetland forest. Byron Almquist of Canoe & Trail Adventures led us through the beautiful landscape, while renowned birder and strategic conservation consultant Melanie Driscoll shared why West Pontchartrain-Maurepas Swamp is a designated Important Bird Area. This site is home to very high densities of breeding Prothonotary Warblers, Northern Parulas, and Yellow-throated Warblers.

Once we arrived at the hunting camp on LTL’s preserve, camp manager David Richardson talked about why good land management is so crucial at this important natural site. Wetlands act like a sponge that absorbs rain water and storm surge, which protects communities from floods. It’s never been more clear: we #ProtectLouisiana by protecting land.

While resting at the hunting club, we enjoyed a lunch of pastalaya, potato salad, and cold drinks courtesy of the club members. A perfect meal after a morning on the water!

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and thank you ALL for supporting our work as we protect Louisiana by protecting our priceless natural places. You can stay involved with this work by signing up for our newsletter, attending or volunteering at future events, and following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’re on social media talking about how important it is to #ProtectLouisiana by protecting natural places. Land protection is community protection, especially as storms and floods increase in intensity and frequency. As we work to educate the public about our work and mission, you can help by sharing our posts and events.

And if you are active on social media, join this campaign by sharing your pictures and videos of Louisiana’s important natural places! When you post, tag with #ProtectLouisiana. We will like, comment, and reshare!

We have a lot more pictures of the paddle trip on our Facebook album… check them out there!

Byron going over our route.
Bird sighting with Melanie.
Our guides and host, L-R: Byron Almquist, David Richardson, and Melanie Driscoll
Relaxing with lunch at the hunting camp.
A leisurely paddle through the bayous.

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