About

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Who we Are

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Land Trust for Louisiana works to protect our state’s valuable (and irreplaceable) lands and waters using  tools like conservation easements and land acquisition. In operation since 2005, we currently have almost 10,000 acres in conservation all over Louisiana.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we work cooperatively with local landowners, communities, businesses, governmental agencies, and other non-profits to protect riverbanks, save family farms, manage stormwater, create wildlife corridors, protect habitats for migrating birds, and much more. Learn more about our work and conservation properties here.

As a Louisiana-based organization, we have fished our marshes, paddled our bayous, and roamed our woodlands. We have a deep understanding of how our natural resources are intrinsically linked to the health of our environment –  and how important it is to preserve our lands and waters in order to mitigate threats like climate change. In preserving Louisiana’s natural legacy, we know that we are positively impacting the health of our entire planet.

Land Trust for Louisiana Goals:

Promote Stewardship

Promote stewardship and conservation of natural areas through education and research opportunities.

Build a Coalition

Build a coalition of partners including landowners, community groups, municipal officials, and local, state, and federal agencies to achieve the mission and vision.

Preserve Waterways

Preserve streamside corridors and other buffer zones and natural areas.

Support Ecotourism

Support responsible ecotourism, recreational opportunities, and other compatible land uses.

Protect habitats

Protect valuable wildlife habitats, focusing on the most critical needs.

Conserve Land

Conserve agricultural and green areas to promote water quality, wildlife habitat, recreation, and heritage.

Pursue Professionalism

Maintain a strong organization & instill public confidence with a committed board, competent staff, a strategic vision, and policies, standards & procedures.

Land Trust for Louisiana is accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance Commission and is state certified by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. We are guided by the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices.

Manifesto

For Land, For People

In Louisiana, land is legacy. Our lands and waters have played a crucial role in the unique history and vibrant culture of our state, hosting communities and traditions that can’t be found anywhere else.

As stewards of the land, we are responsible for protecting that legacy while preserving some of the most fragile and important ecosystems in the state. By working to permanently conserve Louisiana’s lands and natural resources, we are ensuring that our legacy is one of sustainability, respect, and love for the place we call home.

Our Team

Executive Director

Cindy Brown

Cindy is a New Orleans native and has worked in environmental conservation for over 25 years. She was previously with The Nature Conservancy and has also served as the Louisiana State Director at The Trust for Public Land. She graduated with a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University and completed her undergraduate at the University of New Orleans.

Office Manager

Deanna Moritz

Deanna is a native of Baton Rouge and attended Louisiana State University. She has a life-long passion for land conservation and environmental stewardship.  Deanna previously worked in land management in Oregon for the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Division of Portland Parks and Recreation. She joined the Land Trust for Louisiana team after several years of supporting our organization.

Land Protection Specialist

Rick Jacob

Rick is a consulting forester and owner of Jacob Ecological Services, providing forest and wildlife management, conservation easement and wetland mitigation consulting, and geographic information systems analysis throughout Louisiana. A native of Covington, Rick graduated from LSU in 1989 with an MS in Forest Management and Economics.

Land Protection Specialist

Nelwyn McInnis

Nelwyn is President of Southern Wild LLC, a conservation consulting firm that specializes in habitat restoration; ecological habitat assessments; rare flora inventory; and wetland mitigation banks. A native of Shreveport, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a Master of Science in Botany from Louisiana Tech University.

Ornithology Consultant

Melanie Driscoll

Melanie is a contractor who provides expertise on ecology, conservation, birds and habitats to help organizations meet their strategic conservation goals. She has worked in this capacity with the National Audubon Society, The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, Knock Knock Children’s Museum, and Audubon Florida. Melanie developed the Important Bird Areas program for Audubon Louisiana, and led the expansion of Audubon’s Gulf Coast coastal bird stewardship programs.

Communications & Marketing

Joanna Brown

Joanna is a Lafayette-based writer primarily focused on messaging and strategic communications for Louisiana- and Gulf Coast-based organizations. Her previous experience includes work in community organizing and public health program management. She graduated with an MSc in Sociology from Oxford University, an MA in International Affairs from Boston University, and a BA in History from Louisiana State University.

Board of Directors executive committee

CEO

Dr. Jay Addison

A founding member, CEO, and past president of Land Trust for Louisiana, Jay and his wife Ellen own Pine Knoll Farm located on the scenic Tangipahoa River. A veterinarian and ardent conservationist, Dr. Addison is a member of various land conservation organizations across the country. His extensive travels throughout the U.S. have given him the opportunity to see firsthand how other regions approach land conservation.

Board President & Treasurer

Edward Burns

Ed has served in various civic and professional organizations such as the Hammond Rotary Club, Louisiana Society of CPAs, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, and City Club of  Hammond. He earned a CPA degree from LSU and runs his own accounting firm. Ed was born and raised in Hammond, LA, and has two children with his wife Lisa.

Vice-president

Walter Antin, Jr. “Bud”

Bud is a Tax Attorney with the Antin Law Firm. He received his BA, MBA, and JD degrees from Tulane University and holds an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He is a Board Certified Tax Specialist and a Certified Estate Planning Administration Specialist. Bud also maintains his license as a Louisiana Certified Public Accountant.

Board Secretary

Marsha O'Brien

A native of Southeast Louisiana, Marsha is a certified project manager and MBA. As a long-time supporter of the Land Trust Alliance and The Nature Conservancy, Marsha has also served on the Stewardship Committee of the Catawba Lands Conservancy of North Carolina since 2003 and has volunteered with other land trusts and non-profit boards.

Board Members at Large

P.J. Demarie, III

P.J. is in the health and life insurance industry and is very active in the St. Tammany community. As former state president of Ducks Unlimited and an active member of that organization, he offers a wide repertoire of non-profit and fundraising experiences with the Land Trust for Louisiana.

Brenna Barzenick

Brenna is a co-founder of the Land Trust for Louisiana ‘Yoga in the Sunflowers’ event, a physical therapist, and co-founder and owner of Downtown Yoga in Hammond. She believes in the healing power of nature, and is passionate about the health of people and communities. In addition to her service on our Board, she is involved with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and the Geaux Yoga event, which raises awareness and provides local cancer screenings.

Stephen Swiber

Stephen is the Executive Vice President of the Diamond Services Corporation, a maritime company servicing the oil and gas and coastal restoration industries. Based in Morgan City, he also serves on the boards of MC Bank & Trust and the St. Mary Parish affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana. He is an avid sportsman and lover of Louisiana land.

Bessie Antin Daschbach

Bessie is a New Orleans-based lawyer leading a multi-disciplinary Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) team at Hinshaw Law. She has helped Louisiana landowners resolve claims against some of the largest oil and gas operators in land and groundwater contamination cases. Daschbach holds a certificate in Sustainable Capitalism & ESG from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Executive Education, and she is a long-standing adjunct environmental law professor at Tulane University School of Law.

Advisory Council

Fritz Anderson, II, Region President, Planters Bank and Trust

Dana Boutwell, Fundraising Consultant

David Campbell, Attorney (ret.) & Activist

Donny Latiolais, Watershed Coordinator, Capital RC&D Council

Bonnie Lewis, Professor of Sociology (ret.) Southeastern University of Louisiana

Jill Mastrototaro, Policy Director, Audubon Mississippi

Nelwyn McInnis, President, Southern Wild

 

Frank Neelis, Founder, Manchac Greenway

Michael Sharp, President (ret.), First Guaranty Bank

Britain Sledge III, Attorney, Tangipahoa Parish

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."

– Franklin D. Roosevelt