Conserving the Wetlands of Louisiana

In years past, areas that were mostly wetlands in Louisiana and all around the world have been destroyed completely because they were seen as not being valuable for anything.  They were often completely drained then built upon, with homes, businesses, and roadways put in their place over time.  These days, we now realize that many species of plants and animals depend on the wetlands.  They also help to protect us from flooding and wind.  By destroying the wetlands, we have been suffering from the effects of it.

wetlandsplane1In the early 1970’s, efforts to help protect the wetlands began and are still going today.  More than ever before, the efforts are being backed, thanks to the educational materials that are now available that teach the benefits of the wetlands and their necessity to the animals. More and more people are interested in doing their part to help protect the environment for the future generations also.

In the state of Louisiana, where there are large areas of wetlands, a lot of effort has been put forth to protect them.  Oftentimes, travel is done in these places using watercraft.  This is an excellent way to travel through the wetlands and to benefit society at the same time.  Watercraft is also good for the environment, as they don’t harm the natural environment that the plants and animals there depend on.

Protecting the wetlands falls is done under the Clean Water Act in the United States.  Protection is usually dictated by the US Fish & Wildlife Services.  This service does continual research on the hydric soil that the vegetation in the wetlands depends on.  Also, they set up boundaries within the wetlands to determine where they start and where they end.  Signs are usually placed to make it easier for people to determine when they are in the right areas for fishing and boating.

Even though there are many programs in place that help promote protection of wetlands, it doesn’t always work.  Many times, developers are more concerned with making profits over taking care of the environment, so the wetlands suffer. Continuing awareness of the issues is an important part of wetland conservation in Louisiana and elsewhere.


Trout Fishing in Louisiana

Tp1457974659rout fishing is a big sport in Louisiana.  With the Mississippi River running through the state, there is ample opportunity to fill your freezer with these crafty fish.  The habitat that is native to trout is dependent on the type of trout you are fishing for.

The native habitat of the brook trout is from Labrador and wet towards the Saskatchewan.  On the other hand, the native areas of the rainbow trout is on the Pacific border from California to Alaska.

Brown trout, though, are in the waters of every state in the US except for Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas, and Oklahoma.  On occasion, there will be brown trout reported in the waters of these states, but no authentic reports have been recorded by conservation officials.

When trout fishing in Louisiana, there are several factors you will need to consider to have a good catch of trout.

  1.  The leader should never be greased for trout fishing.  The leader will not sink enough into the water to cause any problems when lifting the line and the lure from the water.  If it is permitted to float, though, it will cast a shadow on the stream bottom, potentially scaring the trout.
  2. Trout is one of the few fish that is usually caught by using a dry fly.  When fishing for trout, you should use the current of the water and the pools to fish in.  Occasionally, it may be hard to keep the fly from dragging or sinking because of the water conditions, but the angler will need to work and figure it out.
  3. It is not considered a good practice to fish directly upstream when fishing for trout so that the fly, line, and leader will drift over the fish.  Instead, you should cast from the side of the stream so that the fly alone will float over top the trout.
  4. Do your best to make the first cast a great one.  A trout that is feeding will typically strike at the first lure that is cast to float over where he is hiding.  The best idea is to fish on the lower end of the pool first, even if the trout are active in the middle or upper end of the pool.
  5. Many times, trout can be moody or very selective.  This may try your patience.  Try a fly that is basic first, then move towards trying out spent-wing flies or even a fan wing fly.

Catching trout in Louisiana can be a very fun hobby.  Just keep these tips in mind next time you go out to help you have a fun, successful catch!


A Visit to New Orleans

A visit to New Orleans is great for any family. Whether your family is history buffs, art lovers, of thrill seekers, there is something for everyone.

Below are a few of the exciting activities you can enjoy with your family on a getaway to New Orleans.

  • NOLA_introThe Audubon Zoo is a world class zoo where you can take an African safari, have a butterfly land on your finger tip, or watch the wild animals in action
  • If you are more into sea life, give the Aquarium of the Americas a try.  While there, you can take a tour of a rain forest, enjoy an aquatic petting zoo, or just watch the penguins play.  There are thirty different frog species from around the world in the “Frogs” display as well.
  • If you’re looking for some art and educational fun or science for your child, check out the Louisiana Children’s Museum.  The hands on exhibits will help to expand their young minds and are fun at the same time.
  • Take a trip through history at the French Quarter’s Cabildo, the most important historical building in the state.  This building is owned by the Louisiana State Museum and is the location where the Louisiana Purchase took place.  There are many historical artifacts in this building, including the death mask of Napoleon.  You can either walk or go on a horse drawn carriage as you travel through the French Quarter to enjoy the history, art, and architecture that makes this place so unique.
  • If your family prefers more adventure, you should spend a day at the country’s newest theme park, Six Flags New Orleans.  There are 31 rides throughout the 140 acre park.
  • If you’re looking for an adventure you will never forget, take your family on a Swamp Tour.  The alligators will likely swim up right beside your boat.  You will also be able to see a very unique ecosystem in action and learn just how important the coastal wetlands are.
  • For a more relaxed time, take a ride on the Canal Streetcar from the Mississippi River to the City Park.  This bright red streetcar includes air conditioning and is also handicapped accessible.

As you can see, there are a lot of options for your family to enjoy their stay in New Orleans.  These are just a few of the options available for you.