Posted: Jul 13, 2012 10:55 AM by Ian Auzenne
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 10:59 AM
The St. Martin Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources may have an agreement soon on what to do with swampland owned by the school board. DNR Secretary Scott Angelle announced today the two bodies are working out the details of an agreement to protect the 640 acres of cypress and bottomwood forestland in the Atchafalaya Basin. Angelle says a key part of the plan would create a "conservation servitude." This means the school board will be compensated in exchange for not removing trees or allowing any construction in the area. The land at the heart of this issue is located south of I-10 between the Atchafalaya River and the Atchafalaya Pilot Channel.