Posted: Nov 12, 2010 5:15 PM
LAfestival is a combination of a music festival, a fundraiser and an awareness project. The Atchafalaya Basin Keeper is a non profit that watches over the environmental water quality of the Basin and single-handidly stopped the illegal logging of Cypress trees in the Basin. The goal of LAfestival is to help the Basin Keeper by raising money for their legal action fund as well as by providing a venue for them to generate awareness about the cause of the Atchafalaya Basin. In Acadiana we all love great music so LAfestival is also a celebration of our local, regional and national music acts.
LAfestival will provide a festival experience that benefits The Atchafalaya Basin Keeper. This 501 c3 non profit is a member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance. The Basin Keeper fight a an uphill battle of stopping the illegal harvesting of Cypress Trees in the Atchafalaya Basin as well as protecting the water quality of the largest fresh water basin in North America.
Background - A...tchafalaya and the Basin Keeper
The problem is that the agencies that are required to enforce the laws that are on the books to prevent the logging of old growth cypress forests are under funded. The Basin Keeper strategy is to pay to have aerial photo reconnaissance collect the evidence of the illegal logging and then file a suit in Federal Court to force the State and Federal agencies to enforce the existing laws on the books. And this strategy works, but as you can imagine is expensive.
As is the case with most environmental causes, there is a strong industry coalition that is constantly changing state laws to make the efforts of the Basin Keeper increasingly difficult. Most recently a law was passed that now precludes Tulane Law School from filing these suits on behalf of the Basin Keeper and so now the only way for a suit to be filed is through the use of retained attorneys.
Schedule of Events
Music Line-up - Parc International Stage - November 13th, 2010 - Noon to 9 p.m.
Trees on Fire
Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears