Posted: Jun 13, 2011 8:21 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Nature Conservancy has restored land next to three state parks, and is now working toward transferring those parcels to the state.
The group's director of conservation programs, Richard Martin, says they're the Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area in northwest Louisiana, the Chemin-a-Haut State Park in northeast Louisiana and Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in southeast Louisiana.
Martin tells The Advocate that donations paid for the Pearl River land, which will be given to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He says the sale of carbon credits on trees planted near the Bayou Pierre WMA is letting the conservancy sell that land to the state for far below its appraised value.
He hopes to do the same with almost two miles of riverfront property near Chemin-a-Haut State Park.