Jun 24, 2012 12:54 PM by Associated Press
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Hiking trails, vehicle trails, fishing piers, campsites and an observation deck could be part of plans make the Atchafalaya Basin more welcoming to the public. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on a public access plan for land it owns around the river, The Advocate (http://bit.ly/KTyOPg ) reports. Much of the land is in the Indian Bayou recreation area, a 28,500 tract in St. Martin and St. Landry parishes north of Interstate 10. The new plan continues to addresses water quality issues, hunting and fishing regulations, and conservation. But public-access enhancements are a focus of the updated plan. What gets built depend on how much money the federal agency receives. The deadline for commenting is July 19. ___ Online: Read and comment on the plan: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/news/view.asp?ID=579.