Sierra Club Delta Chapter to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act


In September of 2014 the Nation will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act. The Wilderness Act is one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation ever enacted in this country. We have three wilderness areas here in Louisiana.

Breton Island wilderness area was designated in 1975 and is 5,000 acres managed by US Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a barrier island in gulf waters 60 mi southeast of New Orleans and is part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is comprised of a series of barrier islands including Breton Island and all of the Chandeleur Islands in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

Lacassine, designated in 1976, is a 3,445 acre wilderness management area within the 35,000 acre Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Evangeline Parishes. The National Wildlife Refuge is primarily freshwater marsh. The wilderness area is located in the southern portion of refuge. The refuge and wilderness areas are managed by US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Kisatchie Hills, designated in 1980, 8,679 acres. It is called “Little Grand Canyon" and has some of the most unique topography in Louisiana - unusually steep, rugged terrain with flat-topped mesas, sandstone bluffs and outcroppings. This is the largest of three designated wilderness areas in Louisiana and the only one managed by the Forest Service. Kisatchie Bayou, a State Natural and Scenic Stream, flows through the area.

Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club will commemorate the event by planning some outings in Lacassine and Kisatchie Hills wilderness areas. Our first outing will be on Feb 2, 2014. This will be an auto tour of Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron Prairie and Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. The tour will be conducted by the Sierra Club Acadian Group. You can see further information on the Lacassine tour and other outings in southwest Louisiana at the Acadian Group outings page.

Here is a facebook page and a website about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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