“Friends” Basin News Update

Check in at the Friends of the Atchafalaya group on facebook regularly for your Atchafalaya Basin information.
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Friends of the Atchafalaya

Meetings of the FOA usually occur on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Check the facebook group page for the next meeting.

Our address is foa  a_t  basinbuddies dot org (type it like it sounds, not like it is shows here to reduce spamming.)

Please remember to pay your 2018 dues and help us continue to spread the word about the Atchafalaya Basin. If you don’t want to use the online link, you can send us mail at Box 82508, Baton Rouge, LA, 70884-2508.

Download the Basin Information Sheets!


Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF)

The FOA is an affiliate of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, led by Executive Director Rebecca Triche and President Barney Callahan. Visit the LA Wildlife Federation on the web or on facebook. 

LWF has published a coloring book for first time anglers in the Atchafalaya. You can download it from the LWF web site or pick one up from any event with an LWF presence.


Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA)

Meetings of the Atchafalaya Trace Commission, the managing entity of the Heritage Area, are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month at the old Capitol Park Welcome Center on River Road. (The Welcome Center is no longer in operation as a tourist information center, but it is still available for State meetings and for rent for public and private events.) Check the Heritage Area web site for details on the next meeting.

The Heritage Area has created an Area-wide driving trail which connects important historical and cultural sites throughout the fourteen parishes of the Area. The sites relate the importance of the relationships among the water, the people and the land in the Area. Go to the Trail Site for more information or to recommend a site for the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail.

The Heritage Area also supports the exhibits at the Atchafalaya Welcome Center on I-10 at the Butte La Rose Exit (mile marker 121.) Many new images are  displayed on new electronic displays, greatly improving the quality of the image displays from the old, worn transparencies. More changes will be made in the future.

To view the Heritage Area Management Plan, go to the Park Service site. More details are available on the ANHA web site. For other information on the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, contact Steven Fullen at the Heritage Area office.


Atchafalaya Basin Program (ABP)

The Program is working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to move forward on East Grand Lake projects, now that the Conservancy is a major land owner in the project area. TNC hopes to provide matching funds for some of the projects so that the Basin Program can leverage State dollars and get even more water flowing through the swamps.


Atchafalaya Basinkeeper 

Information on Atchafalaya Basinkeeper can be found on the web and on facebook.


Iberville Parish Museum 

The Iberville Parish Museum, located on Main Street in Plaquemine, across from the old Bayou Plaquemine locks and one-half block from the Mississippi River Levee, is working on an Atchafalaya Room. If you have any relics from the Basin that you would like on display, stop by the Museum on weekdays and talk to curator Meghan Sylvester.