Cruise the roseau canyons of the Delta National Wildlife Refugeand enjoy what Louisiana offers right at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. While protected from the oil that BP poured into the Gulf of Mexico two years ago, the Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area, just to the south of the Delta refuge, took the brunt of the oil and parts of it are still closed.
Pass a Loutre and the interior wetlands and barrier islands at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico are Louisiana’s first line of defense against hurricanes, and as we learned in 2010, against gushers of oil.
1 Mississippi, founded in September 2011, is once again urging its members and others to write their Congressional representatives to urge them to vote yes on the Restore Act, to restore the Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana Coastal Wetlands as well as those in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It’s a tall order, because the deterioration of the Louisiana Coastal Wetlands is becoming critical. Katrina taught us how vulnerable New Orleans has become to massive hurricanes. Restoring the wetlands south of the city would do much to protect it. Click here to urge you representatives to vote yes on the Restore Act.
In addition 1 Mississippi had a recent article on the work of John Ruskey and Mark Clark of the Quapaw Canoe Company in Clarksdale, Mississippi to show us the Wild Mississippi at WildMiles.org. These gentlemen are canoeing the Mississippi from St. Louis south and documenting the wild places along the river and putting their images on their blog, WildMiles.org.
Quapaw Canoe first started showing people the beauties of the Big Sunflower River, which heads not far from Clarksdale. Now they are showing us the beauty of the wild lands on the banks of the Middle and Lower Mississippi. And they are not easy to get to. I live on the uplands two or three miles from the Middle Mississippi and without their canoe I have to travel across privately-owned wheat, corn and soybean fields to get to the banks of the river. When I was working on The Mississippi, I found almost impossible to get to the bank of the Lower Mississippi.
Only Chartre Island is accessible from the mainland and only when the river is down and I can hike the dike across the Chartre Island Side Channel. Once on the island I could find no trail that would take me to the bank of the river.