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March 6, 2020 New Orleans, La.

The 2020 "See Irises In The Swamp" brochures are now available at locations around the New Orleans area. The last places to receive the brochures will have them and be ready to give them out by the end of next week. They are being given out free of charge.

The brochure lists five area swamp boardwalks open to the public that have Louisiana species irises that can be seen blooming in their natural habitat from the safety of a raised boardwalk. It was produced through the support of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, which has two of its refuges shown in the brochure.

The brochure was produced in the hope that families will go out to the boardwalks to see native Louisiana irises blooming in their natural habitat from the safety of the raised boardwalks. Gary Salathe, with LICI, says, "It is our belief that 'showing' is a lot more effective than 'telling' and anyone that has a chance to stand on one of these boardwalks to see first hand these beautiful creations of nature blooming in all their glory will understand the importance of preserving them and the habitat they grow in."

The brochure is available at area wildlife refuge visitor centers, State of Louisiana tourist visitor centers in southeast Louisiana and various outdoor oriented businesses in and around New Orleans.


February 6, 2020 Thibodaux, Louisiana

Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative (LICI) member Gary Salathe gave a presentation at the management conference of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) recently. The conference was held at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Gary was one of three featured speakers. His talk was on the iris rescue and restoration projects he has organized on behalf of the Greater New Orleans Iris Society (GNOIS) over the last few years and what projects he has planned in the future with the LICI, especially as it relates to the Baratiaria basin.

A number of the conference attendees reached out to Gary after the meeting with offers of help and ideas for iris projects that could be done with their individual organizations.

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is a partnership of government, business, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests, and individuals for the preservation, protection, and restoration of the Barataria estuary in southeast Louisiana.

More information on BTNEP can be found here:

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