Camp Salmen

Camp Salmen, LAPhoto credit: TPL Archives

In St. Tammany Parish north of New Orleans, alumni of Camp Salmen, a former regional Boy Scout camp, donated funding to help create a nature park there after TPL had helped the parish acquire the land in 2004 with key funding from the federal Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. Located on a quintessential Southern bayou, the camp had been closed for several decades. Still, former campers and staff felt such a strong connection to the place that they gave money to help restore buildings and build interpretive trails. The parish opened the park to the public in 2010, with a new open-air pavilion on the site of the former camp dining hall. Plans call for restoring the historic camp lodge as a museum.

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