Bayou Teche

Atchafalaya Basin, LouisianaPhoto credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bayou Teche, in south-central Louisiana, lies at the southernmost end of the rich Atchafalaya River Basin, one of the most productive wildlife areas in North America and the nation's largest undisturbed expanse of wetlands. The Bayou is home to the threatened native black bear and boasts the greatest number of bald eagle sightings in the state. For years, conservationists have sought to protect this rich wildlife area from development. In 2001, The Trust for Public Land helped create the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring 9,000 acres for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.