Nature tourism project gets $115,000

Linda Benedict, Van Osdell, Mary Ann  |  2/25/2011 2:06:12 AM

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The LSU AgCenter has received a $115,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to help make the northeast Louisiana parishes bordering the Mississippi River a better nature tourism destination, said Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator, who will serve as project leader.

The funds will be used to form an advisory committee, which will evaluate the region’s cultural, natural and heritage resources, Hatch said. The information will be used to produce brochures and a website. The goal is to create employment opportunities based on nature tourism, agritourism, cultural heritage tourism and wildlife-related activities such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, outdoor photography, canoeing, kayaking and hiking, Hatch said.

Mary Ann Van Osdell

(This articles was published in the winter issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.)

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