Last year’s dedication involved 1,500 participants and the planting of 5,000 cypress trees. This year’s event has a goal of planting 10,000 trees on state property.
In addition to the reforestation efforts, “Atchafalaya Basin Partners,” an educational fair, will take place on the Welcome Center grounds. More than 50 organizations, individuals, businesses, and departments of state government will be on hand to talk about environmental, recreational, and cultural topics associated with the Basin and Acadiana.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp band will perform. Volunteers will also be able to participate in swamp tours and canoeing, enjoy food and fun jumps, view live alligators and have the opportunity to meet Mike and T-Mike Kliebert from “Swamp People.”
A press conference is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. that will feature speakers like DNR Secretary Scott Angelle, state Senator Fred Mills, Jr., Evangeline Area Council President Gary McGoffin, Leigh Harris with Keep Louisiana Beautiful, and Mike Kleibert.
Those interested in participating can register online at www.eacbsa.org.