Help Protect Atchafalaya Cypress Swamps

The St. Martin Parish School Board decided to log the cypress-tupelo swamps that it owns in the Atchafalaya Basin. However, in April 2012, the School Board will discuss the possibility of NOT logging its cypress swampland, afterall. It is critical that we ensure that the School Board decides not to clear cut the cypress forest it owns.

Here's how you can help:
Write to members of the St. Martin Parish School Board, urging them to keep School Board owned cypress forest alive and intact for today and for generations to come.

If you are looking for inspiration for your letter, follow these links to see examples of letters that have been sent or are being sent to the School Board. You may use any part or all of any of these letters.

Links to Sample Letters
Letter by Woody Martin, Delta Chapter Sierra Club, Chair

Letter by Greg Guirard, author/photographer, ABK Board of Directors

Letter by Cara Leverett, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Staff Scientist

ABK would like to thank our partners with the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club for their help on this issue.

Why not log the Basin's Remaining Cypress Forests?
Cypress-tupelo logging in the Atchafalaya Basin is unsustainable, once the trees are logged they will not regenerate, and the roads that they need to access the trees are illegal without a permit. The Basin is the greatest asset that kids who live in the area have. The School Board is only making about $148 per acre ($98,000 total for the timber) and it has to pay $9,800 to the timber company, which means they are only making $88,200--barely enough to cover the salaries for two teachers for a year.

Click Here for video of School-Board-owned cypress swamp slated for cutting.

Contact Information: St.Martin Parish School Board Members

District I
Steve Fuselier
1059 Sonny Drive
St. Martinville, LA 70582

District II
Wanda Babin
314 Elmer St.
St. Martinville, LA 70582

District III
Aaron Flegeance
2532 Catahoula Hwy.
St. Martinville, LA 70582

District IV
James Blanchard
1213 South Main
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

District V
Russel C. Foti
1005 Judy Street
St. martinville, LA 70582

District VI
Robert E. Hollier
P.O. Box 896
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

District VII
Richard Potier
201 Leonard Street
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

District VIII
Frederic Stelly, Jr.
1100 Carrier Rd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

District IX
Floyd Knott
1094 Bushville Hwy.
Arnaudville, LA 70512

District X
Mark Hebert
P.O. Box 10
Cecilia, LA 70521