Atchafalaya Basinkeeper is the only group in Louisiana monitoring for illegal cypress logging.
We use flights provided by SouthWings to monitor the major forested basins in south Louisiana and continue to
expand our efforts to north and central Louisiana and other states.
Help stop the further destruction of our cypress-tupelo swamps:
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A majestic cypress-tupelo forest of the Atchafalaya Basin. Photo by Greg Guirard.
The campaign that Basinkeeper started 5 years ago to protect Louisiana’s Coastal Cypress Forests (including the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin) has reached its goal:
All cypress logging in coastal Louisiana has stopped!
Monitoring flights revealed that the last known cypress mulch facility in coastal Louisiana had shut down as of February 2009. From the air, we could not find any logging sites in any of coastal Louisiana’s major forested basins and there have been no trucks with cypress logs on the highways. We will continue monitoring and our campaign to stop cypress logging in central and north Louisiana and in other states.
Cypress forests outside coastal Louisiana are still being clear-cut to make mulch
Because of your support, Wal-Mart, and to a lesser extent Home Depot and Lowe's, have taken steps to temporarily address unsustainable cypress harvesting for mulch in Louisiana, but the struggle is not over. Our cypress forests still need your help! Please send an email today to ask Home Depot, Lowe's, and Wal-Mart to live up to their environmental commitments by permanently ending the sale of unsustainable cypress mulch, no matter where it is logged.
For more information on our cypress campaign, click here.