Dear blog friends,
I’ve been off the page for a while. Busy, of course, photographing oaks mostly, exploring the Bayou Lafourche area around our home outside of Thibodaux and along the Mississippi River Road plantation country, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
This blog entry will feature a few of the photos I’ve made from those excursions, but mainly I wanted to make an announcement. I was just awarded a grant last Friday from the Lafourche Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau to create a self-guided driving tour of the historic live oak trees along Bayou Lafourche. The project will consist primarily of:
1) creating way-marker signs near the two major highways flanking the bayou that will contain numbers and a tour logo;
2) photographing the trees, and,
3) writing text for a Live Oak Tour brochure and website about the history of the oaks and their location in relation to the history and settlement of Lafourche Parish.
The self-guided tour will enable visitors to explore the area and learn of its history through the location of its historic oaks.
I’ll be posting photos and text here on my blog, as well as on the Lafourche Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) blog, and a special CVB website throughout the duration of the project.
My goal is to install 50 way-marker signs and all of the related content within the next 9 to 12 months. Phase two (in 2017) of this project will be to launch an annual symposium in Thibodaux on live oak care and conservation — to bring all of the best scientific minds together to share information on how to keep live oaks healthy longer.
I’m very excited about this project and feel it could be one small step for the future of live oak conservation in Lafourche Parish, and one large step for live oak conservation across the state.