Rockefeller Refuge Unit 4 Wetland Enhancement

Management infrastructure replaced on 5,030-acre management unit

Temporary sheet piles allow for de-watering of the site so construction can begin.

Temporary sheet piles allow for de-watering of the site so construction can begin.

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Ducks Unlimited started building a new water control structure in March 2018 at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish. Replacing an old, deteriorated structure that has been in use for the past 55 years, the new structure will efficiently and effectively manage hydrologic conditions within the 5,030-acre management unit. The new structure will allow Rockefeller Refuge staff to manage salinity and water levels to control habitat conditions within the unit throughout the year. The structure will enable staff to provide ideal habitat conditions for waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds. It will also protect and enhance the marshes within the unit by reducing salinity impacts. 

Rockefeller Refuge is open to the public for recreational fishing, crabbing, shrimping, and other activities such as bird watching and sight-seeing. To enhance public use, this project features approximately 320 linear feet of fishing piers that will be installed on the inside of the water control structure. The piers will be a great place to catch blue crabs, cast net for shrimp, or catch fish. This project will cost approximately $1.5 million and is expected to be completed in June 2018. Partners on this project include Ducks Unlimited, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Phillips 66, Coastal Conservation Association, Building Conservation Trust, and Axalta.