RIDGELAND, Miss. – Dec. 4, 2020 – Chevron has contributed more than one million dollars to Ducks Unlimited (DU) to restore and protect wetland areas along the gulf coast of Louisiana. The $1.05 million donation will be used to enhance two key locations: Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in southern Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area along the western boundary of Vermilion Parish.
For the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (PACWMA) project, over 15,000 linear feet of new marsh terraces will be constructed in open-water areas and nearly six miles of marsh edge will be created, providing critical habitat for coastal fisheries.
“We greatly appreciate Chevron’s support,” said Bob Dew, DU director of development. “Marsh terraces are one of the most economical restoration techniques where suitable soils exist. The long linear segments provide a platform for marsh grasses to grow, as well as lots of marsh edge for fisheries. They reduce wave action and allow submerged aquatic vegetation to grow and protect adjacent marsh.”
Cassidy Lejeune, Manager Conservation Programs for South Louisiana, DU added, “This area is comprised primarily of brackish and intermediate marsh providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including waterfowl and other migratory birds and fish. The PACWMA is situated within Ducks Unlimited’s Gulf Coast Initiative, which is the continent’s most important wintering area for North America’s waterfowl.”
The project is also a priority of the South Lafourche Levee District and Lafourche Parish Government Office of Coastal Zone Management.
Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, said “Chevron is an active community partner in support of environmental stewardship, marine and wildlife protection and sustainable development. We recognize the importance of protecting biological diversity – the rich variety of life, its ecosystems and species, and the ecological processes that support them. We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnership with Ducks Unlimited and proud to contribute to the tremendous work they are doing in the community.”
Additionally, the White Lake WCA Hunting Marsh Unit project will help conserve more than 16,000 acres of vital coastal marsh in Louisiana. Ducks Unlimited plans to supplement existing water control structures with a large structure on the east side of the unit.
“This will enable Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) managers to remove as much water as possible when the Mermentau Basin is low,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “This is a high priority area for LDWF. The structure will help us reduce flooding stress to beneficial plants and better manage the habitat for waterfowl, whooping cranes and other migratory birds. We thank Chevron and Ducks Unlimited for making all of this possible.”
Once completed, these two initiatives will greatly enhance community protection, outdoor recreation opportunities and waterfowl habitat.
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved almost 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.