Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA - Hydrology Restoration

New: Pointe-aux-Chenes Fact Sheet

Restoration Strategy: This project will restore historic salinities and hydrology to 4,736 acres of degraded marsh on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA through installation of 4 hydrologic structures and construction of 1 exterior levee. Erosion, salt-water intrusion, and increased turbidity have degraded the once vast fresh, intermediate, and brackish marshes of southeast Louisiana. At least two ecological functions are restored on this acreage: (1) the ability of the ecosystem to support migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds is increased by improving productivity of submerged aquatic vegetation; and (2) reestablishment of submerged aquatics usually leads to plant succession, eventually restoring large areas of degraded open marsh to a more natural interspersion of emergent marsh and open-water ponds providing numerous benefits to waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and estuarine-dependent fish species. The LDWF will manage the area to maintain high quality coastal wetlands habitat for wintering waterfowl, while providing additional duck hunting opportunities for local waterfowlers.

Location: Approx. 3 miles east of Montegut, LA (Terrebonne Parish)

Acres Impacted: 4,736 acres

Habitat Type: Estuarine Emergent Marsh
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

Partners:  Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
North American Wetlands Conservation Council
Ducks Unlimited, Inc
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
LaTerre Company, Ltd.
Burlington Resources

Timeline:  Construction will begin in spring 2005

DU Contact: 

Bob Dew

Regional Biologist
646 Cajundome Blvd., Ste. 180
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 291-3065