I’m in New Orleans this week at a conference with more than 200 colleagues from across the Central U.S. It’s been inspiring to hang out and learn from them. Early in the week, I got to go on a field trip to a couple of natural areas just north of New Orleans. Here are a couple photos from that trip.
We visited a couple sites where the Conservancy is working to restore longleaf pine savanna and similar natural communities. These photos are from a site that includes plants such as cypress, pitcher plants and myriad other species I don’t get to see at home. In fact, it was both fascinating and a little humbling to see all the plants that I couldn’t identify. For quite a few of them, I didn’t even recognize the genus, let alone the species! That said, many of the restoration techniques are very similar to those we use in Nebraska, so there was a lot we could learn from each other.
Many thanks to the staff of The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana for hosting us this week. I look forward to visiting again.