Conservation Stewardship at the White Kitchen

swamp-tree-veinsSince Katrina many of our waterways and nature grounds have been twisted and mangled. Sometimes for the good like when new land has formed and sometimes for the not-so-good, like when affected areas no longer drain well.  One such area that combines these two situations is an area in Slidell known as the White Kitchen Preserve.

I’ve spent a significant amount of time tromping through the swamp and woods in and around that area since 2005 and have fallen in love with its beauty, charm, challenges, and mystique.  Feral hogs have a gazillion superhighways throughout the pines and hardwood oak trees while incredible symphonies play in your ears.

Birds, including a bald eagles’ next,  line the rim around Wineskin lake, a small rookery filled with about six feet of fresh water spilled over from the rain and the Pearl River’s drainage.  It is a great postage stamp for bird watching, fishing, and taking a paddled boat out for a spin.  I am in the process of educating myself on this area so that I can be of help in properly maintaining this great treasure.  I have gotten in touch  with several individuals and am excited about being a part of true preservation.

God has given us such a wonderful place to visit and use for our benefit. To litter, abuse, and desecrate such a blessing is the height of mockery and disgrace.  Biohydrologist Tom Kennedy of nature-conservancy-logothe Nature Conservancy has been gracious enough to allow me to be infiltrate this community effort and soon I will calling a local meeting so that we can learn from each other and form a solid presence here in our area.

Stay tuned for more to come.

~ by ostrakinos on April 6, 2009.

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