The Importance of Louisiana's Coastal Wetland Forest
"Louisiana’s coastal wetland forests are of tremendous
economic, ecological, cultural, and recreational value to residents of
Louisiana, the people of the United States, and the world. Although some two
million acres of forested wetland occur throughout Louisiana, over half are
in the coastal parishes. Large-scale and localized alterations of processes
affecting coastal wetlands have caused the complete loss of some coastal
wetland forests and reduced the productivity and vigor of remaining areas.
This loss and degradation threatens ecosystem functions and the services
they provide. "