The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant will sponsor a daylong workshop on Feb. 11 for people interested in ecotourism and agriculture tourism.
Traditionally, ecotourism in southwest Louisiana has meant guided hunts and charter fishing. However, in recent years it has branched out into nature tours, airboat rides, wildlife photography, birding, kayaking/canoeing and hiking. There is also significant potential for tourism on agricultural lands. Many consumers are interested in how and where their food comes from and how it is produced locally.
The workshop will start with registration at 8 a.m. at the LSU AgCenter Calcasieu Parish office, 7101 Gulf Highway, and end at 3:30 p.m. Cost of the workshop is $25 for an individual or $30 for a couple. Attendees who register by Feb. 6 will receive take-home materials.
Topics to be covered in the morning session will include:
- Potential for eco-agri tourism on private lands,
- the success of the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival,
- legal considerations,
- moist soil management for waterfowl,
- marketing an outdoor recreational business,
- using public land,
- economics of ecotourism,
- and birding ventures.
Following lunch, the session will move to the boathouse at Miller’s Lake to hear about the Creole Nature Trail, alligators and airboats, wildlife photography and native plants. Transportation by van will be available.
To register or get more information, contact Twyla Herrington at 504-858-9826 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Savoie at 337-660-8519 or by email at email@example.com ; or Dora Hatch at 318-245-6791 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .