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“the free flow of air is always good for preventing respiratory infections” — Dr. Anthony Fauci

VIP Swamp tours with Eco Tours New Orleans explore a truly unique part of this area. Our land — what we call “The Estuary” — is situated on 1,500 acres of private property contiguous to natural bayous and waterways, and is an active part of the Louisiana State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conservation programs. The Estuary is a celebrated refuge for alligators and other large fauna, showcasing every ecological zone in the area as well as examples of hydrological infrastructure that tell the story of industrial impacts on our coasts. The Estuary offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a detailed cross-section of coastal Louisiana in one experience, minutes from New Orleans’ historic French Quarter.

As part of your swamp tour, Eco Tours New Orleans will point out the many processes and features involved in restoring a damaged wetland environment to health and vitality. Coastal restoration is a process, and The Estuary is a living, working example of how the restoration of ecological function happens. With Eco Tours New Orleans, you’ll be inspired, educated, and informed.

New Orleans Wetlands

On the east side of Louisiana, coastal wetlands intergrade with longleaf pine savannas, which support many rare and unusual species such as pitcher plants and gopher tortoises. On the western side, they intergrade with wet prairies, an ecosystem type that was once vast, and now has been all but eliminated. The larger vertebrate fauna such as wolves and bison was exterminated. The eastern coastline of Louisiana is much more susceptible to erosion than the western coastline because much of the eastern coastline was created by silt deposits from the Mississippi River. This natural process of sediment deposition has been blocked by an extensive levee system that directs flood water past wetlands. The western coastline is marshy, but the marshes only extend inland by 30 miles (48 km) at the most, then the elevation begins to increase and the marshes fade into solidly grounded prairies. Therefore, rising sea levels due to global warming and coastal erosion, may not affect the western coastline as profoundly as it will the eastern half, which may be replaced in open water over substantial areas.

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