By: America's WETLAND Foundation | 5.23.2012
STATEMENT BY KING MILLING, CHAIR OF AMERICA'S WETLAND FOUNDATION
REGARDING FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF THE 2012 COASTAL MASTER PLAN:
"We have reached a milestone in Louisiana's ongoing efforts to restore the values of our eroding coast in Louisiana known as America's WETLAND. The Louisiana's Legislature's passage of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan represents a nationally significant comprehensive systems approach to coastal restoration and protection of one of the nation's most critical natural resources.
"The State is doing its part to secure important economic and environmental assets that serve America by providing abundant energy, seafood, and agricultural resources, as well as the world's largest port and navigation systems that underpin the U.S. economy and economies of 31 states served by the Mississippi River. Now, we call on the Federal Government to act accordingly and fund key projects in the Master Plan to thus ensure that our coast is less vulnerable to the rising tide and the greatest continuous loss of land on the planet."
The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The America's Energy Coast initiative works to sustain the environmental and economic assets of the Gulf Coast region. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit www.americaswetland.com or www.futureofthegulfcoast.org.
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