NOLA.com: Hundreds of Louisiana parks and wildlife areas benefited from canceled federal program

Congress allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire in late September, putting in doubt one of the country’s most effective means of preserving natural spaces. The fund has spent more than $215 million on 800 projects and property purchases in Louisiana. It paid for most of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and expanded a dozen national wildlife refuges, including Bayou Sauvage in New Orleans East.

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