The BTNEP Management Conference
In 1990, representatives from industry and business, fisheries, agriculture, oil and gas, government agencies, individual citizens, land owners, civic organizations, hunters, scientists, engineers, environmentalists, economists, and urban planners began a journey. But this was to be no ordinary journey, for it marked the first time that groups with differing points of view agreed to work together to protect and preserve the fragile resources of Louisiana's Barataria and Terrebonne basins.
Under the umbrella of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, these individuals, collectively known as the "Management Conference," have volunteered tens of thousands of hours determining the directions the journey must take to safeguard the estuary for future generations.
-CCMP Part II: The Estuary Compact
For the first five years, the Management Conference worked to build consensus in the development of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Today, the management conference meets quarterly to provide direction and oversight to the BTNEP Program Office as they implement the CCMP; a plan equally as vital today as it was when it was created two decades ago.