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Who Are We?

We are a partnership of government, business, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests, and individuals for the preservation, protection, and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana.

If you live, work, or play in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary or are one of the millions that use its resources across the nation, you have a vested interest in its restoration.

What’s Going On?

Upcoming BTNEP Public Events

BTNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

April 16, 2018 – May 23, 2018
Open for Public Review

BTNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

April 16, 2018 – May 23, 2018
Open for Public Review

News & Events

Gulf NEPs Highlight Local Implementation of a National Program in Marine Policy

The seven Gulf of Mexico NEPs are very pleased to share our just-published article in the international scientific journal Marine Policy. In this article, we highlight how our programs leveraged our local and national partnerships to provide scientific expertise, unbiased information, volunteer coordination, and implementation of recovery projects and programs during and following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in our communities and throughout the Gulf.

June 7th, 2018|Categories: News|

Nicholls State University Graduates Receive Gift of Oak Trees

Acorns that drop in front of Ellender Memorial Library on the Nicholls State University campus have been collected, grown, and shared with seniors from the 2018 graduating class. Alma Robichaux, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) Education/Outreach Coordinator, thought of the idea from acorns sprouting in her front yard and thought it would make a great gift for anyone. Robichaux connected with Dr. Mary Jackson, Allied Health Instructor and Advisor to the Nicholls GREEN Club, to suggest the gift giving project. The overall idea to grow the oaks and give them to the graduating seniors originated from the Nicholls GREEN Club in hopes that they plant the trees to improve the local ecosystem.

May 21st, 2018|Categories: Press Release|

BTNEP Shares New Management Strategy with the Public

On April 16, 2018, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) will share with the public its updated guidance document called a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Since 1990 the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) has been engaged in the protection and restoration of the 4.2 million acres of land and water that lie between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers which has been at the heart of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. The modernized Plan has been revised and is now ready for public review.

April 19th, 2018|Categories: Press Release|

CPRA releases Story Map: Louisiana’s Working Coast

Today, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority released an interactive Story Map tool communicate the national significance of Louisiana’s Working Coast. This visually focused Story Map communicates the compelling story using narratives, photos and maps, and conveys diverse and poignant details that surround Louisiana’s vanishing coast and the necessity to create a more resilient coast through the State’s Coastal Master Plan.

April 4th, 2018|Categories: News|

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Marine Education Associate

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking to fill a full-time position within the education program. The position is based at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, Louisiana.

Intern Positions – Natural Resource Management / Barataria Preserve

Currently recruiting a pair of 8-12 week full-time interns (Americorps Stewards) to address management-informing ecology and environmental sciences (subsidence, hydrology) projects with the natural resource management staff working in the coastal freshwater wetland landscape of Jean Lafitte NHP&P's Barataria Preserve.

2018-2019 NOSB Question Writers

Are you a science teacher or a marine scientist with a strong interest in education? Are you interested in earning some money by working from home this summer? The National Ocean Sciences Bowl® (NOSB) is looking to hire question writers during the summer of 2018 to write ocean and freshwater science questions for our 2019 competitions. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2018.

Our mission is the preservation and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine system, the 4.2 million-acre region between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers.


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Migratory & Resident Birds

BTNEP has built the framework for the conservation of bird population that use the area through monitoring and educating the public on bird issues.

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BTNEP strives to educate the public on environmental issues and help teachers bring environmental education to their students in the classroom.

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Invasive Species

BTNEP aims to raise awareness and understanding of invasive species and create effective solutions.

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Water Quality

BTNEP is dedicated to educating and assisting citizens to take action on their own property and in their own lives toward improving water quality in our estuary.

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Through a number of projects and events, BTNEP strives to build relationships with the community to increase awareness about the BTES and the issues it is facing.

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Native Plant Production

BTNEP collects native seed and stock to grow out plants at our production facility for use in habitat restoration.

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Habitat Restoration

BTNEP selects project areas that are based on our mission of preserving and restoring the BTES.

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BTNEP volunteers play a vital role in habitat restoration, while also learning about important ecological and economical characteristics of the BTES.

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What Can Be Done?

It's not too late. We have a long term plan to manage our wetlands effectively.

The Louisiana Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary is the fastest disappearing landmass on Earth.
In the time you’ve spent on this site, 0 ft² have been lost.*

Upcoming BTNEP Management Conference Meeting Dates​

August 2, 2018
Plantation Suite @ NSU
November 1, 2018
Plantation Suite @ NSU
February 7, 2019
Plantation Suite @ NSU
May 2, 2019
Plantation Suite @ NSU
August 1, 2019
Plantation Suite @ NSU
November 1, 2019
Plantation Suite @ NSU