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

BTNEP Releases New Guide on Identifying Ways to Control Invasive Plants

THIBODAUX, LA – In order to help local residents identify invasive plants and help control their spread, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) recently published a new residents’ guide titled Managing Invasive Plants. The publication identifies potentially damaging invasive plants and gives residents information on biological control, chemical control with herbicides, and techniques for manual or mechanical control.

July 12th, 2018|Categories: Press Release|

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|

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AL Part-time Resource Teacher Weeks Bay NERR

The part-time science tutor will be based at Weeks Bay Estuary and will work during the school year to develop, coordinate, and facilitate field trips at the estuary. The tutor will also develop and provide professional development for teachers and update estuary curriculum.

Now Hiring AmeriCorps Members for 2018-2019 Program Year

Mobile Baykeeper is hiring AmeriCorps Members for the 2018-2019 Program Year to fill positions covering three programs: 1) Baykeeper Patrol, 2) Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), and 3) Volunteer Engagement. These programs directly support our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities and are funded through the Governors Office of Volunteer Services.

Communications Coordinator – Mobile Baykeeper

Can you Live Tweet and Instagram story in one hand while holding a trash picker in the other hand (and a camera around your neck)? We are growing quickly and need someone to communicate our work like a pro, and take us where we need to go. The application period ends August 17, 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​

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