Jun 17, 2014 11:06 Coastal restoration advocate Kerry St. Pé honored Coastal restoration advocate Kerry St. Pé honored Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program director Kerry St. Pe' hoists his paddle aloft to the applause of fellow participants at the Donaldsonville Boat launch, Thursday morning at the start of 2014 Paddle Bayou Lafourche, BTNEP's 13th annual, four-day, 52-mile water trip from Donaldsonville to Lockport. Donovan Garcia is at right. St. Pe' was paddling in his new kayak 'Harmony,' a wood-strip-built craft made primarily of Spanish cedar, with cypress, that he built himself over the last 11 years. A brief talk on the history of the bayou and the purpose of the trip preceded the adventure, which draws not only locals, but also participants from many other states. Advocate staff report June 17, 2014 Comments Kerry St. Pé, executive director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, has been named an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his notable service to the profession. Honorary membership is one of the highest honors the group can give to non-landscape architects. Since the association was formed in 1899, the society has inducted only 162 honorary members. Throughout his career, St. Pé has worked to protect significant Louisiana landscapes and to educate the public about the region’s fragile ecosystem. The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is a nationally recognized effort dedicated to preserving and restoring the 4.2 million-acre area between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in Southeast Louisiana. Under his leadership, BTNEP has mounted an aggressive outreach and education campaign and actively engages the public through volunteer efforts.