Our Views: Wildlife area gets bigger

Among the good-news stories of this still-young year is the growth of the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, which just added 11,415 acres of wildlife habitat as part of the settlement of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The added acreage increases the size of the management area by 10 percent.

The added acreage includes a portion of the Natalbany and Tickfaw rivers and the Tickfaw’s confluence with the northern side of Lake Maurepas. In addition to its value as a wildlife preserve, the land within the management area provides an important buffer for hurricane protection.

Threats from coastal erosion and development pose consistent challenges to the preservation of wilderness areas in south Louisiana. Bringing more land within the protection of the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area is an important step in preserving such wild spaces for future generations of Louisiana residents.