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Scott, Aleutia [1], Bennett, Jim [2], Rosentreter, Roger [2].

Barataria Preserve,  Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

The Barataria Preserve south of New Orleans is the park's wildest site with 23,000 acres of swamp, marsh, trails, and waterways, a living laboratory of Louisiana's endangered wetlands. South Louisiana's long growing season and abundant rain means it's a great place to be a plant. The Barataria Preserve contains three major plant systems: hardwood forest, swamp, and marsh, and is a good place to see over 400 species of plants. This is encompassed in an elevation change of a little over half a foot -  not much to humans but making all the difference to the park's flora.  Lichens and bryophytes are abundant mostly on tree trunks and canopy branches. Our field trip will be led by Park Naturalist Aleutia Scott, and Jim Bennett and Roger Rosentreter of ABLS. Please bring comfortable hiking shoes, and bug spray (mosquitoes!). Water will be provided. Restrooms are available at the Visitor’s Center.  Note that collecting will NOT be permitted, although we will look at lots of lichens and bryophytes.  This is a great opportunity to see habitats and plant communities that will be unfamiliar to those coming from more northern regions.  Do come and explore with fellow ABLS enthusiasts! If time and the weather permit it, we will make a short stop at Jefferson Davis Parkway to view the lichen lines on the live oaks.

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1 - Jean Lafitte National Historical Park
2 -

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Presentation Type: Activities:Field Trips
Session: FT09
Location: Lobby/Riverside Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Time: 7:00 AM
Number: FT09001
Abstract ID:1350
Candidate for Awards:None

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