LAFOURCHE PARISH GAME AND FISH COMMISSION
Introduction To Restoration Plans
The Lake Fields/Lake Long Preserve (Preserve) ecosystem was significantly altered by marsh reclamation projects in the early 1900s and a upper Bayou Folse drainage improvement
project by the U. S. Soil Conservation Service in the late 1960s. The original Lake Fields restoration plan
by the Lafourche Parish Game and Fish Commission's (Commission)
provides a more detailed perspective
on the decline of Lake Fields and recommendations to restore the Lake. The orignal plan involved two independent but complimentary components:
redirection of Bayou Folse water into Company Canal rather than through the Lake, and creation of terraces around the Lake Fields shoreline.
The North Lafourche Levee District recently completed a mitigation project in Lake Fields and lower Bayou Folse that was largely based upon the Commission's original restoration plan. The Levee District was required to undergo mitigation for wetland alterations associated with dredging of Company Canal east of Bayou Lafourche. The Levee District selected Lake Fields as a mitigation site for the Company Canal project and future hurricane protection activities in central and north Lafourche Parish which result in wetland alterations. For several reasons, the Levee District selected Lake Fields as a mitigation site:
The Commission will work with the Levee District on future mitigation projects within the Preserve. Additionally, the Commission is also committed to securing other funds to complete the original Lake Fields and Lake Long restoration plans. Grant proposals will be submitted as appropriate funds from governmental agencies or conservation organizations are identified.
Several updated restoration project proposals for Lake Fields and Lake Long are currently available: