The National Park Service is committed to involving the public in its decisions on managing park resources. Links to any current public discussions are shown on this page.
You can also become part of the Jean Lafitte team by volunteering at the park.
PUBLIC DISCUSSION OPPORTUNITY: Entergy is proposing to rebuild/replace an existing timber-supported 115kV transmission line that crosses the Barataria Preserve. The Ninemile-Barataria transmission line provides a critical power source to the electrical transmission system in southeast Louisiana. To learn more about the project including a map of areas affected and to find out how you can comment in person at public meetings or by mail or email, follow the link to the Entergy Ninemile-Barataria Electrical Transmission Line Rebuild project on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website. The deadline for comments is Saturday, May 20.
In summer 2010, Jean Lafitte was included in the National System of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). The system
- helps protect American marine resources by providing new opportunities for regional and national cooperation
- supports the local and national economy by helping to sustain fisheries and maintain healthy marine ecosystems for tourism and recreation
- promotes public participation in MPA decision-making
Inclusion in the MPA system will not change the way the park is currently managed. Fishing, hunting, and trapping will still be allowed in the Barataria Preserve.
Being part of the MPA system will benefit Jean Lafitte by emphasizing its role in Louisiana's valuable coastal ecosystems. It will also help to provide for enhanced stewardship of park resources and new partnerships among federal, state, and MPA sites. Southeast Louisiana sites already in the MPA include Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Breton National Wildlife Refuge, and Delta National Wildlife Refuge.