Reporter asks, "When do you start to see the ducks and other waterfowl out in this area?”
East Carroll Parish Farmer, Jason Kirkland, responds, “Starting in late August and Early September."
Kirkland says, "This oil disaster is going to last several years so anything I can do up this way to keep water on my property for the shorebirds, the water fowl and other birds coming down to keep them from going to the gulf that's a benefit."
If chosen, The USDA will work with him to manage portions of his land to provide food, shelter, and water to the shore birds and water fowl in hopes they will use it as an alternate habitat-instead of heading to the coastal wetlands.State Conservationist, Kevin Norton, says, "
Norton is with The Natural Resources Conservation Service.
He says the initiatives include portions of
Norton says, "It's a critical thing. The impact of the oil in the marsh could be devastating. We can't wait until we see if the oil does impact the marsh. We really need to start now getting that habitat in place."
Norton says they want to get between 100 to 150,000 acres of land developed for the project .
The signup will run to August 1st.
Anyone interested should contact their local USDA Service Center for additional information.