April 8, 2009|
From: Laura Harris, Director of Media Relations
ULM president and others appointed to serve on new honorary board
Cofer and 19 other prominent community, business and political leaders from across the state who have agreed to serve as honorary board members of the Friends of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Their help is needed to “expand support beyond the boundaries of the Refuge,” according to Wallace Hardy, president of the Friends of Black Bayou.
ULM Biology Professor Emeritus Neil Douglas also agreed to serve on the honorary board, said Hardy. Douglas is one of the founders of ULM’s Natural History Museum, which has partnered with the Refuge on several educational projects.
Hardy said the university has played an essential role in supporting the Friends of Black Bayou since its inception. ULM faculty members Bob Eisenstadt and Ann Bloxom Smith have served as presidents of the Friends of Black Bayou in years past and both continue as officers.
The Refuge is also a haven for a variety of ongoing scientific research by ULM students and faculty, and many faculty members have been active members of FoBB over the 13 years of its existence. Environmental education has always been one of the central goals of the organization.
The list of honorary board members is as follows:
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides a variety of habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife species. The 4,500-acre Refuge, located just north of Monroe, includes a 1,600-acre lake studded with bald cypress and tupelo trees, and is surrounded by swamps that graduate into bottomland hardwoods and then into upland mixed pine/hardwoods.
The Refuge is open to the public, without charge, during daylight hours 365 days a year. Besides environmental education for school groups, individuals, and families, the Refuge provides wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking opportunities for tourists and local citizens.
The Refuge Visitors’ Center and Conservation Learning Center are also open to the public.