“Water has always been essential to our culture and heritage, and this trail showcases this story.”

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser launched the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail. Nungesser cut the ribbon on three kiosk locations along the trail, which spans the 14 parish Atchafalaya Heritage Area in south-central Louisiana. Ascension Parish is one of those.

“The Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail is essential to our uniquely Louisiana story,” said Billy Nungesser. “Water has always been essential to our culture and heritage, and this trail showcases this story.”

The trail tells the story of how waterways throughout the region connected with the land and its people. The Water Heritage Trail is a self-guided tour that explains how water influences the land in the area, as well as the lives of those who live there. The experience includes stops at significant water-related sites that have impacted nature, culture, and history.

“By tying the 14 parishes of the ANHA together with the Water Heritage Trail we have highlighted the story of the Atchafalaya’s importance in shaping our history and future,” said Steven Fullen, Executive Director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. “I look forward to using the trail and its informational kiosks as a springboard for promoting our parish partner’s various educational and recreational events and programs.”

Congress recognized the region for its natural, scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in 2006. Because of the area’s unique blend of European, African, Caribbean and Native American cultures, it is often referred to as “America’s Foreign Country.”

More information regarding the Water Heritage Trail can be found at WaterHeritageTrail.org. Information regarding the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area can be found at Atchafalaya.org.

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