An Iberia Parish wetlands consultant and his do-it-yourself wetlands-restoration project are profiled in a story in The New York Times.
“Come the weekend, some people golf. Matt Conn restores his wetland,” the article says.
In 2010, Conn bought about 65 acres from a landowner who planned to grow sugar cane on the protected wetlands. State and federal environmental regulators intervened and ordered the wetlands restored. Conn was brought in as a consultant, and the landowner decided to get rid of the headache by selling.
Conn’s work included restoring the tidal flow of water to the property, planting cypress saplings, leveling upland fields and replanting them with native prairie grasses, and planting the bottom of ponds with widgeon grass so ducks and blue crabs have feed.