Greg Guirard

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Greg Guirard

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Photographer, writer, and crawfisherman, Greg Guirard grew up in the Atchafalaya Basin. Greg’s grandfather was the Sheriff  of St. Martin Parish and  instilled in Greg a deep appreciation for the magic and mystery of the Atchafalaya. Greg has made a career of sharing the Atchfalaya in words and images to people around the world.  The Atchafalya faces many environmental threats. Greg has continued to advocate for the Atchafalaya Basin as a board-member of the Atchafalyaya Basinkeeper, a non-profit organization focused on protecting and preserving the environment of the Atchafalaya Basin. Learn more here: basinkeeper.org

South Louisiana was once covered by hundreds of thousands of acres of mature bald-cypress swamps. It was seen as an unending supply of cypress timber. By around 1930 there were no timber quality old-growth cypress left to be found. Many of the cypress swamps began to grow back but it takes hundreds of years for cypress trees to fully mature. Levees, flood control systems, canals and other human engineering has permanently altered the hydrology of South Louisiana. These changes in hydrology have made it nearly impossible for new cypress trees to grow from seed and regenerate the cypress swamps that are so iconically linked to the Atchafalaya Basin and South Louisiana. That means, cypress trees in the Basin that are logged now, primarily to make garden mulch, will likely never regrow and will be replaced with lesser quality or invasive species such as chinese tallow and black willow. Read more here.

To truly appreciate the Atchafalaya it is important to experience it first hand. The Basin is an extraordinary place to explore through hiking, paddling, bird-watching, fishing, etc.  Get outside and explore SoLa!

This is a map of boat launches (blue markers), wildlife management areas (green shaded areas) and Lake Fausse Pointe State Park (green shaded with white border) in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Greg's Images