For Immediate Release
Anne Taber Klenke
Adventure Tourism Director
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visitor Enhancements at Peveto Woods Sanctuary
Johnson Bayou, La. (June 30, 2015) — The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, using the balance of the 2014 monies from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, worked with the Baton Rouge Audubon Society to make visitor enhancements to Peveto Woods Sanctuary. The sanctuary is primarily Louisiana coastal woodlands which are critical to the survival of nearly two million tiny migrating songbirds who utilize this area for rest, food and cover.
Enhancements included new signage on Louisiana Highway 82, a 24’x12’ pavilion featuring four panels about the sanctuary and the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road as well as two benches plus a smaller lean-to kiosk.
"The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, and outdoor adventure, is the second largest visitor draw to our area” says Shelley Johnson, Executive Director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Reaching birders who filling up their birding life lists at Peveto Woods with information about the rest of the Creole Nature Trail and how critical this area is to birds furthers our mission.”
“Visitors now have interpretive panels to help them understand the importance of our coastal cheniers while seeking shelter from passing showers. The smaller kiosk has a log book where visitors from around the world can record comments and birds seen while visiting the sanctuary” says Dave Patton, Sanctuary Chair for the Baton Rouge Audubon Society which owns and operates Peveto Woods Sanctuary.
“The funds and assistance from the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, via Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Funds, made these improvements possible and are greatly appreciated by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society” continues Patton.
ABOUT THE CREOLE NATURE TRAIL ALL-AMERICAN ROAD
The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a National Scenic Byway and the only All-American Road in the Gulf South. This scenic driving trail became one of the first National Scenic Byways in the country when the U.S. Federal Highway Administration began bestowing the designation in 1996. In 2002, the Trail applied for and received its All-American Road status, meaning it is a destination unto itself. Today, it is one of only 43 roads to receive this elite status. The Creole Nature Trail is Southwest Louisiana’s number one tourist attraction next to gaming, and it brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to explore “Louisiana’s Outback” each year.