Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

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Christopher K.
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Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Post by Christopher K. » August 13th, 2014, 3:41 pm

The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation's largest river swamp; it has over one million acres of hardwoods and backwater lakes. The Basin run from Simmesport and runs ~225 kilometers to the Gulf of Mexico. BRAS' dark-sky site is on the Atchafalaya Basin in Ramah. Any portion of the Milky Way above sixty degrees can be seen easily, as can faint meteor streaks.

Dr. Bryan Piazza, author of a new book on the Basin, will give a presentation this Friday night, 7:30pm at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The lecture is open to the public and there is no door charge.

More information:
http://www.atchafalaya.org/page.php?nam ... laya-Basin

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Re: Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Post by Christopher K. » January 6th, 2015, 3:49 pm

The personnel in charge of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area are concerned with (among other things) increasing public appreciation of the natural resources of this multi-parish area. Hopefully, the natural resources considered includes the dark sky. There are ATC welcome centers in Vidalia, Marksville, New Roads, Baton Rouge, Sorrento, Port Allen, Grosse Tete, Opelousas, Breaux Bridge, Lafayette, New Iberia, Morgan City and Houma.

The next meeting of the Atchafalaya Trace Commission is tomorrow morning, 7 January, 10am at the Capitol Park Welcome Center. The meeting is open to the public.

7 January Agenda:
http://www.atchafalaya.org/events.php?a ... nts_id=587

Current Commission members can be found at...
http://www.atchafalaya.org/page.php?nam ... sion-Staff

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Re: Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Post by Christopher K. » January 7th, 2015, 5:37 pm

I attended the ATC meeting this morning. Commissioner J.A. Rummler, representing Pointe Coupee Parish, allowed me to speak using some of his floor time. I mentioned that a cursory glance at the data shows there was probably a record broken for most GLOBE at Night measurements in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.

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Re: Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Post by Christopher K. » December 31st, 2015, 10:27 am

The Atchafalaya Trace Commission meets next on Wednesday 6 January, 10am at the Capitol Park Welcome Center (702 River Road North). It remains to be seen whether BRAS will have a joint outreach with the Commission in honor of the National Park Service Centennial. There may be BRAS presence at the January ATC meeting to announce Louisiana's entry into GLOBE at Night's Over 100 Club.

More information:
http://www.atchafalaya.org/events.php?a ... nts_id=967

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Re: Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Post by Christopher K. » February 22nd, 2016, 4:05 pm

The Atchafalaya Trace Commission meets next on Wednesday 2 March, 10am at the Capitol Park Welcome Center (702 River Road North). The meeting is open to the public. I can't promise anything, but I will attempt to provide to Mr. Rummler I listing of 2015 GLOBE at Night measurements taken with the boundaries of the ANHA. Even if I'm not there on the 2nd he can enter the data into the record.

More information:
http://www.atchafalaya.org/events.php?a ... nts_id=968

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