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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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LDWF closes Elmer’s Island for beach and dune restoration

LDWF closes Elmer’s Island for beach and dune restoration

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a two-phase closure on Elmer’s Island for the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.

Phase one included closure of the Elmer’s Island access road Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17.

During phase two of the project, the west side of Elmer’s Island will close, but the east side and access road will remain open. This closure will go into effect Monday, April 20.

Construction for this critical habitat restoration project will begin on or near May 1. Visitors to the refuge are asked to yield to construction vehicles and equipment when traveling and parking along the access road.

The Caminada headland is located south and east of Port Fourchon and is a 14-mile long undeveloped beach that stretches from West Belle Pass on the west to Caminada Pass on the east.

The goal is to restore and protect shoreline habitats across the Caminada headland through the placement of approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of sandy material from Ship Shoal, an offshore borrow source. Atotal of 489 acres of beach and dune habitat will be restored.