The annual Natural Resource Conservation Service and St. Mary Soil and Water Conservation Service “Locally Led Meeting” was held last week on the fourth floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse. St. Mary Parish President and SCWD President J.P. Hebert are pictured above. The group included ranchers, farmers, local citizens and officials. The session included a demonstration of the benefits of LIDAR data and its uses by NRCS Area Engineer Ben Langlinais; State Forester Terry Clason, gave a presentation on the NRCS effort to work with the Restore the Earth foundation to reforest coastal Louisiana, and demonstrated how this could be done in conjunction with local agricultural operations; and Joey Breaux, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, led a group discussion of pressing resource concerns in St. Mary Parish. Those in attendance voiced their concerns regarding local natural resources and Breaux documented all issues mentioned. The group voted on top priority concerns: hurricane protection, coastal protection and restoration, nuisance animals such as coyotes and wild hogs, saltwater intrusion and sedimentation. That information will be forwarded to the state NRCS office.