Protecting Lousiana’s Public Lands a Sure Path to Prosperity

Huffington Post

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Louisiana’s workforce. They account for 97 percent of all businesses in the state and employ more than half of all private sector workers. We depend on them to keep local communities thriving, but in the current fiscal climate, many small business owners are having a hard time turning a profit. Now is a better time than ever to help them get back on their feet, and new scientific opinion polling reveals Louisiana entrepreneurs believe protecting their state’s natural assets is one way we can help small businesses and local communities thrive.

There’s a reason why Louisiana is nicknamed the “Sportsman’s Paradise:” the state is home to 2.1 million acres of public lands, and wildlife tourism contributes $2 billion in revenues annually and supports 82,000 jobs. From swamp tour businesses to local hotels and restaurants, Louisiana’s public lands are important to the success of small businesses. Continue reading