Baton Rouge is strongly influenced by water. Flat topography, heavy
rainfall, wetlands and the channelization of the Mississippi River combine to create a unique ecosystem that has been shaped over the last 300 years by
both natural and human impacts.
The vision for FUTUREBR is for the Parish to protect and conserve its environmental assets, and to foster a green, active, ecologically diverse and economically sound community.
East Baton Rouge Parish has an extensive existing environmental network,
most of which is currently held in private ownership. Existing parks, conservation areas, and preserved wetlands include approximately 6,100 acres of land which cannot be developed. However, the majority of the existing
park land includes recreation facilities which do not provide wildlife habitat or significantly contribute to the total City-Parish tree canopy. In fact, protected lands constitute only
two percent of the land area of the entire parish.
To learn more about Watershed Planning and the efforts of
the City-Parish Planning Commission, please refer to Information Bulletin 83.