Governor Bobby Jindal Applauds New iPhone App. and Partnership that Plants Trees in Louisiana Forests
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal applauded the recent agreement between iPhone application company, iPhactory, and The Conservation Fund that will provide up to 45,000 tree seedlings for the Boeuf Wildlife Management Area in Caldwell and Catahoula Parishes, with the assistance of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
San Francisco-based iPhactory recently created the new iPhone application - known as an "app" - called "iPhorest" (http://www.iphorest.com/) for the iPhone and iPod devices. To launch the new application, iPhactory is working with The Conservation Fund (http://www.conservationfund.org/), an American conservation organization, to plant trees in both cyberspace and in Louisiana's wildlife areas, which will be managed by LDWF.
Governor Bobby Jindal said, "This announcement is a great example of what we can do when we combine technological innovation with efforts to protect our beautiful forests and the natural habitats that make Louisiana Sportsman's Paradise. This commitment by iPhactory and The Conservation Fund will help replenish our forests. This worldwide iPhone application will also help keep folks everywhere focused on our ongoing recovery efforts in Louisiana, as we continue to build back our communities and our natural habitats from the effects of four hurricanes in three years. I hope folks in Louisiana and all around the world will check out this new iPhorest application and support our Louisiana forests."
The Conservation Fund selected Louisiana as a site for planting iPhorest trees, in order to advance the group's efforts to help restore forests along the U.S. Gulf Coast. LDWF's foresters have already designated 100 acres within Boeuf Wildlife Management Area with space for nearly 45,000 seedlings. For every iPhorest application purchased, the Conservation Fund will finance the planting of a seedling. The iPhorest application will allow Apple users to virtually plant, nurture, and grow virtual trees on their iPhone and iTouch devices through the iPhorest app.
"This new-age project gives conservationists from around the world the chance to reforest land right here in Louisiana," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "Our agency is very pleased to have been selected as the beneficiary of this initial cooperative effort."
The Boeuf Wildlife Management Area includes 51,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods and wetland habitat, which houses key habitats for diverse species including the Black Bear and "neo-tropical migrant birds" - birds migrating to South America for winter. The land also provides recreational opportunities for sportsmen, trappers, commercial fishermen, and other citizens who enjoy recreational outdoors activities.
Restoring the nation's forests is one of The Conservation Fund's highest priorities, and the group supports numerous public natural resource agencies across the country.
"When most people think about deforestation, they think about the Amazon or even Central America," said The Conservation Fund's Louisiana state director, Ray Herndon. "What they may not know is that we have lost more than 24 million acres of bottomland hardwood forest over the last century along the lower Mississippi River valley, where habitat destruction is more pronounced here than in any other area of the United States."
For more information on the new iPhorest app. that will support planting trees in Louisiana, please visit http://www.iphorest.com/.