World Wetlands Day 2006 in Louisiana, United States


Mignon Faget joins Woodlands Trail and Park in "Creating a Legacy"
World Wetlands Day 2006 - New Orleans, Louisiana
United States

Pictured above under the live oaks on the OLHCC property are left to right, Betsy Brien, Public Affairs Specialist, ConocoPhillips, Mignon Faget presenting the Palmetto Design, Katie Brasted, Woodlands Trail and Park, and Carol Cowley, Woodlands Trail and Park.

Mignon Faget and Woodlands Trail and Park agreed that World Wetlands Day, February 02, 2006, with a theme of "Wetlands and water - supporting life, sustaining livelihoods" was the perfect occasion on which to announce their partnership in "Creating a Legacy" for future generations. Our Lady of Holy Cross College was the host site for the press conference and celebration of World Wetlands Day.

Mignon Faget is a highly acclaimed New Orleans legend, well known for her jewelry collections inspired by the beauty and culture of New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. The Mignon Faget design created for Woodlands Trail and Park was that of a Palmetto. Mignon Faget noted that it is the Palmetto or Sabal Minor that was chosen for the design as it is one of the most commonly seen plants in the understory of our precious bottomland hardwood forests.

Brasted, President of Woodlands Trail and Park, noted that "we now have the nation's attention, it's time to show that we are not only working to correct past mistakes, but we are implementing smart growth land use decisions as we rebuild our community". Proceeds from the sale of the jewelry will assist Woodlands Trail and Park in their mission to establish Woodlands Trail-America's Wetland Birding Trail.

The jewelry was underwritten by ConocoPhillips, a long-time corporate sponsor of Woodlands Trail and Park and efforts in uniting the river communities of Orleans and Plaquemines Parish with a series of educational, historical and recreational greenways. The Palmetto will initially be produced as a lapel pin and pendant. Pre-sale will be available at It is planned that the jewelry will be ready for release at the beginning of May in celebration of America's Wetland Month.

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