What is at stake?

The Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) recognizes that Louisiana’s coast is home to some of the most precious human, environmental, and economic resources not just in our state, but in our nation.


Louisiana’s working coast is first in the nation for production of crude oil, second for natural gas and first in the lower 48 states for fish and shellfish.


The natural environment that harbors these valuable resources and priceless cultural assets is itself singular and precious, providing an invaluable habitat for fowl, fish, and wildlife as well as serving as an important natural barrier against hurricanes. 


The cultures indigenous to Louisiana's coast are some of the most unique in the world, comprised of generations and folkways deeply connected to bayous and marshes that characterize their communities.