The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association kicked off its annual convention, held in Natchitoches for 2017, with a Welcome Reception at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum Aug. 11. The reception, hosted by the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (NACVB), included a welcome by Mayor Lee Posey and the opportunity for the writers to connect with local attractions and businesses that feature outdoor activities including Fort St. Jean Baptiste, Cane River Paddle Sports, Cane River National Heritage Area, Kisatchie National Forrest, the Cane River Waterway Commission, Dark Woods Haunted Attraction, the new Grand Ecore RV Park (opened by the Recd River Waterway Commission) and the Cane River Creole national Historical Park system.
LOWA works toward improving the education of the citizens of Louisiana in the areas of conservation and preservation of the state’s natural resources and the practice of good sportsmanship and the ethical use of outdoor resources in all out-of-door ventures.
Executive Director Chris Holmes said when looking for hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure and historical resources, Natchitoches is a natural fit for the writers that belong to LOWA. While most members are based in the South, the group was excited to have its conference in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase.