Our Mission Statement
The mission of Trailblazer R C & D is to support a quality environment, demonstrate regional leadership, secure resources, and deliver services that build strong, vibrant communities where conservation and development are in balance with the needs of the people.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).
The Trailblazer R C & D area was first organized in October 1966 as the Bossier-Webster R C & D project. In February 1969, it was expanded to include Bienville and Claiborne parishes and was renamed the Trailblazer-4 R C & D area. In December 1974, Lincoln parish was approved for inclusion into the area, and the name was shortened to Trailblazer. In April 1983, Union parish was added as the sixth parish. The Trailblazer area was expanded again to include Jackson and Winn parishes in August 1989.
In February 1988, key community leaders participated in a Problem Identification Workshop. The participants were asked to identify major problems and issues that should be addressed by Trailblazer. The Council adopted improving rural fire protection and increasing employment opportunities as priority objectives.
Needs are continually being recognized or brought to the attention of the Board of Directors by other community leaders. As these needs are identified, projects are considered for approval based on four criteria:
- Firmly established objectives
- Interest and involvement of the Board
- Interest and support of other groups
- Funding and staffing demands.
Our Current Projects
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Water Quality Education
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Featured Speakers: Whitetail Deer Management expert, David Moreland
- Most recently, David Moreland, a 31-year veteran of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, spoke to a Trailblazer audience about deer management.
Supporting the fight against Giant Salvinia
- As a community service 501(c)3 organization, for more than 25 years, Trailblazer has facilitated grant programs having a positive impact for our rural areas.
In 2009, the organization began investing time, energy and money in support of the battle to restore Lake Bistineau. Trailblazer and our partners, are making a difference for Lake Bistineau.
Together, we have developed a coalition of stakeholders, better known as The Bistineau Task Force. Over the months, we have planned and conducted bimonthly public meetings to keep the “lake restoration” in the headlines. Other accomplishments include our web link (http://www.trailblazer.org/btfmain.htm) which allows the public the opportunity to share their concerns directly with BTF members.
This War against Giant Salvinia on Lake Bistineau is benefitting the immediate area as well as the entire region.
Twenty-five years of service
- As much as 10 tons of paper collected each month
- Over 3,500 dry hydrants installed, insurance rates lowered, and homes and lives protected.
- Still very active, recently donating airboat to help fight Lake Bistineau's Giant Salvinia
- Rural homeowners offered wildfire prevention recommendations
- Various projects increased awareness of the declining aquifer.
- Teaching others to develop quality projects and seek funding for them