Richie Blink

Plaquemines Parish Community Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

Richie Blink has spent a lifetime in the wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta studying its ecosystem, people, and economy. He currently serves as the Plaquemines Community Outreach Coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation’s Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition. Richie works closely with local stakeholders to ensure widespread support of sustainable and comprehensive restoration of the Mississippi River Delta. Prior to joining the coalition, Richie was employed with Plaquemines Parish Government as the Coastal Zone Program Manager to achieve zero net loss of wetlands.

Richie uses his extensive knowledge of the Mississippi River Delta for both work and play. He has organized grassroots wetland restoration efforts that resulted in the planting of more than 15,000 cypress trees to reverse land loss and reduce storm surge near his home south of New Orleans. He serves as a board member of the Woodlands Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust organization focused on preservation of Louisiana’s coastal forest ecosystems. In his free time, he guides motorboat tours into Louisiana’s coastal wetlands for Lost Lands Environmental Tours L3C. Always exploring, Richie holds a private pilot license and is a licensed boat captain.

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