Center for Ethics and Leadership

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Environmental Ethics and Entrepreneurial Leadership

When in Louisiana last week, my family and I went on a swamp tour given by Alligator Bayou. The owners, Frank Bonifay and Jim Ragland, were apparently quite successful in real estate and construction as young men. They then sold their business to purchase 1500 acres of the Alligator Bayou swamp in 1993. The swamp had been scheduled for clear cutting by a timber company. Bonifay and Ragland moved 901 acres into permanent preservation by creating the nonprofit Bluff Swamp Wildlife Refuge and Botanical Gardens. They have been working to improve their enterprise as an ecological education organization since. They give a wonderfully informative and entertaining tour. We need more capable leaders like them to put first things first, and to preserve national treasures rather than leaving them to indiscriminate development.


  • I live about 50 miles away from these guys and I have heard of them, but I was not aware of the dedication to the environment that they are actively engaged in. Thanks for filling me in on their preservation project. I am planning to visit them asap.
    I also own a swamp tour company at
    Marcus de la Houssaye

    By Anonymous catahoula1, At May 27, 2008 3:57 PM  

  • It is great that they used their success in real estate to address environmental issues. So few people do now.

    By Anonymous austin_mls realtor, At July 29, 2008 2:25 AM  

  • You might all be very sad to know that for political reasons and greed, Alligator bayou is being drained at this very moment.

    By Blogger Kayla, At April 13, 2009 5:55 PM  

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