Little River Canyon Waterfall at Little River Canyon

Clean and wild, the Little River in northeast Alabama is America’s longest mountaintop river, cutting through the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi. Travel along the 11-mile scenic drive on the west rim, and you can stop at overlooks to… Read More

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Weeks Bay NERR

Located about 40 miles south of Mobile, Alabama, Weeks Bay NERR encompasses more than 6,500 acres—of which nearly 5,000 are water. It is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a system that protects more than 1.3 million acres across… Read More

Mapping The Future Of Longleaf Pine image description

Two hundred years ago, the “piney woods” of folk songs were a vast forest sweeping across 90 million acres from Virginia to Texas. The longleaf pine tree towered over the South, sheltering the white-top pitcher plant and the red-cockaded woodpecker… Read More

Connecting Pinhoti And Appalachian Trails Hikers on the Pinhoti Trail

When the Appalachian Trail was mapped in the 1920s, the plan set out by Benton Mackaye called for a trail and associated spurs that stretched from Maine to northern Alabama. While the primary trail was completed in north Georgia in the 1930s,… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Alabama Civil War cannon

Day’s Gap Battlefield Day’s Gap Battlefield, site of a critical Civil War battle in Morgan and Cullman counties, Alabama, remains much as it was 150 years ago and still holds significant natural value in addition to historic importance.  The Fund… Read More


Ray Herndon
Ray Herndon Mandeville, LA
(985) 674-3332

Ray Herndon directs our Lower Mississippi work, with special emphasis on conserving and restoring coastal wetlands and forested floodplains. Ray has been with The Conservation Fund since 2000. He holds an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. and M.A. from Washington College in Maryland.