I wanted to share with you a new nature guide booklet that was just introduced this past week by the Vicksburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The new VCVB guide is aiming to draw nature enthusiast and also restructuring of the VCVB web site. Some twenty-five nature sites are offering a host of outdoor activities within a 30-mile drive of Vicksburg and is highlighted in the new 25-page guide. The glossy, full color guide was unveiled by VCVB Executive Director Bill Seratt at their monthly meeting last Thursday. The VCVB partnered with the Audubon Society Lower Mississippi River Program in Vicksburg and the Lower Delta Partnership to create the guide - one of several the VCVB has created to tap into what Seratt call "niche markets."
Creating and printing 50,000 of the nature guides cost $26,500, said Seratt, with the VCVB picking up the bulk of the cost. The Audubon Society contributed $5,000, and the Lower Delta Partnership another $2,500, he said. It features maps, directions and descriptions of state parks, lakes, historic sites, wildlife management areas and national forests near Vicksburg in Mississippi and Louisiana offering bicycling trails, boat launches, camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Information about scenic drives, Mississippi River tours and regional outdoors festivals are also included, as well as Web site links and phone numbers. You can pick up a guide at our local visitors centers or just called the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce and they will mail you one. Have a happy summer!