|River guide touts tourism in Franklin Parish|
Nature tourism is a fast-growing activity worldwide, according to a Mississippi river guide and canoe builder.
John Ruskey, of Clarksdale, Miss., talked about his 13-year-old business, Quapaw Canoe Co., that provides guided expeditions by kayak, canoe and stand-up paddle boards on the Lower Mississippi River and some of its tributaries.
His presentation at the LSU AgCenter's Scott Research and Extension Center Feb. 23 was funded through a grant the AgCenter received from the Walton Family Foundation to help the northeast Louisiana Mississippi River parishes become a nature tourism destination based on un-exploited natural resources, said LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator Dora Ann Hatch
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