What Are Louisiana’s Natural Resources?

Louisiana’s natural resources include coastal wetlands, forests, oil and gas, and sulphur and salt. The state also has fertile soil, plenty of rainfall and a long growing season.

Louisiana’s coastal wetlands are divided into nine regions, including the Teche/Vermilion Basin and the Calcasieu/Sabine Basin. The Gulf of Mexico provides an abundance of seafood, such as shrimp, and coastal wetlands produce crawfish.

Forests make up more than 50 percent of Louisiana’s land area, and more than 50 of its parishes have significant lumber industries as of 2015. Pine makes up almost 90 percent of the state’s lumber industry.

The state controls approximately 10 percent of the United States’ known oil reserves.