Terrebonne Parish has been shaped by rivers, bayous and the gulf, the cultures of Native Americans and other early settlers, and an economy largely based on the area’s natural resources. Over 85 percent of the parish is water and wetlands, with freshwater marsh in the northern areas, brackish marshes further south, and saltwater marshes near the coast. The extensive bayous, wetlands, and marshes of Terrebonne provide recreational, agriculture, aquaculture and economic opportunities. In Terrebonne Parish, the natural environment has shaped where residents live and where major business and industries have located. This will continue to be the case in the future, as the parish’s landscape shifts to more open water, less land and increased impacts from future storm surge with the disappearance of the wetland buffer.