We are pleased to announce that for this 550.5-acre conservation easement, Land Trust for Louisiana is partnering with St. Mary Parish’s The J.M. Burguières Co., Limited. Founded in 1877, they are the largest single family-owned land holding and acquisition company currently in operation in Louisiana, with operations in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.
The Kilgore Plantation was formerly part of the oldest running sugarcane company in Louisiana. The land itself is being restored to a mix of bottomland hardwood forest, cypress-tupelo forest, and fresh marshland.
They will provide protection for a wide variety of wildlife and plant habitats: bald eagles, ospreys, songbirds, cardinals, ibis, blue heron, great white egrets, eastern bluebirds, purple martins, deer, wood ducks, oak, maple, ash, evergreens, cedar, palmettos, mulberry, persimmons, pecan, and hackberry.
Especially exciting is the creation of habitat for the endangered Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus).
In addition to the re-establishment of the forests and fresh water marshlands, we also will see the restoration of currently impaired aquatic functions important for the area.