Celebrating the Latest LTL Project for Earth Day!
The Land Trust for Louisiana is celebrating its latest project just in time for Earth Day! We now hold a conservation servitude on the ~1400-acre Waldheim Mitigation Bank in St. Tammany Parish.
The bank sponsor will restore nearly 800 acres of wet longleaf pine savanna habitats – one of the most threatened in North America. A savanna is a grassland with few scattered trees and shrubs and is similar to prairie or meadow. Many species occurring with longleaf pine occur nowhere else and are globally or regionally rare. The pine savannas in southeast Louisiana support more state-rare plant species than any other habitat in Louisiana!
The site also contains almost 200 acres of bayhead swamp habitat along the beautiful small streams that traverse the property. The site contains an important segment of the upper reaches of Abita Creek and its tributaries, which form a significant portion of the headwaters of the Abita River, a Louisiana-designated Natural and Scenic Stream. Abita Creek also flows through another LTL project site – the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. Both sites are part of the larger Money Hill Conservation Area where approximately 13,000 acres are currently conserved in wetland mitigation banks.
The Waldheim Mitigation Bank will contribute many watershed benefits in the region including improved water quality, improved habitat for numerous wildlife species, storm-water storage and ground water recharge, reducing flooding downstream.What is a Mitigation Bank?
We Preserve and Protect . . .
Land Trust for Louisiana protects and restores plants, animals, and natural communities on high quality natural areas. We also help protect working forests and other forestland that provides scenic value, recreational access, water quality improvements and other benefits that society depends on. The Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve is one such example.
Louisiana’s agricultural lands are essential to supporting our economy and perpetuating our culture and way of life. Farmland in some parts of our state is particularly vulnerable to development pressures that cause land to be turned over to other uses, degrading natural resources, local economies, and community unity. Land Trust for Louisiana works closely with landowners to help ensure the preservation of farmland. Live Oak Farm is one example.
Louisiana is a water-rich state with an amazing number of rivers, streams, lakes and other water resources that are used for a variety of purposes and enjoyed by its residents. The Land Trust for Louisiana has been working on our coast to secure and restore key marshlands across the New Orleans Land Bridge (NOLB), an important hurricane evacuation route. These wetlands provide important habitat for many fish and wildlife species, including the endangered Gulf sturgeon and manatee. They also serve as a critical barrier to storm surge that enters Lake Pontchartrain during hurricanes and other storm events.
Land Trust for Louisiana works with partners in urban areas to preserve and maintain green spaces for recreation, water management, and other urban uses. These special places offer respite for many city residents and families who might otherwise not have a connection to nature. Learn more about our water management project in the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans.
We are are comprised of Louisiana residents who want to protect our valuable natural and agricultural lands.
Land Trust for Louisiana (LTL) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land conservation organization.
We work cooperatively with local communities, landowners, businesses, and other non-profits to achieve many goals. By working with us, our partners are able to protect river-banks, manage storm-water, create wildlife corridors, protect habitat for migrating birds, and much, much more. We also help to create greenways and blueways and to provide much needed open space for people to work and play.
We are not a government organization. – We work cooperatively with governments, land-owners, and other such agencies as needed.
LTL is accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance Commission and is state certified by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Land Trust for Louisiana is guided by the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices.
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