Located just outside of Houma in Lafourche Parish, Bayou Grand Coteau is the conservation easement held by Land Trust for Louisiana on the former sugarcane plantation known as Cypress Knee Farm.
Here, the landowner established a mitigation bank consisting of 121 acres of mixed bottomland hardwood forest (BLH) and a cypress swamp. Planted were seven different types of oak, maple, ash, evergreens, cedar, mulberry, persimmons, pecan, hackberry, and bald cypress. In all, over 50,000 bottomland hardwood trees and 20,000 cypress trees were established
As it matures, this forest will provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, ospreys, alligators, beavers, otters, mink, songbirds, water birds, deer, waterfowl, bass fish, perch fish, and crawfish. Louisiana Black Bear are also found in the area and this project contributes to habitat restoration goals for this special animal.