Cane Bayou Mitigation Bank is a 1170 acre site comprised primarily of long-leaf pine savanna. It is located between Mandeville and Lacomb in St. Tammany parish in a largely urbanized environment. Lake Pontchartrain is approximately two miles downstream.
Restoring the natural composition and structure of native habitats in the Cane Bayou watershed will enhance water quality and wildlife diversity, including that for the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. It will also benefit the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary which is a priority conservation area for Land Trust for Louisiana, The Nature Conservancy and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. This estuary is one of the largest estuaries in the nation and retains a relatively intact interaction between freshwater rivers to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. It supports rare sea grass communities that are critically important for many aquatic species and provides important habitat for a variety of rare or declining species such as Gulf sturgeon and the Florida manatee.