Bayou Dorcheat is one of the most intact riverine floodplains in this region containing approximately equal portions of high quality bottomland forest along Bayou Dorcheat and mixed pine and hardwood upland forest. This preserve is not open for public visitation.
The tract is located in Webster Parish within the Bayou Dorcheat floodplain. Portions of Bayou Dorcheat were identified as high priority sites during ecoregional planning.
Donated by James W. Bransford, the Bayou Dorcheat Preserve is currently 280 acres. Over time, Mr. Bransford has plans to ultimately donate a total of 1,020 acres to The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana is focusing on conserving a viable portion of the Bayou Dorcheat floodplain, river corridor and adjacent slope forests. Much of the Dorcheat bottoms have been altered due to timber management or gravel mining and this tract represents one of the finest remaining examples of bottomland forest along the bayou. The acquisition of the entire donation will also permit the Conservancy to protect an extensive stand of mature mixed loblolly/shortleaf/hardwood forest. At the site, TNC will focus on restoring the bottomland forest, cypress swamp and, in particular, the shortleaf pine found in the uplands. The preservation of this site will complement work by TNC along the bayou within the grounds of