Home to a number of remarkable plants and animals—including the dusky gopher frog, the rarest in Mississippi—Old Fort Bayou is an excellent example of a coastal plain ecosystem.
Situated on 1,700 acres just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, this was Mississippi's first coastal mitigation bank when it was acquired in 2002. Working with other organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy can significantly increase the benefits of mitigation banking, where wetlands or other resources are restored, created or enhanced when similar areas are unavoidably impacted. Organizations in need of mitigation credits can work with the Conservancy to preserve and restore a variety of locations in South Mississippi.
Through continued cooperation of businesses, individuals and organizations, we are making a positive impact on the health of our coastal ecology.
For more information about the Old Fort Bayou Mitigation Bank or other mitigation project needs statewide, please contact Nelwyn McInnis, Mitigation Program Manager.
The Nature Conservancy
Northshore Field Office
PO Box 1657
Abita Springs, LA 70420