Chute Lake in the Conservancy’s Herman Murrah Preserve, which protects 1600 acres of bottomland hardwood swamp.
Herman Murrah Preserve Chute Lake in the Conservancy’s Herman Murrah Preserve, which protects 1600 acres of bottomland hardwood swamp. © Erika Nortemann/TNC

Places We Protect

Herman Murrah Preserve

Mississippi

This 1,600-acre preserve includes a 180-acre island in the Pascagoula River.

A vital connection between the Charles M. Deaton Nature Preserve and the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area, this site helps protect an important river corridor used by animals such as the following:

  • Black bear
  • Great egret
  • Anhinga
  • American alligator
  • Otter
  • Wild Turkey
  • Yellow-blotched map turtle (found only in the Pascagoula basin)

An abundance of plant species is supported by the removal of non-native species such as cogongrass and Chinese tallow, which can grow quickly and out-compete native species. Native plants include:

  • Bald cypress
  • Water tupelo
  • Wild clematic
  • Palmetto
  • Mayhaw
  • Swamp chestnut oak
  • Cypress
  • Crabapple
  • Cherrybark oak
  • Willow oak
  • Persimmon
  • Sugarberry

Thanks to our partners who have helped protect the area's plant and communities:

  • Coastal Impact Assistance Program
  • Conservancy staff and volunteers
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Council