What makes this preserve unique?
This area supports a quality mixed pine-hardwood forest on the fringes of the Tunica Hills. There is an interesting mix of native hardwoods with loblolly and shortleaf pines. This site was donated to TNC by the late Mr. & Mrs. L. Heidel Brown in memory of their daughter, Mary Ann.
Why TNC Selected This Site
The Nature Conservancy selected this site for its mature stand of hardwood forest, dominated by beech and southern magnolia.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana has developed this site into one of our more accessible preserves because of its scenic beauty and relatively low sensitivity to public use. Mature beech-magnolia-holly forest, unusual topography, and high plant and animal species richness, make this preserve especially inviting to visitors. Stewardship activities have focused on trail construction, restoration of old fields back to diverse native forest, and control of non-native weeds.
Steep slopes and a permanent stream are distinctive features on the property. The combination of sweet loess (wind deposited) soil and the microclimate created by the deep ravines provides an environment with unique plant and animal life. This uniqueness is demonstrated by the large diversity of woody plants found in the preserve. In addition, the preserve affords an excellent opportunity for bird watching and the region is the only place in Louisiana to see chipmunks, which are highly visible during the warmer months.